Gardeners strike gold in Linlithgow

Linlithgow has won first place in the Medium Town category at the Beautiful Scotland competition.''Pictured: Ron Smith (Chair of Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow), Tony Oxbrow (volunteer), Shirley Smith (volunteer), Tom Kerr (Lord Provost), Billy Carruthers (main sponsor - Binny Plants), Joy Davis (Community Council flower beds), Melanie King (volunteer), Kirsty Leonard (volunteer), Chantal Hamill (volunteer), David Lees (WLC), Alan Agnew (WLC), Michael Leigh (WLC), Alastair Fell (WLC), John Carswell (Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow). ''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach
Linlithgow has won first place in the Medium Town category at the Beautiful Scotland competition.''Pictured: Ron Smith (Chair of Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow), Tony Oxbrow (volunteer), Shirley Smith (volunteer), Tom Kerr (Lord Provost), Billy Carruthers (main sponsor - Binny Plants), Joy Davis (Community Council flower beds), Melanie King (volunteer), Kirsty Leonard (volunteer), Chantal Hamill (volunteer), David Lees (WLC), Alan Agnew (WLC), Michael Leigh (WLC), Alastair Fell (WLC), John Carswell (Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow). ''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

Greenfingered go-getters in Linlithgow had the competition wilting around them when they took a haul of top prizes in the Beautiful 
Scotland awards.

Linlithgow took home a rare ‘Gold’ certificate and a 
silver cup after winning the 
Medium Town Category at the Beach Ballroom ceremony in Aberdeen.

The judges Julia Corden and Colin Ainsworth who visited the town in July said: “The collaboration between Burgh Beautiful and other groups come together to deliver an interesting, green and diverse town. Wildlife corridors and quirky planting enhance the town.”

Beautiful Scotland is a competition run by the independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, with the Royal Horticultural Society. Entrants are judged on their year-round horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.

Ron Smith, chairman of Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow, said: “I’m delighted that, through our combined community effort, we’ve achieved the ‘gold’ and the Medium Town trophy, for the second time.

“Profuse thanks once again to everybody who has contributed to this success, whether through Burgh Beautiful 
Linlithgow, community gardening, West Lothian Council, other local organisations, local businesses and individ-uals.”

There were 55 entries from across the country in the Beautiful Scotland competition, and the judges gave Linlithgow an impressive 172 points out of 200, gaining them gold medal status.

The awards are on display in Linlithgow Burgh Halls.