Blooming Haddington is a collection of enthusiastic volunteers and groups keen to make Haddington a more beautiful place to live. In just over three years, Blooming Haddington has achieved great success by winning best Medium Town in Beautiful Scotland 2015, and then going on to win the best Town in the UK RHS Britain in Bloom finals in 2016. The groups’ story now inspires other community groups which want to take part in the prestigious competition.
Read the group's journey to gold here.
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.