East Lothian celebrates success at Beautiful Scotland Awards, held by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Community groups, local authorities and businesses from all across Scotland gathered in Haddington yesterday (Thursday, 6 September) to celebrate the annual Beautiful Scotland Awards, organised by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The ceremony, hosted by East Lothian Council at St Mary’s Church, supports the achievements of entire villages, towns, cities, residential communities and Business Improvement Districts Scotland-wide in helping to improve the places they care for. This included the efforts of four groups in East Lothian.

Amongst the winners were Dunbar in Bloom which received a Silver Gilt in the Coastal Town category. The group was also presented with the Young People Award recognising the work at the Ridge Backlands Garden, helping local people overcome barriers and live life to the full.

East Lothian Council received the Wright Sustainability Award, celebrating the sustainable planting displays throughout the region. The judges welcomed the council’s partnerships with local ‘bloom’ groups to enhance several towns and villages, planting nearly 1000 young trees over the past six years, reducing seasonal bedding and utilising hardy species.

The East Lothian winners were:

  • North Berwick in Bloom, Gold
  • Blooming Haddington, Gold, Medium Town Category Award
  • Dunbar in Bloom, Silver Gilt, Young People Award
  • East Lothian Council, Wright Sustainability Award

East Lothian Provost, John McMillan, said: “it was a hugely enjoyable night with representatives from In Bloom initiatives from across Scotland gathering at the award ceremony in the magnificent setting of St Mary’s Church in Haddington. The success of local East Lothian In Bloom groups at these national awards is the culmination of many years hard work by enterprising individuals and groups ably supported by our Amenity Services team. It was also extremely encouraging to hear from four young gardeners, who have all recently qualified, about the work they are carrying out in our towns and villages demonstrating that caring for local environment is a passion shared across all age groups.”

Pete Leonard, Operations Director, of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:

Now in its 52nd year, Beautiful Scotland continues to provide the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Scotland’s volunteers, local authority staff and businesses and 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.

“I would like to commend the groups from East Lothian for their fantastic work. It is thanks to their efforts that local spaces and places they treasure are maintained to such high standards.”

Beautiful Scotland is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful, a member of the Bloom Federation which is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). All entries are judged by an expert team on their year-round achievements and the awards are presented to those who achieve the highest scores in their categories. Discretionary Awards are also given to those who demonstrate excellence in their commitment to the campaign.

In 2018, 11 new entrants joined the competition. 13 category winners and 13 discretionary awards were presented on the night, alongside the prestigious Beautiful Scotland Rosebowl award, which was collected by St Andrews in Bloom as the highest scoring entrant.

Download the full list of Beautiful Scotland Award winning groups.

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach added: “Congratulations to this year’s Beautiful Scotland winners whose dedication and commitment to keeping their communities clean and green is incredible. Some of the creative ways that Scottish groups have improved sustainability by recycling and reducing waste, got children involved in the growing and embraced wildlife-friendly planting have really shone out – they are an inspiration.”

Published: Friday, 7th September 2018