Linlithgow prepares for Britain in Bloom judges

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LINLITHGOW is getting her flower beds in order as she prepares to impress Britain in Bloom judges this August for the first time.

With the frost finally over colourful summer displays can now be bedded, and local green fingered group Burgh Beautiful has planted over 7,000 plants in floral displays and in its 86 hanging baskets around the town, including four new pairs at the Cross, financed by the Town Management Group.

Ron Smith, chairman of Burgh Beautiful, said: “Success in this competition would attract many more visitors to the royal burgh and generate more trade for local businesses. Not only that, the floral displays and neat gardens just make the place that bit more attractive for local residents and perhaps make us that wee bit happier!

“So I would urge Linlithgow businesses, residents, community groups and organisations to consider making a special floral effort this year to best impress the UK national judges. Already we are very grateful to our many sponsors and helpers, including the Rotary Club of Linlithgow and Bo’ness who are watering the hanging baskets.”

One special effort was made by some of the 4th West Lothian Scout Group to fill barrels with summer bedding plants to brighten a corner of the busy Mill Road Crossroads (pictured right).