Beautiful Scotland provides the Scottish entrants to the UK-wide Britain in Bloom competition, which is run by the UK Royal Horticultural Society. The competition takes place between the regional and national winners in 18 areas – Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey and 12 English regions.
Scotland has been extremely successful in Britain in Bloom in recent year and 2017 was no exception.
- Aberdeen (Champion of Champions class)
- Coupar Angus (Large Village )
- Forres (Town)
- North Berwick (<12000 coastal)
- Uddingston (Urban)
- Bothwell (Small Town)
- Kilconquhar (Small Village)
- Kirkcaldy (Small City
But the successes didnt stop there!
- Three people were recognised as Community Champions an accolades that is presented to individuals who demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to the Britain in Bloom cause in their community. Someone who has gone over and above to make their Bloom campaign a success.:- Sandra and Ian McLennan from Forres and Terry Scott, Aberdeen.
- Forres not only won Gold but was an overall winner in the Town category and also received an Overcoming Adversity award. Faced with a major challenge when its local plant and gardening materials supplier closed, the group decided to take on the job itself: growing, planting and maintaining over 30,000 bedding plants in a small nursery to enable Forres in Bloom to continue.
- Brighter Bothwell was Involving Young People award winner. An outstanding example of how to engage children and young people in horticulture as a way to help them learn about nature, growing and the environment. Bothwell Community Garden were also winners of Gardening In A Changing Climate award. Singled out by the judges for its commitment and practices, including: the wide use of renewable energy, water conservation and the reuse of materials. In addition, the garden has an all-organic policy, reuses its green waste and keeps bees.
- Parks and Green Spaces – Winner Seaton Park, in Aberdeen where the judges noted that in addition to the look and feel of a ‘pristine park’, Seaton Park includes a range of flood mitigation measures, ‘an impressive range of trees and shrubs across the whole park, wide successional planting and some outstanding specimen trees.’ It also hosts a suite of activities to suit people from all parts of the community.
Congratulations to everyone.