In 2016, volunteer judges were estimated to contribute over 1,200 hours of time to the Beautiful Scotland campaign, so it is clear that without the contribution of our expert judges and the invaluable guidance they give to the entrants, Beautiful Scotland would not be the campaign it is today. [If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer judge for Beautiful Scotland, please check out the volunteer opportunity here].
Find out about the Beautiful Scotland judges below.
Adrian joined the Beautiful Scotland judging and It's Your Neighbourhood assessing teams in 2016. He is a Professional Gardener and Lecturer in Horticulture.
Alan has been involved in Horticulture for 35 years, employed by Aberdeen City Council, and therefore over the years has been involved in many campaigns. In 2010 he was persuaded to become a trainee judge for Beautiful Scotland and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the ideas and ingenuity of the entrants in their endeavours in creating better environments for all. Work commitments dictated unfortunately that he was unavailable for the next two years until returning as an assessor for It's Your Neighbourhood in 2013, and doing both campaigns in 2014. Alan has a history of volunteering starting with setting up a local flower show whilst still an apprentice, being on the committee for 10 years, joining the Institute of Groundsmanship and becoming Treasurer of the Scotland and Ireland region, and managing the annual “Scotsurf” exhibition. For the last 14 years Alan has enjoyed his hobby of being a volunteer Groundsman for his beloved Aberdeen Football Club. The one common denominator is the lasting friendships that have been struck up, and the opportunity to visit and enjoy a wide variety of experiences through volunteering. The highlight of his career was last year in Bristol where he accepted, on behalf of Aberdeen’s 'in bloom' group, a Gold medal in the City category of the RHS Britain and Bloom finals - a proud moment that he is sure that anyone who has ever entered the competition can relate to.
Alison has been a judge for Beautiful Scotland for a number of years. Her background is one of ecology, but over time this experience has been broadened to encompass greenspace management and community engagement. She is currently Greenspace Team Leader for Dundee City Council which is responsible for outdoor access, forestry development, community participation, asset management, greenspace information and quality. She is also a very keen gardener and loves nothing better than pottering around her Carnoustie cottage garden. For the last six years Alison has brought her passion for gardening and her professional world together to create the Council's show garden at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival. In her capacity as a Beautiful Scotland judge, Alison thoroughly enjoys having the opportunity to visit communities who feel as passionately as she does about caring for their local environment and involving others in it.
Andrew works for East Lothian Council and has been judging for Beautiful Scotland for a number of years now. He spends a lot of time giving support and encouragement to groups in East Lothian.
Colin is both a Beautiful Scotland judge (he has been judging for us since 2008) and an assessor for It’s Your Neighbourhood. Colin has had a varied and considerable experience throughout the public sector over the past 40 plus years. Started with Blackpool Parks as an apprentice in 1972 then gained a place at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, successfully completing the Diploma course (DHE). Then a move down to Warwickshire College as a Horticultural Technician/Instructor, then a move to Dundee City Council in 1983 as Parks Training Officer. He held other roles within Dundee City Council. Assistant Horticultural Officer, Horticultural Officer and latterly Health & Safety Officer for the then Leisure & Communities Department. Since its inception Colin was heavily involved in the organisation and logistics for the Dundee Flower & Food Festival. Taking early retirement in September 2011. Colin is a long standing member of the Hardy Plant Society and has been the Vice Convener for the Scotland & Northern Borders Group of the HPS. He has experience of putting up Horticultural exhibits at various events.
George has been a Beautiful Scotland judge since 2010 and has gained a vast experience within the horticultural industry, starting off as an apprentice gardener on the Queens Royal Estate at Balmoral, then a move to Aberdeen City Council in 1978 as a gardener and working his way up through the ranks to grounds maintenance officer. He is now involved in the development of local strategies within the city relating to parks & green spaces, and involved in assisting and supporting local community groups with ‘In Bloom’ initiatives, and the setting up of various Friends groups within the city.
Gregor is a lecturer in Horticulture at Dundee and Angus college. He has been a Beautiful Scotland judge and assessor for It's Your Neighbourhood for a number of years.
Jenny Sibbald is part of the St Andrews in Bloom group. She became a judge for Beautiful Scotland, and an assessor for It's Your Neighbourhood in 2015.
John joined Keep Scotland Beautiful's team of judges and assessors in 2014. The majority of his working career was within the flower seed trade, serving in a sales and technical capacity with Colegrave Seeds and Moles Seeds. Through this work he came in contact with growers and local authorities throughout Scotland, Ireland and Northern England, often assisting in plant choice for entries in Beautiful Scotland, Ulster in Bloom and Yorkshire in Bloom. Trained at East of Scotland College of Agriculture, West of Scotland Agricultural College, and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John possesses a wide experience including many aspects of horticulture such as education and training, horticultural therapy, and ornamental crop production. Since 1960 John has also been involved with amateur gardening groups and, via Scottish Gardeners Forum, gives talks to local groups. From 1994 to 1997 he was Secretary of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society as well as for over forty years being the mainstay of Blackhall Horticultural Society.
June has worked as a garden designer for the last 10 years and, more recently as volunteer coordinator at Amisfield Walled Garden in Haddington. She is a verifier for Grow and Learn, a programme run by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, and is on the East Lothian committee for Scotlands Gardens. She is now Manager of a new walled garden project at Gilmerton House, involving volunteers in the restoration of an historic kitchen garden. June joined the judging team in 2016 and very much enjoys being involved with the work of Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Liz joined the Beautiful Scotland judging team a number of years ago and loves being involved. She is employed as Development Manager for Scotland at the Royal Horticultural Society, based in Edinburgh and works to develop and promote horticultural education opportunities throughout Scotland. Prior to joining the RHS in January 2014, she spent nearly 10 years with the environmental charity, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust, working on a wide range of programmes to improve local environments and engage people with their local greenspaces. She had a particular focus on developing the Trust’s portfolio of community gardening projects and believes passionately in the benefits of plants and gardening to help create a pride of place, promote health and wellbeing and to bring communities together. She is an active member of her own local community, having worn many hats over the years, and is a founder member of her village film society and committee member of the local horticultural society.
Lorraine joined the Beautiful Scotland judges in 2015. She has been a keen amateur gardener all her life, since 'helping' her father grow giant leeks on his allotment when she was just a toddler. One of her ambitions is to eventually open her own garden under Scotland's Gardens scheme. She is looking forward to meeting the people who work so hard to keep Scotland beautiful, and to get inspiration for her own garden from their ideas. Lorraine is an active committee member of the Arbroath Horticultural Society.
Sandra has been judging for Beautiful Scotland for many years, and also assesses for It’s Your Neighbourhood. She is heavily involved in Forres in Bloom and is a retired head teacher.
Sandy has been employed with Aberdeen City Council for 36 years, starting off as an apprentice gardener and working his way up through the ranks. He is now responsible for development and local strategies within the city relating to green spaces and community involvement. Sandy is the chair of Aberdeen’s Allotment Forum, past chair of Aberdeen in Bloom and enjoys giving talks on parks and gardens to local groups in the north east (he apparently assesses his talks through a process called a Sconometer which he says he was led astray with by fellow judges!!). Sandy enjoys all the ‘In Bloom’ campaigns and has been involved one way or another with ‘In Bloom’ initiatives for over 30 years, taking up a judges role for Beautiful Scotland five years ago and becoming a Green Flag judge last year. He firmly believes in supporting both new and old communities, not only to engage in their local environment but, as he has seen all over the country in his judging, communities taking ownership and making major differences to their local area. Sandy has also recently become an ambassador for Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Stan da Prato
Stan grew up in North Berwick and still lives in East Lothian. He learned his practical horticulture from his father, a professional gardener of the old school, before taking up a career in education. His spare time studies of song birds in the Lothians led to a Doctorate from Edinburgh University. Stan is Chairman of the Advisory Group for Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve, a member of East Lothian’s Biodiversity Forum, past president of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, former secretary of the Scottish Begonia Society and a council member of the Scottish Rock Garden Club and the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society. He also edits the journals Scottish Birds and The Caledonian Gardener, as well as helping out with several gardening clubs in East Lothian. His horticultural and environmental work for North Berwick in Bloom led to an RHS Community Champion award. He enjoys visiting local groups where he is often asked to speak on gardening, wildlife, and travels which so far have ranged from Antarctica to Greenland and all continents in between.
Terry is a judge for Beautiful Scotland and an assessor for It's Your Neighbourhood. Terry worked with Aberdeen City Council in various positions within the Links and Parks, Leisure and Recreation, Contracting Services and finally as an Area Officer in Environmental Services involved in all aspects of Horticultural for 42 years. In this time Aberdeen was an entrant in Beautiful Scotland and Britain in Bloom winning various awards. Terry retired in 2010, and is now involved with Slopefield Allotments entry to Its Your Neighbourhood, and encouraging and assisting other groups in Aberdeen to become involved in Its Your Neighbourhood. He thinks it is good to get people involved in their neighbourhoods as it makes a huge difference to the area they live in. Terry has been a Beautiful Scotland Judge for six years and an Its Your Neighbourhood Assessor for five, meeting great people and seeing beautiful displays (sometimes the weather does not do its best for the community or judge on the day!). Terry grows annuals and herbaceous plants to exhibit at various Flower Shows; if he is not showing he judges 'Cut Flowers' at several Flower Shows in the area. Terry has been involved with the Royal Horticultural Society of Aberdeen for the past 26 years and Chairman from 2010 to 2013 - the society run a Spring and Summer show annually.