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One of our long-term supporters recognised for outstanding contribution to horticulture

Keith Jackson, long-term supporter of Keep Scotland Beautiful and our Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood initiatives, has recently been awarded the Queen Mother Memorial Medal from The Caley (Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society), Scotland’s National horticultural and gardening society. The award recognises his outstanding service to Scottish Horticulture.

Although Keith’s first career was in the police service, he has over 30 years experience in community horticulture, having founded and chaired Falkland in Bloom, leading them to success in Beautiful Scotland, then in the UK RHS Britain in Bloom finals. The group went on to win the UK Champion of Champions category two years in a row and also won the European Entente Florale competition.

After retiring from the police, Keith was recruited by the head of Fife Council’s Parks department to co-ordinate community horticulture throughout Fife until his retirement in December 2019.  During this time, Keith organised the extremely successful Beautiful Fife initiative which involved around 60 communities improving their local environment, using a similar structure of categories and awards to Beautiful Scotland. Besides enhancing the Fife environment, this experience led a series of Fife communities to further success at both Scottish and UK levels.

Keith has supported our groups and judges through numerous guidance and advice sessions, as well as providing support and expertise to our Scottish UK finalists and passing on his knowledge as a current judge for the RHS Britain in Bloom finals.

The award was presented by the current Caley President, David Knott SHM.  On receiving his medal, Keith said: “I am extremely honoured to receive this medal and pay tribute to the hundreds of hard working communities that I have been in contact with over the past thirty five years”

Our congratulations to Keith on this well-deserved recognition.

25 August 2020

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