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

 

Dunkeld Volunteer Celebration

On Thursday 7th June 18 volunteers from across Dunkeld and the surrounding area were invited to an evening of celebration at the Birnam arts centre.

The evening was organised to take place during volunteer week which is a national celebration of volunteers. All the volunteers who participated had been invited along after being nominated by the residents of Dunkeld and the surrounding area.

Local fiddler Pete Clark introduced the evening by playing his fiddle and sharing some stories, this was followed by the presentation of the awards to 12 groups and 6 individuals. After the presentation it was great to hear from the nominees about why each individual or group deserved to be nominated. As the formal part of the evening came to a close,  guests were treated to a buffet and wine giving the volunteers a chance to network and make valuable connections with the wider volunteering community.

The evening was organised in partnership with many organisations which form the HIPSHIRE network. The event could not have happened without the generosity of the community, the Birnam Arts and the organising group especially Lidia and Evelyn for their support in getting the word out about the event plus sending out all the invites. It is hoped the event can become a regular fixture in the volunteering calendar should this be a wish of the community.

 

 

 

Celebrating Volunteering in and around Dunkeld.

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Nomination forms are out now for the Dunkeld Volunteer Celebration which takes place on  7th June 2018. The celebration is a great opportunity to nominate volunteer’s and groups from the communities of  Dunkled, Birnam, Trochry, Inver, Dalguise, Murthly, Caputh, Spittalfeild and Butterstone.

It is hoped the celebration will showcase the valuable contribution volunteers make to the local community.

If you know of any local volunteers or groups who deserve recognition, please nominate them on the attached form.

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Dunkeld Volunteer Award Nomination Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highland Volunteer Celebration Pitlochry – nominate your brilliant volunteers!

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Partnership working through the Hipshire Network enables a number of organisations to work together to promote the numerous volunteering opportunities available in Highland Perthshire.

Hipshire are planning an event to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work done by volunteers in Highland Perthshire. This event was held was in 2016 in Aberfeldy – an evening event where all nominated volunteers and a friend/partner were invited to the Aberfeldy Town Hall.  This event was hosted by paid workers from a variety of fields.  Live music was played and refreshments provided.  Groups and individuals received certificates with an explanation of why they had been nominated.  The event was a great success and has started the formation of closer networks and brought new volunteers to worthy projects.

Following this success, the event is being organised again this year but in two locations.  The first is to be held in Pitlochry on the 1 June and we are looking for nominations of groups or volunteers that have made a difference in the Pitlochry area and the surrounding villages of Killiecrankie, Blair Atholl, Rannoch, and Ballinluig.

The second event will be held in Aberfeldy again at the end of the year.

If you want to nominate a group or individual please contact 01738 459701 or dunkeldcomlearn@pkc.gov.uk . The deadline for individual and group nominations is the 15 May 2017. Nomination forms and further information can be downloaded below. 

As ever there is a lot of organisation in these event and the partners involved want to make sure it is what the communities would like.  Therefore, any input would be much appreciated.

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