The Royal Horticulutral Society (RHS)
The Beautiful Scotland programme is run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which promotes horticulture through flower shows such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, RHS Tatton Park Flower Show and RHS Cardiff Flower Show. The Royal Horticultural Society also supports training for professional and amateur gardeners.
In 2002, the RHS took over the administration of the Britain in Bloom campaign and, in 2010, the Society launched 'It's Your Neighbourhood', a programme to encourage people to get involved in horticulture for the benefit of their community. It runs alongside Beautiful Scotland but is non-competitive and is based on the three pillars (or themes) of community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.
Many It’s Your Neighbourhood groups now work with Beautiful Scotland groups to add value to beautification initiatives in villages, towns and cities all over Scotland, and we are proud to be running both programmes in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. In Scotland, in 2019 the overall winner in Beautiful Scotland was North Berwick in Bloom, with UK final wins for Brig in Bloom, Blooming Haddington, St Andrews in Bloom, Silver Gilt awards for Dunfermline Delivers and Growing Kirkcaldy, and Beautiful Perth crowned the UK Champion of Champions. 163 groups were recognised through It’s Your Neighbourhood.
Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach said: “Scotland has a fantastic track record of taking part in It’s Your Neighbourhood and the RHS Britain in Bloom competition, and the Beautiful Scotland winners are always of the highest standard. From small villages through to the cities, communities in Scotland truly embrace the campaign and make a huge contribution to the country’s environmental sustainability."