Success for Dundee07/09/18
It was a night of triumph for Dundee at the Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards last night.
Broughty Ferry in Bloom moved up a medal this year, securing a Gold in the Coastal Town category for demonstrating fantastic horticultural achievement over a number of diverse projects, from the Dolphin Bed with its evergreen planting, to seashore planters with wind and saltwater tolerant planting.
Bonnie Dundee secured a Silver Gilt medal certificate and the City Trophy.
In addition, Dundee was presented with the VisitScotland Award for Tourism - recognising the work at the Waterfront area and Slessor Gardens.
As part of the City’s redevelopment a number of new garden areas have been introduced, many of which have been designed and constructed by community groups.
As a result, these are now heavily used by a wide variety of people - from individuals having their lunch to large scale concerts.
Depute Convener of Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Anne Rendall, who was at the award ceremony, said:
“It was great to share the delight of all those present last night in the hat trick of awards Dundee achieved. It’s entirely down to the hard work and dedication of the council, and the community and friends’ groups who get involved in wider efforts to improve the city for us all to enjoy.
“The surprise discretionary award from VisitScotland for the Mary Slessor community pocket gardens, was the icing on the cake and comes just in time for the V&A opening next week.
“People coming to Dundee to see V&A will I hope take the short walk over to Slessor Gardens where they can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a garden right in the heart of our city.”
Pete Leonard, Operations Director, of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented: “Now in its 52nd year, Beautiful Scotland continues to provide the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Scotland’s volunteers, local authority staff and businesses and to recognise the tireless efforts of communities across the country who work to clean up, green up and beautify Scotland’s villages, towns and cities.
“I would like to commend the groups from Dundee for their fantastic work. It is thanks to their efforts that local spaces and places they treasure are maintained to such high standards.”