Beautiful Scotland Award heads for East Lothian
The ceremony, hosted by East Lothian Council, will celebrate the hard work of communities, local authorities and businesses from across Scotland in improving the places they care for.
Hundreds of people from across Scotland will congregate in the town to recognise the tireless efforts of communities across the country who work to clean up, green up and beautify Scotland’s villages, towns and cities.
East Lothian has played a pivotal role in Beautiful Scotland and the local authority last hosted the awards ceremony ten years ago in Musselburgh. Since 2008 five communities from across East Lothian have taken part, including Blooming Haddington, Dunbar in Bloom and North Berwick in Bloom.
Over 200 awards delegates will congregate in Haddington where they will receive tours of East Lothian’s horticultural and historical highlights - paying particular attention to East Lothian’s reputation as the food and drink county of Scotland.
East Lothian Provost, John McMillan said: “East Lothian is very proud of its continued participation in Beautiful Scotland and its resounding success so far. Our groups of volunteers, who are supported by the council’s amenity teams, work tirelessly all year round, cultivating, nurturing and planting displays within some of our towns and villages to provide welcome splashes of colour appreciated by both local residents and visitors.
“We are very pleased to be hosting these celebrations and look forward to welcoming Keep Scotland Beautiful, and all of the Beautiful Scotland 2018 entrants to Haddington for the annual awards ceremony. We are grateful to the kirk session at St Mary’s allowing us to use their historic kirk during Haddington’s 700’s year of celebration.”
Beautiful Scotland runs in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Participants from Scottish towns, villages and cities can enter a range of categories and be assessed for their achievements in three pillars - horticultural excellence, environmental responsibility, and community participation.
The prestigious Rosebowl Trophy, which North Berwick in Bloom has won four times, will be presented to the overall award winner, an entrant that shows outstanding commitment to the three pillars, category awards and a number of Discretionary Awards will be made.
Carole Noble, Operations Director, with Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We are really excited to be bringing the Beautiful Scotland Awards ceremony to Haddington. East Lothian has supported the awards for many years and during this time East Lothian groups have been presented with a number of accolades.
“The Beautiful Scotland Awards provide the opportunity to support the hard work of communities, local authorities and businesses across Scotland in making sure that their local spaces are kept clean, green and beautiful. We look forward to celebrating their achievements.”
Entrants can still register to take part in the 2018 competition, with new entrants being able to do so for free this year.
09 April 2018