New look Floral Gateway competition is launched

Councillor David Paterson, Scottish Borders Council's Executive Member for Environmental Services and Service Director for Neighbourhood Services Jenni Craig launch the new look Floral Gateway competition.
Councillor David Paterson, Scottish Borders Council's Executive Member for Environmental Services and Service Director for Neighbourhood Services Jenni Craig launch the new look Floral Gateway competition.

A series of new community awards are up for grabs in this year’s new look Floral Gateway competition.

While the traditional awards will still be contested, Scottish Borders Council is keen for communities, individuals or groups who have an interest in the environmental maintenance of their town or village to put themselves forward.

The new awards are: Welcome award - for first time entrants to the Floral Gateway competition.

Border Biodiversity Award – Where a project, initiative or community wishes to be considered for their efforts in increasing the biodiversity of the region. This could be through local food production, recycling or through enhancing the region as a result of changed environmental maintenance.

Clean and Tidy award – Community groups, individuals and representative councils may propose a project or initiative within their community that they feel should be highlighted. It could be a good example of dealing with litter, graffiti, fly tipping, dog fouling or another environmental issue.

Quality of Life award – One award in each of the Council’s five areas (Berwickshire, Cheviot, Eildon, Teviot and Liddesdale and Tweeddale). This award will recognise the significant impact that a project, initiative or ongoing community involvement in each area has made to support, promote and enhance the quality of life in that area.

The 16th running of the contest will continue with the five traditional Floral Gateway awards, which are again open to all communities in the region.

The classes are: Wee villages with a maximum population of 300; Small villages with a population between 301 and 1,000; Large villages with a population between 1,001 and 2,500; Towns with a population over 2,500; The Champion of Champions which sees the class winners from the previous year go head-to-head against each other.

Entry forms are available from www.scotborders.gov.uk/floralgateway and should be submitted by Friday, May 29, with judging expected to take place in late July or early August and the awards evening taking place in September.