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By working together, Beautiful Perth pulls off 2020

Inspiring update sent in by Beautiful Perth, winner of the Champion of Champions category of the RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals in 2019: “Oh what a year this has been for all of us! Like everyone else in the bloom community we have had to adapt things quite dramatically, making sure that we protect our volunteers and the public during these exceptional circumstances.

“When lockdown began to ease in the Summer, we were able to resume some of our activities – in very small groups (within the government guidelines of the day) and all socially distanced of course. We have strict protocols around tool sharing and sanitising of equipment, and we have generally got used to the new routine of working in pairs around the sites we maintain in Perth.

“We have worked with our Community Payback team on a City Blitz – to ensure that any areas of the Fair City that suffered during the strict lockdown period were addressed, such as cleaning signs, removing graffiti and painting railings.

“We have also helped out our partners at Perth and Kinross Council. While the operations squads were working flat out to ensure 100% domestic bin collections and keeping our greenspaces litter free and the grass cut, we helped out at the large display beds keeping them weed free for the season. We also stepped in and planted 750 pansies at the War Memorial bed to make sure the area was looking its best and to bring some much needed winter and Spring cheer!

“We have been able to do some of the planning for our next project, which is to build on our success at the Riverside Heather Garden by making further further improvements to the site to welcome visitors and create a sense of arrival for visitors to the park. This will include better interpretation of the heathers, information panels, brown tourist signs, soil improvements and some replanting. We will also be producing new promotional booklets about the heathers for use by the public and businesses to inform them about our national award-winning attraction.

“We have been fundraising hard and are very grateful to be awarded grants from The Gannochy Trust, The Heather Society and Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Environment Challenge Fund to help us realise our ambitions. The pandemic has unfortunately slowed down our plans considerably but bear with us. It's a beautiful park and we are very proud of this jewel in our crown.”

01 December 2020

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