Enter Beautiful Scotland
Registration for the 2020 Beautiful Scotland competition will open at the end of January. To express an interest in taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To take part in Beautiful Scotland you must be a community group (or a partnerhsip of groups/organisations) working to improve and enhance the place where you live. We would expect an entry to be working with a variety of community groups, schools, local organisations and businesses across the entire village, town or city as well as working in partnership with the local authority (where possible).
Judging will take place at the beginning of August for the prestigious trophies within 13 different categories. These categories are based on electoral roll and range from Wee Villages to Cities. There are additional prizes for outstanding effort in specific areas such as biodiversity, sustainability and tourism. A selection of winners are nominated to represent Scotland in the following year's RHS UK Britain in Bloom finals.
2020 Beautiful Scotland theme
This year we have two optional themes for groups to focus activities and celebration events on.
It’s the 20th anniversary of Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2020 so we will be encouraging communities and local authorities to create displays and to be imaginative with the Keep Scotland Beautiful logo. For example, this could be planting a bed with the four colours of our logo, with the words ’20 years; Keep Scotland Beautiful’ around it.
The other theme is Scotland’s official ‘Year of Coasts and Waters’ which Keep Scotland Beautiful will be supporting across our programmes. Again, anything creative that fits with that too.
We would love to hear your plans and share your projects and stories of how you celebrate this theme. Please email us at email@example.com throughout the year so we can share your progress through our social media channels - you never know who you might inspire!
You will find all the information you need to take part in Beautiful Scotland in our Resources section.
In line with other Britain in Bloom regions and nations, there is an entry fee to take part in Beautiful Scotland. We will always strive to keep these as low as possible. Your group will be invoiced in May after registration closes. For first time entrants (excluding BID, Town Centre/City Centre entrants), we are offering free registration for your first year of entering.
||Fee (includes VAT)
|Wee Village||up to 300||£50|
|Small Village||301 - 1,000||£50|
|Large Village||1,001 - 2,500||£50|
|Small Town||2,501 - 6,000||£100|
|Medium Town||6,001 - 12,000||£150|
|Large Town||12,001 - 35,000||£200|
|Small City||35,001 - 100,000||£250|
|City||100,001 and over||£500|
|Residential Community**||up to 2,500||£20|
|Urban Community***||1,001 - 12,000||£100|
|Coastal Village||up to 2,500||£50|
|Coastal Town||2,501 - 35,000||£150|
|Business Improvement District|
|BID, Town Centre or City Centre||N/A||£150|
*To obtain the electoral roll figure for your community, please contact the relevant person listed in this document. If in doubt please contact a member of the Keep Scotland Beautiful Community and Place team on 01786 477 171 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
**Residential Community: residents coming together to improve their area. A 'Residential Community' could be, for example, a block(s) of flats, a Housing Association complex, sheltered housing, or a care or nursing home.
***An urban community must be an identifiable community within a larger conurbation (sometimes described as an urban ‘village or town’). It must have its own sense of identity and have its own “Bloom” group (a group dedicated to leading the “in Bloom” initiative locally). An urban community may not have its own Council, or be able to stand alone, but it will have its own ‘sense of place’. There may be examples where a whole town/city is an entrant, and there are also areas of the larger conurbation entered as an urban community. Where this is the case, judges will only factor the urban community into their assessment of the whole town/city entrant if the two groups have been working together.