Blooming good effort rewarded

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STERLING efforts from Linlithgow volunteers earned the town a sparkling silver gilt medal at the RHS Britain in Bloom awards last weekend.

Linlithgow, representing Scotland, took home the silverware in the ‘town’ category to the delight of local community groups.

Ron Smith, chairman of Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow, said: “We’re delighted to have won a silver gilt medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in the 2012 Britain in Bloom finals.

‘‘It is a great reward for all the hard work of our volunteers, the council, local businesses, community planters and the many local groups which support our efforts, not to mention our generous sponsors.

“We know our efforts to beautify the town have struck a chord with the people of Linlithgow, and hope that the colourful displays also provide a warm welcome for visitors.”

Linlithgow was one of eight Scottish entries put forward by the 2011 Beautiful Scotland 
competition for the 2012 British contest, after they were awarded the top Scottish prize last year.

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Congratulations must go to all who represented Scotland so well in the 2012 Britain in Bloom competition, particularly to Linlithgow, who won our top award, the Rosebowl, last year.

‘‘The awards go some way to recognising all the endless hours which volunteers and local authorities put in throughout the year.”

Judges who visited the town this summer highlighted outstanding horticultural efforts at the Water Yett and West Port flats, the Hopetoun Garden Centre bed, the new serpentine bed, the Fairtrade bed and the community council’s diamond jubilee bed, as well as Burgh Beautiful’s new Clarendon workbase, the heritage trail, the Brownie garden at Longcroft Hall, and the herb beds at the health centre.

Burgh Beautiful’s Kirsty Leonard picked up the town’s award from TV presenter Matt Baker at a ceremony in Guernsey last 
Saturday (pictured above left).