1966 an Award for the Best Kept Kinross-shire Village was initiated
by Sir Robert Stewart of Arndean, Lord Lieutenant of Kinross-shire,
under the auspices of Kinross Burgh Council. In 1997 the organisation
of the competition was delegated to the Kinross-shire Civic Trust.
The Award was and continues to encourage a pride in the environment
of each settlement and also helps maintain the identity of the old
county. This philosophy was extended to two further Awards; for Architecture
in 1991 and for the Environment in 1993.
Kept Village Awards The
first Competition in 1966 was won by Milnathort, at that time a comparatively
small community. Many more settlements now enter and since 1998 the
competition has been run in two parts, with categories for hamlets
as well as villages.
The settlements which have entered over the years are:-
Crook of Devon
Keltybridge & Marybugh
There is a cast iron
plaque and a trophy for the winner of each category, to display
for the following year and runners up are presented with a certificate.
The Village winners receive the Lena Graham Cup and the Hamlet winners
receive the Donald Erskine Cup.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the competition in 2006
Sir Robert Stewart donated a new cup for the Most Improved Village
taken during April and May each year and three judges, from outside
the County if possible, are appointed to visit each village around
the second week in July.
Award was first instigated in 1991 and was initiated to give recognition
to the architect to reflect how they have responded to the brief
in their design and construction work. The Award alternates between
New Build and Conservation, Conversion or Extension projects, on
an approximately bi-annual basis. Entries from both private and
public projects are encouraged. The awards are made in respect of
the buildings but, of course, credit is attached to all those associated
with the projects. The assessment is undertaken by an independent
panel of judges, who are eminent in their field and knowledge of
design. Applications are welcome from architects, other interested
parties or owners, whose permission must, in any event, be obtained.
The next competition
will run in 2016 and will be for any NEW BUILDING completed
between January 2010 and April 2016.
of Entry and application
form (as pdf) or application
form (as .doc) are available on this website or from Robert
Galbraith, for Kinross-shire Civic Trust Awards Committee, Garden
Cottage, Ledlanet, Kinross-shire, KY13 0RR.
order to stimulate local public interest in and care for the environment,
the Trust offers an award which is designed to promote and encourage
environmental improvement schemes, including the planting of woodland
and the management of existing woodland.
The Shield is a local piece of bur elm with winners names embossed
onto silver leaves.
The area of the competition
is the old county of Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Parish and takes
place approximately every four years. The last competition ran in
Entries may comprise
any area between 0.1 and 10 hectares in size.
Judges will be looking for schemes of an environmental nature, including
woodland planting and management of land or woodland which include
some of the following:-
• Fit into the landscape
• Promote the growth of good quality timber
• Are well maintained
• Utilize native species
• Help maintain the diversity of wildlife
• Accommodate recreational use, such as footpaths/sporting
• Help minimise soil erosion