One award in bag, Leslie set for two

Leslie's Beautiful Fife and Beautiful Scotland campaign'2014
Leslie's Beautiful Fife and Beautiful Scotland campaign'2014

Leslie has been named best ‘Small Town’ at this year’s Beautiful Fife awards.

And those behind the campaign in the town will be hoping to make it a double when the Beautiful Scotland Awards are announced on Friday.

The Leslie community sought off competition from across the Kingdom to take the title at the ceremony held in Rothes Halls last week.

The town is one of 13 communities representing Fife at the Beautiful Scotland Awards, which will be announced at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival.

A total of 59 communities covering the length and breadth of the region took part in this year’s Beautiful Fife campaign, with each awarded their certificate by Depute Provost, and Glenrothes councillor Kay Morrison.

The depute provost said: “What a delight it was to take part tonight; it’s great being able to celebrate all the hard work of the local communities. Special congratulations to all the category winners for their imagination and horticultural skills. Fife’s the real winner when our communities pull together to improve their local environments.”

The communities were judged during the later part of July and were assessed on horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community involvement.

Keith Jackson, Fife Council parks and community events officer, said: “Well done to everyone who took part in Beautiful Fife this year. It’s great to see the number of communities taking part in this campaign increase.

“The people of Fife appreciate their enthusiasm and efforts and I am sure all the success will inspire many more communities to get involved. Thanks also go to all the local volunteer judges, who gave of their own free time and expertise.”

Leslie was not the only local community to have its hard work recognised in the awards. Glenrothes received a gold award, while Milton of Balgonie and Thornton achieved silver. Star of Markinch and Woodside received bronze.

Mr Jackson added: “So many communities in Fife are now in the running for these awards year after year and I’d like to pay tribute to every single group and volunteer who is helping to make Fife beautiful. Their success in our annual Beautiful Fife campaigns has stood them in good stead. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Fife does well at the awards this week.”