Alloa in Bloom
Alloa in Bloom is in its second year of Beautiful Scotland and takes a very strong community approach to its work - involving the BID businesses and other community groups. In 2022 this will include local schools and young people as well as widening the involvement of town centre churches and promoting local growing areas as part of Clacks Good Food.
In 2021, Alloa in Bloom won the David Welch Memorial Award for Something Special - for the partnership between Alloa First BID and Gartinny Nursery, an outreach facility run by Scottish Autism, for supply of quality plants for town centre displays. A key attribute to the group is how they have organised their supply of plant material. Instead of relying on their local authority, they have established a working partnership with a plant nursery, which is an outreach facility run by Scottish Autism. The town centre is a riot of colour, with numerous hanging containers, half barrels and planters, and the plants are grown to a standard as good as, if not better, than any leading Scottish ornamental plant producer.