Britain in Bloom winners 2016
Five winning groups from our 2015 Beautiful Scotland campaign represented Scotland in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition this year, competing with more than 1,000 other groups across Britain. Two, Aberdeen and Haddington, were crowned as best in the UK in their categories.
At the RHS UK Finals Awards Ceremony for 2016, hosted by TV Gardening Expert Chris Beardshaw, on 14 October in Birmingham, 72 finalists were presented medals and awards.
The Scottish entrants were very successful and achieved the following:
Growing Smarter Granite City Aberdeen
City Category Winner
RHS Britain in Bloom Award for Overcoming Adversity
RHS Britain in Bloom Public Park Award for Duthie Park
Bute in Bloom
Silver Gilt Medal
Dufftown in Bloom
Silver Gilt Medal
Discretionary Award - RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award to Anne Fraser
Discretionary Award - RHS Britain in Bloom Young People's Award
Town Category Winner
Carole Noble, Operations Director at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We are delighted that five winners from our national Beautiful Scotland competition last year represented Scotland in the RHS Britain in Bloom finals in 2016, and have achieved so much.
“We know that the work of these groups to raise horticultural standards, improve environmental quality and to reach out to members of the community, directly impacts almost a million people who live in the cities, towns and villages across Scotland.
“The five Scottish finalists deserve a huge thank you from all of those in Scotland who reap the benefits, and we’d like to say a massive thank you to them and all those members of the ‘bloom’ family across the UK.”
Chairman of the UK Judging Panel, Roger Burnett said: “This has been a truly outstanding year for Britain in Bloom with local communities devoting tremendous amounts of time and effort into greening grey areas and sharing the many health and social benefits of horticulture.
“The judges were very impressed by the way communities refused to let the many challenges they faced hold them back. The finalists’ desire and determination to make their environment as green and pleasant as possible was truly humbling."
14 October 2016