Scottish success at UK Britain in Bloom Awards
This year eight groups were chosen to fly the flag for Scotland following success in our Beautiful Scotland campaign in 2016.
All entrants did extremely well, with Champion of Champions nominee Aberdeen City achieving Gold, Forres being crowned Joint Winner of the Town Category, four Discretionary Awards being bestowed on entrants. Three of our long standing judges and assessors also achieved Community Champion Awards.
Community gardening groups across the UK attended the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals Awards Ceremony, hosted by TV presenter and renowned garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair, in Llandudno, North Wales on Friday 27 October to find out the results.
Growing Smarter Granite City Aberdeen, a contender for the coveted Champion of Champions title, was awarded a Gold medal for the exceptionally high standard of the city’s entry. The judges were impressed by the horticultural variety on show, vibrant bedding displays, sustainable planting and the “horticultural treat” of Seaton Park, which also won the Parks and Green Spaces Award.
Forres in Bloom was awarded a Gold medal and was Joint Winner of the Town Category, alongside Halstead in Anglia. The group was also a recipient of an Overcoming Adversity Award for taking on a run-down nursery and growing 30,000 bedding plants themselves after the local council stopped supplying them in 2013.
Brighter Bothwell in South Lanarkshire scooped two Discretionary Awards - Involving Children and Young People Award for engaging local schools and youth groups in learning about nature, growing and the environment, and The Gardening in a Changing Climate Award - introduced this year for their sustainable gardening practices at Bothwell Community Garden.
The full results for the finalists representing Scotland are:
Growing Smarter Granite City Aberdeen - Gold Medal in Champion of Champions. Winner of Parks and Green Spaces Award.
Forres in Bloom - Gold and Joint Town Category Winner. Winner of the Overcoming Adversity Award.
Coupar Angus Pride of Place - Gold Medal in Large Village Category
North Berwick in Bloom - Gold Medal in Coastal (up to 20k) Category
Uddingstson Pride - Gold Medal in the Urban Community Category
Brighter Bothwell - Silver Gilt Medal in the Small Town Category, Involving Children and Young People Award and the Award for Gardening in a Changing Climate for Bothwell Community Garden.
Beautiful Kilconquhar - Silver Gilt Medal in the Small Village Category
Growing Kirkcaldy - Silver Gilt Medal in the Small City Category
RHS judges visited the 78 UK finalists over the summer to assess each group against three key criteria: community participation, environmental responsibility and horticultural achievement.
Roger Burnett, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, said: “It’s a huge honour to witness how Britain in Bloom brings people together and the lengths that groups go to to make their communities clean, green and beautiful. We saw an incredible diversity of different planting schemes, including wildflower meadows for wildlife, community food growing and plants chosen to cope with our changing climate.
“This year, the standard was as high as ever but what really stood out was the creativity and ingenuity that groups showed in tackling the specific challenges of their particular areas, whether that be lack of funding, local social issues or tricky site conditions.”
28 October 2017