The job of watering 154 hanging baskets in Linlithgow has become easier with a little help from Scottish Water.
The public utility has assisted Burgh Beautiful, who are part of Linlithgow Civic Trust, with a stand pipe to more easily access water from the mains this summer.
Chris Long said: “Burgh Beautiful is the environmental wing of Linlithgow Civic Trust and is responsible for the planting and maintenance of 154 hanging baskets in Linlithgow. These are sponsored by local businesses and individuals.
“Watering is a major challenge. A bowser pulled by a vehicle is used to water the baskets.
‘‘The use of the stand pipe will greatly assist and make this necessary task more comfortable and efficient.
‘‘Burgh Beautiful is grateful for the assistance of Scottish Water.”
Bill Elliot, Scottish Water’s community team manager for West Lothian, said: “We are delighted to assist Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow with the stand pipe which should hopefully make the task of watering hanging baskets easier and help keep the town and its floral displays looking attractive.”
With the help of many Burgh Beautiful volunteers and Alec Simpson (Builders), these 154 baskets now adorn Linlithgow’s High Street.
They will take a couple of weeks to settle down after the nurturing environment of Burgh Beautiful’s Clarendon base and being manhandled up the ladder.
However, there should be a blooming fine display throughout the town just like last year’s which helped Linlithgow win a Silver Gilt medal at the Britain in Bloom competition.
This year the group are not entering any official competitions, preferring to sit this year out while they trial a new peat-free potting compost.
The group is always looking for new volunteers to help out, green-fingered or not, as there’s always plenty to do - including watering those hanging baskets!