Judging Day

On the 30th of Perth was judged in the Champion of Champions category for Britain in Bloom – which is the best in the whole of the UK!

This is the day that all the team has been working so hard for. The day started with the other apprentices and I dressing up as rubbish to meet the judges, we were dressed in costumes to raise awareness of litter.

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Lewis and I then had to make our way down to Needless for a last check. We then met with the judges for the second time to talk about the work that we had done on the bed and also talk about what we do at college.

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After this we also met them at the Rodney knot garden to explain that we have been restoring the bed and also explain what work we have been doing on the bed.

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We then went to Bracklyn Gardens for lunch where the provost and judges said their speeches and it was even filmed by STV! Thankfully the sun was shining all day making it a great day and the team done great.

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The photo gallery and video at the link below:

https://beautifulperth.org/blog/britain-in-bloom-judging-a-short-video/

 

 

Major Success for Perth at Britain in Bloom

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Local charity Beautiful Perth, which runs the ‘Perth in Bloom’ campaign in the Fair City, has brought home a clutch of major awards from the 2018 Britain in Bloom Awards ceremony, which was held in Belfast on Friday night (19 Oct). Perth won:

  • A Gold Medal
  • The trophy for the Best Large Town* in the UK (beating off stiff competition from 8 other locations**)
  • The Parks and Green Spaces Award for Riverside Park
  • An individual ‘Neighbourhood Champion’ Award for one of its volunteers, Tom Lowdon.

The evening was topped off with the announcement that Beautiful Perth is one of only 5 groups in the UK to be nominated for the much-coveted ‘Champion of Champions’ Award in 2019.

Beautiful Perth Chairman John Summers said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed by these fantastic successes. These Awards represent thoroughly well-deserved recognition for all the work done by our amazing volunteers and I couldn’t be more proud of them! And we share our success with our many other supporters – including Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Greenspace, Waste Services and Community Justice teams, staff at the Westbank nursery and the local residents, businesses and community groups who help us as supporters, suppliers, sponsors and partners in action. Our grateful thanks to them all. We are very honoured indeed to have been nominated for the Champion of Champions Award next year. This is the highest honour awarded by Britain in Bloom, but it also has the very highest judging standards. That means a lot of work for us, but we know we are up for the challenge.

 “I am delighted that Tom Lowdon has received a ‘Community Champion’ Award. Anyone who visits Riverside Park is likely to have seen him hard at work amongst the heather beds, the Compassionate Friends Garden, the sustainable planting beds in the Rodney Garden or the raised beds on Dundee Road. He works tirelessly for our cause and it is only right that he should receive this national recognition.”

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The RHS Britain in Bloom Awards reflect the work done by volunteers in villages, towns and cities right across the UK. Scotland did particularly well this year – of the 76 ‘bloom groups’ who entered in the 12 categories, five were from north of the border (Perth, Falkirk, Linlithgow, East Haven and Aberdeen). All five won Gold medals and four won their categories – Aberdeen was best city, East Haven best small coastal community, Falkirk topped the Town Centres & Business Districts category, Linlithgow was best Town and Perth Best Large Town*.

*The Britain in Bloom Award categories are set by population size, and Perth falls into the ‘Large Town’ category.

 **The other entrants in the Large Town category were Ballymena (Ulster), Beverley (Yorkshire), Bury St Edmunds (Anglia), Colwyn Bay (Wales), Congleton (North West), Oswestry (Heart of England), Penrith (Cumbria) and Royal Tunbridge Wells (South East)

 Full results from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom Awards 2018 can be found here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/britain-in-bloom

 

Revamp of the mini bog at Rannoch Station.

A challenge has been set between the Rannoch Station Bloom Group and the Rannoch Path Group to jointly work on a project!  However, the challenge has grown arms and legs! The priority was to fix and clean a boardwalk, but has developed into restoring the mini bog and provide an access for all eating area for visitors and locals.

The mini bog and boardwalk were developed by the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust over 20 years ago, which not only included the boardwalk and bog but also a shelter and way marker.  All of these features have been a huge asset to the car park area and just need a little work to bring them back to their former glory.

The first session saw five volunteers almost madden by the midge…. the first day of them appearing as well!  Midge nets and a fan did save the day!  In three hours the group dealt with the broken section of boardwalk, cutting back encroaching vegetation, crown lifting on neighbouring trees, litter picking and cleaning of the information board.

If you are interested in joining these groups to restore the mini bog, please contact Annie on rannochscotland@gmail.com or Jeannie at jgrant@pkc.gov.uk and you will be contacted with times and meeting place for the next stage of restoration in November.

In the volunteers own words of their experience, please see the facebook post below.

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Many Thanks to Jeannie and the Rannoch Paths Group for their work at Rannoch Station Car Park yesterday

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Annie Benson added 7 new photos to the album: Rannoch Paths Group.

Lead by Jeannie Grant PKC Greenspace Ranger 4 members of Rannoch Paths Group joined Rannoch Station in Bloom to START the renovation of the board walk at the station. Clearing, chopping and fixing. Pressure washing supplied by Moor of Rannoch Hotel and sustenance provided by Tea Room who saved the day with cake and welcome midge head bags! Future plans are to interpret and reinstate the bog garden.

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It is not often that a Ranger get invited to a Bloom AGM, but we snuck in under the Path group remit as they are the umbrella organisation.  What I hadn’t appreciated was that the Bloom Group is 25 years old, so we all got a bit of cake!

This group has achieved a lot over the 25 years but like all groups they need more volunteers and in their own words of their success and plea….

“Pitlochry in Bloom will be 25 years old this year.

I have been the Secretary of Pitlochry in Bloom for just over a year. I was quite new to the Committee and certainly had not realised what this Committee (The Bloomers) had done for the town over these years. They have worked tirelessly in Pitlochry since 1993, winning numerous awards and looking after the local environment, along with a band of volunteers and local groups including the Litter Pick Group and the Path Group. Were you aware of some of their work ?

Let me list some of them here for you.

  • The three stone signs at each of the entrances to the town welcoming you to Pitlochry;
  • The bed with the postman on his penny farthing beside the sorting office;
  • The bed with the whisky still in the middle opposite Aldour;
  • The fisherman in his boat just before the railway bridge;
  • The Victorian nanny with her pram at the other side of the railway bridge;
  • The stone loving seat opposite the scout hut;
  • The four large round metal
  • Containers at the War Memorial and the four metal benches depicting soldiers from the First World War;
  • The Victorian flower seller outside the RBS bank and the Porter at the station.

This is only some of the work Pitlochry in Bloom have done with fundraising and securing different grants. BUT they all have to be weeded, planted and repaired and this is down to a very dwindling band of our superb volunteers. 

The benefits the town receives are incalculable and I am sure you have all seen the tourists who come and take many photos and memories back home and describe Pitlochry as a beautiful, clean and welcoming town with its Summer Hanging Baskets and various floral displays and excellent path network.

The “Bloomers” urgently need some more local participation in order to continue. This is a very urgent appeal and without some new people stepping forward our survival is in doubt.

It would be tragic if this was to come to an end and all the flowers disappeared. 

Please get in touch with me if you are able to offer some of your time to help this very worthwhile Committee, either as a volunteer to help with gardening or bring new energy to our Committee.

katehowie@yahoo.co.uk”

6. VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL – Celebrating 20 Blooming Years

Take a Pride in Perth & Kinross Association are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. To get the festivities underway the Association held a Garden Party at Perth Racecourse on Friday 1 June.

Past and present members of the 48 ‘bloom’ groups currently operating across the Perth & Kinross area turned out in their finery to enjoy the afternoon and we were honoured to be joined by the Provost and Deputy Provost.

Everything was perfectly planned – but this being Scotland, the weather didn’t co-operate! Not long after the formalities got underway a thunderstorm hit with rain in the proverbial biblical proportions. The lightning blew out the power in our marquee so our carefully laid plans had to be swiftly revised, but us ‘Bloomers’ are made of hardy stuff, our community spirit came to the fore, so a great time was had by all!

Congratulations not only to the winners of the Best Hat competition, but also to everyone who entered for brightening up the marquee!

Our thanks (and sympathies) to founder member Euna Scott, whose excellent presentation was cruelly cut short, and to the Rock Choir who had to perform ‘acapella’ and did so absolutely brilliantly.

Thanks also to Fergus Cook aka ‘David Douglas’, to cartoonist Neil Smith and to our organising committee aka Bill, Elspeth and Caroline.

Photographer Ian Potter of LightPress Media & Design also did a brilliant job despite impact of the weather on light levels, and his excellent a photo album of the event can now be viewed on Beautiful Perth’s Flickr site.

We couldn’t get the planned group photo because of the conditions, but copies of the other event photos are now available – go to the Flickr site (click the link above, hover mouse over the picture you want and you’ll see the photo number;  email monica@beautifulperth.org with the number(s) you want and she will forward them to you.

When you tweet… please tag! #volunteersweek #PKCGreenVolunteers

Pictures (from left): Before the deluge; Provost Melloy; (below) Hats!

 

Recycling, up cycling and sharing!

Storage space for any Volunteer group is a luxury!  It is not only what type of storage is needed, but also how to afford it.  In 2017 BRAN (Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network) donated their second hand shed to the Pitlochry Path Group.  Luckily for the group a home was found in Pitlochry Recreation Park.  Although, this seems a simple process the transportation, landowner permission etc. all kept the Community Greenspace Coordinators on their toes!

When it came to decide how the shed should be used, it became apparent that the Pitlochry Litter picking group, whom also sit under the Pitlochry in Bloom constitution would benefit with storage near their starting point – Pitlochry Recreation Park!  So it was decided that the shed should be shared.

A grateful as the group was with the donation, it did not come with its own issues – rot! Again this does not come cheap to resolve!  With assistance from Pitlochry Pavilion User Group work could progress in fixing the shed.

Finally, a joint task day was done to sort out a little rot issue.  As ever it was not that simple, thankfully determined volunteers and a loan of some tools the group got there in the end!  All it now needs is a paint job.  If this good weather continues the shed will hopefully look five years younger, shortly!

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Beechgrove Garden Question Time, Perth 23rd May

Local charity Beautiful Perth is welcoming the Beechgrove Garden team to Perth on 23 May. FREE tickets are now available for a ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ session that evening, in Joan Knight Studio, Perth Theatre.

Gardeners from Perth and beyond are invited to come along and put their questions to Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, George Anderson and Brian Cunningham, who will be on the panel to provide expert horticultural advice.

Pictures of garden problems or actual problem plants, can be brought along to help the experts answer questions. Doors are open from 17.30, audience to be seated by 18.15 and filming starts at 18.30.

Tickets are FREE via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beechgrove-gardeners-question-time-tickets-45644294313?aff=eac2 or can be obtained by emailing, with ‘Roadshow’ as the subject, to info@beautifulperth.org or evelyn.paterson@terntv.com

Earlier in their visit to the Fair City, the Beechgrove team will be filming with volunteers from Beautiful Perth at the heather garden in Riverside Park, and will also visit the allotments on Moncreiffe Island.

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Perth Lade – Path Clearance and Clean-up

Kirsty Scott, Community Greenspace Partnership Officer, reports that a successful action day took place on the 26 October 2017 where partnership working took place with Community Greenspace, Balfour Beatty and Beautiful Perth.  Tasks we carried out included cutting back the vegetation off of pathways and litter picking the area.

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We received positive feedback and even had interest on holding a similar day at the start of next year.

Further bulb planting works have been taking place by Tulloch’s Blooming Lade Group and Community Greenspace, which will visibly enhance the lade year on year.

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