Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street 2019: Open for Applications!
Are you passionate about your town centre, and feel your high street has something unique to offer? Has there been positive local work or change taking place in your community? We’d love to hear about it as part of the search for Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street 2019!
Now in its third year, towns agency Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) and environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) are once again on the search for Scotland’s most beautiful and inspiring high streets. We encourage local authorities, business improvement districts, development trusts, community councils and any other individual or local organisation to get involved.
The competition takes a broad understanding of the word “beautiful”. Entries will be judged on factors including horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility, and community participation. Entries will be shortlisted by STP and KSB, and the winner chosen by a public vote.
All shortlisted entries receive significant national online profile, with potential opportunities for additional media coverage. The winner will be invited to speak at a key event on town regeneration by one of the organising partners. Participating entries will also be invited to consider an organised visit from a local MSP during summer 2020 as part of STP’s MSP Town Connector programme.
How to enter
To enter the Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street competition, send a short description (300 words max) of why your High Street deserves the award by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The document can be either Word or PDF format. Please include one or two high resolution images of your High Street.
The deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday 30 September 2019. Entries will be shortlisted and the winner will then be chosen by an online public vote hosted at www.scotlandstowns.org.
Read more at: https://www.scotlandstowns.org/scotlands_most_beautiful_high_street
Marj Chalmers, Chair of 2018 winners Turriff Business Association, encouraged towns to get involved, stating:
“Entering and winning the title of Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street last year was a great honour for us. Winning overall was fantastic and a great boost for Turriff. I would encourage anybody to take part as it greatly benefited us. We had lots of press coverage and also television news coverage with STV news visiting Turriff and doing a report. The footfall was increased greatly and it certainly put Turriff on the map with the businesses in Turriff benefiting from the extra trade.
The award that myself and my colleague Rose Logan collected from the Parliament building in Edinburgh was proudly display around Turriff in members premises a week at a time and finally now has pride of place in our Library. It was fantastic we won and was a big thank you to all the groups involved that keep Turriff spotless and beautiful with hanging baskets, litter collection etc”.
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, said:
“Our high streets and town centres are the beating hearts of communities and local economies, and each has its unique identity and experience to offer for both residents and visitors. We want to celebrate the contribution of our high streets and recognise the efforts made to make these spaces clean, attractive, accessible, vibrant and inclusive for all to enjoy.
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive at at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:
“We know that good quality environments are good for business and good for local people. It’s inspiring to see so many communities and businesses across Scotland working together to improve the places they live and work in.
“For over half a decade we have helped communities and local authorities improve the places they care for, through our Beautiful Scotland competition. This opportunity to recognise the most beautiful high street in the country will be a great celebration of those who are working together to ensure we can enjoy cleaner, greener and more sustainable places which help businesses and communities thrive.”