A blooming good show by Eileen

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Green-fingered Eileen Murray from Linlithgow has been crowned a winner in Central Scotland Forest Trust’s (CSFT) Greatest Greenspace Competition 2013.

The retired nursing sister battled it out to win the Green Garden category of the eco-contest.

As well as achieving the accolade, Eileen won £100 in gardening vouchers to help maintain the green space all year round.

The competition provided horticulturists across Central Scotland Forest area with the opportunity to enhance their green credentials and increase the bio-diversity of the area by planting wild flowers.

Eileen has been working on the public gardens at Water Yett in Linlithgow for almost 10 years to help create a greenspace resource for local residents. As well as planting wild flower seeds with Beavers and Cubs to create a diverse array of flowers and provide a wildlife haven, Eileen has been involved in the creation of land art structures to make the garden an attractive focal point.

Eileen said: “I’m thrilled to have been selected as the winner in the Green Garden category of Central Scotland Forest Trust’s competition. I have been working on the garden for over nine years and it’s nice to be recognised for something that I enjoy and feel passionate about.

“I’ve received fantastic support from West Lothian Council and the local community, and with their help, I plan to continue to develop the garden for the benefit of the environment.”

Simon Rennie, chief executive at CSFT, said: “We’d like to congratulate Eileen for her fantastic entry to our Greatest Greenspace Competition which aimed to engage locals in protecting the environment.

‘‘We received a number of impressive entries to the contest and it is pleasing to see so many people keen to take part and better their environment.’’