Top Linlithgow gardener Kirsty gets Royal recognition

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gardening has been a life passion for one well-known Linlithgow face who has been recognised by The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Kirsty Leonard was given the Queen Mother Memorial Medal - the highest award from the society for amateur services to horticulture - after she was jointly nominated by Burgh Beautiful, Transition Linlithgow and the Linlithgow and District Allotment Society (LADAS).

Peter Roberts, chairman of Transition Linlithgow, said: “Kirsty’s contribution to our work has been immense.

“She has given a ready response to all the various challenges we have faced since inception. Her key role, with other volunteers, on the Vennel bed display and advice at the demonstration garden have been invaluable.”

Kirsty has worked for years promoting community gardening in and around Linlithgow.

In 2004, she co-founded Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow, and in 2008, she co-founded the food and gardening sub-group LinlithGROW as part of Transition Linlithgow.

Since 2009, Kirsty has been chair of the Linlithgow and District Allotment Society (LADAS) and in May 2011, LADAS opened their first site just outside Linlithgow which currently has 75 plotholders.

Kirsty said: “I am very honoured to be given this award. I have been gardening all my life - I grew up in a gardening family, and the town looks really good.

“The allotments are now full up and it’s wonderful to see so many families getting involved.”

She also praised the work of Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow who have transformed the town since 2004, paying off last year when Linlithgow was awarded a Beautiful Scotland gold medal, the best medium town award and the Rosebowl Trophy.

Kirsty is pictured receiving her medal from RCHS honorary president Jim McColl.