Congratulations to Edinburgh on Beautiful Scotland win

Councillor Lesley Hinds, the city's Environment Convener, expresses her thanks to all those involved in helping Edinburgh secure the top spot at the Beautiful Scotland awards.

The capital won the coveted City Award at a ceremony yesterday (11 September) and will now go on to represent Scotland in the national Britain in Bloom competition.

She said: "It's fantastic news that Edinburgh has been recognised as the top city in Scotland for its green spaces. I was thrilled to meet the judges when they visited Edinburgh last month and I'm delighted we can now add another Beautiful Scotland City Award to the capital's impressive record of accolades for parks and green spaces.

"The award positively reflects on all the excellent work staff do to keep the city looking attractive all year round. My deepest thanks must also go to all the volunteers and local community groups who have worked hard to successfully transform their local environments. However this is not a time to be complacent as we'll now be looking ahead to next summer's Britain in Bloom competition where Edinburgh will be representing Scotland in the national awards. Here's hoping we can add a gold medal next year to our collection!"

View the full list of 2012 award winners here.

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