North Berwick in Bloom - 2022 RHS Britain in Bloom finalist
In 2022, North Berwick in Bloom was one of two groups representing Scotland in the RHS UK-wide Britain in Bloom finals. The group won a well-deserved Gold medal and were overall Coastal winners. Libby Morris, Chair of the group was also recognised with a Community Champion Award. Find out more.
North Berwick in Bloom (NBiB)works all year round to improve the local environment and works with other local groups to raise awareness of issues such as recycling, litter, sustainability and biodiversity. Te group has a great working relationship with East Lothian Council. NBiB maintains over 100 seasonal planters, a tulip festival with 40 varieties in spring, 100 hanging baskets in summer and 30 permanently planted beds. It looks after a historic rock garden, fernery, stumpery, daffodil display, a shade bed, a subtropical bed and a semi desert bed, uses annual mixes for insect friendly displays around town, and maintains beds of biblical plants at a church. The group assists the local gardening club, the day centre for elderly people, and local schools.
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.