Scotland’s Railway flourishes at Beautiful Scotland Awards

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Community projects across Scotland’s Railway flourished at the Beautiful Scotland Awards in Dumfries last week.

Five volunteer groups on Scotland’s Railway triumphed from the 12 categories and 13 discretionary awards.

The ceremony recognised the commitment of volunteers across the country who work hard to improve the places they care for.

ScotRail station adopters North Berwick in Bloom took home top prize - the prestigious Beautiful Scotland Rosebowl Award – as well as the Coastal Town Trophy and Community Horticultural Award.

North Berwick in Bloom's enthusiastic team of volunteers work all year round on various projects around the town, including at North Berwick railway station.

The volunteers maintain 28 barrel-planters, a barrel train, station garden and the immediate surrounding area.

Other winners on the night were Uddingston Pride who won the Urban Community Trophy for their work to improve the appearance of the community in Uddingston, including at the station where they completely regenerated the station environment with hanging baskets and artwork on the station building.

Lanark in Bloom picked up the Haddington 700 Award. The community group care for Lanark station, maintaining 12 planters and hanging baskets.

Volunteer group Milngavie in Bloom won the VisitScotland Award for Tourism, whose work to improve the local environment stretches from Milngavie station to the Antonine Garden.

Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group picked up a gold medal for their work to provide floral displays and landscape for the benefit of the public, including at Inverurie railway station, where they provide and maintain hanging baskets.

ScotRail Community Development Executive Tracy Stevenson said:

“I’d like to congratulate the winners and thank all the volunteers for their hard work and contribution, not just to Scotland’s Railway, but to the wider local community.

“Supporting local communities and their projects is incredibly important, and these award wins showcase the fantastic work of our many volunteers across Scotland’s Railway.”