North Berwick in Bloom
North Berwick in Bloom's enthusiastic team of volunteers works all year round on various projects around the town. The group wants to ensure that not only is the local environment improved by a wide range of imaginative planting, but that awareness is raised on such issues as recycling, sustainability and littering. Over the years it has developed a great working relationship with East Lothian Council, and also developed links with a wide cross section of various local groups, residents, schools and businesses.
In 2019, as well as winning the Premier 'Rosebowl' Award, the group pciked up the Community Horticulture Discretionary Award: NBiB maintains over one hundred planters with seasonal bedding throughout the year, along with ninety hanging baskets in summer in the town centre. Thirty permanent beds have been created which are all maintained by volunteers. NBiB also has responsibility for several distinct areas within the town park: an historic rock garden, fernery, stumpery, daffodil display with 33 varieties, a shade bed, a subtropical bed and a dry semi desert bed. NBiB organises a tuple festival, uses annual mixes for low cost, insect friendly displays in spaces around town, maintains a bed of biblical plants at a church and provides floral displays for the golf club. With council colleagues, NBiB designs a carpet bed each year, 2019’s is based on the Solheim Cup as the European team captain lives in the town. NBiB works very closely with East Lothian Council gardeners to mitigate the effect of financial cutbacks and helps the local gardening club, the day centre for elderly people, and local schools with their gardening activities.