2017 UK finalist - North Berwick in Bloom
In 2017, North Berwick in Bloom will represent Scotland in the 'Coastal Town (under 12,000)' category of the RHS Britain in Bloom UK finals. It is one of 79 finalists from across the UK (eight from Scotland). For the full list of the 2017 finalists, click here.
North Berwick in Bloom’s enthusiastic team of volunteers work 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 and businesses.
In 2017, East Lothian Council won the 'Wright Sustainability Award' for its sustainable planting:
There are exceptional examples of bold, creative and colourful perennial, sustainable planting around East Lothian. A good example of this can be seen in Lauderdale Park in Dunbar, which includes beautiful, prairie style planting. This sustainable approach is planted with low maintenance in mind, planting densely to avoid weeding and choosing plants which don’t require staking, as well as many varieties which are appealing to pollinators. The relationship between East Lothian Council staff and the ‘In Bloom’ groups is very positive, with a strong approach of mutual support.