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Scottish Britain in Bloom finalists announced

Scottish 2017 Britain in Bloom finalists are announced following success in our Beautiful Scotland competition last year.

Eight winning groups from our 2016 Beautiful Scotland campaign will represent Scotland in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017.

Aberdeen, Bothwell, Coupar Angus, Forres, Kilconquhar, Kickcaldy, North Berwick and Uddingston Pride will join 71 other Britain in Bloom finalists competing to be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.

Of these, Aberdeen, will be competing in the prestigious ‘Champion of Champions’ category, having won a Gold award in the 2016 Finals.

Scottish finalists were chosen for their commitment to environmental responsibility, their high levels of community participation and their outstanding gardening achievements.

In August, the finalists will lead RHS Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of their areas as they bid to win a top award. The winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on 27 October 2017.

A number of special awards that recognise excellence in a particular area, be that protecting the local environment, getting young people involved in gardening, or overcoming adversity such as flooding or vandalism, will also be up for grabs.

Carole Noble, Operations Director with Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “It is brilliant news that eight of Scotland’s cleanest, greenest and most sustainable communities will represent the country in the RHS Britain in Bloom finals in 2017. 

Keep Scotland Beautiful, in partnership with the RHS, has supported the work of these local authority and community led groups, to raise horticultural standards, improve environmental quality and to reach out to members of the community for decades. 

We’d like to wish the Scottish finalists, all winners in our Beautiful Scotland campaign which celebrates pride in our local neighbourhoods, every success for 2017.” 

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach, said: “Congratulations to all the groups on reaching the UK Finals of this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom campaign. To get this far is a fantastic achievement for all the groups and the armies of volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to make Britain a more beautiful place to live.

That we have such a breadth of finalists is testament to the reach and relevance of the campaign, with finalists representing an incredibly diverse range of places, from small rural villages, right through to vast urban areas in our inner cities. We wish the Scottish finalists the very best of luck as they embark on a gardening year to remember.” 

You can read more about the Scottish Britain in Bloom 2017 finalists here.

30 January 2017

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