Dunbar in Bloom
Dunbar in Bloom works with volunteers of all ages and abilities to brighten up the town with colourful planting and to give people life skills and confidence to grow their own food and flowers, even in the smallest containers. Gardening provides social interaction, confidence building, team building and can improve mental health by being happy working outdoors. Dunbar in Bloom helps schools and local groups with gardening projects as well as helping to brighten up the Town scape with its own projects.
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.