Two independent judges visited Perth on Wednesday to assess the City for this year’s Beautiful Scotland Awards. Over the past year, volunteers from local charity Beautiful Perth and its partners have dedicated their time to making the Fair City a beautiful place to live, work and visit. Success in the prestigious Beautiful Scotland Awards would be a reward for their hard work – and a major boost for Perth itself.
Beautiful Perth Chairman John Summers said: “Our volunteers and partners have done so much for Perth this year. We are out all year round, in all weathers, planting floral displays, helping with community projects and tackling problems like litter. We were over the moon when we won a Gold Medal at last year’s Britain in Bloom awards, and we’d love to match that in the Scottish competition this year.”
The judges assess three themes – Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation. Communities can win Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze Medals in their categories and the awards will be announced at a ceremony, hosted by Perth & Kinross Council, at Perth Concert Hall in September. The overall winner receives the much sought-after Rosebowl Trophy, and there are discretionary awards for outstanding performance in areas such as biodiversity, tourism and community involvement. Selected winning communities will be nominated for entry into the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2016 Britain in Bloom final.
On behalf of Perth and Kinross Council, thank you to everyone for their hard work, and effort. Perth looks fantastic this year – primed and ready for the Beautiful Perth competition.
We would also like to extend our thanks and wish the best luck to the villages and towns in Perth and Kinross who are being judged or will be judged soon.