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.

Snip of rubbish

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.


The photo gallery and video at the link below:




Major Success for Perth at Britain in Bloom

Beautiful Perth volunteers group

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


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.


Blooming Success 2017

We are delighted to share the news that at the 2017 Beautiful Scotland Awards, Perth and Kinnesswood were awarded trophies for ‘best in’ their respective categories and the following impressive array of medals were awarded to our communities.  We are very proud of our volunteers and delighted that they have been rewarded with such a good result.

Beautiful Perth Gold
Brig in Bloom Gold
Comrie in Colour Gold
Crichton Lang Court Residents Group Silver
Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom Silver Gilt
Kinnesswood in Bloom Silver Gilt
Muthill in Bloom Silver Gilt

Thank you to everyone for all that you do – together we really do make a difference!


Perthshire is Beautiful (It is Blooming Official!)

The green carpet was rolled out in Perth last week as communities from across Scotland heard how they had fared in the 2015 Beautiful Scotland Awards.

The annual ceremony recognises the efforts of groups who improve their local environmental quality with horticulture and the participation of their communities.

The event at Perth Concert Hall was hosted by PKC, and the awards were presented by Provost Liz Grant. Attendees were piped into the ceremony and a real sense of pride was felt by all.

Around 200 delegates from Beautiful Scotland entrant groups attended, with Fife putting forward the largest amount of groups.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful praised those present for the impact their efforts have had:

“We sometimes forget the massive impact that a clean and safe environment has on local communities… but there is ample evidence that a good local environment can deliver a broad range of associated benefits… physical and mental health and well-being, civic pride and the creation of economic opportunities.” 

The results of the 2015 Beautiful Scotland Awards for Perth and Kinross communities are as follows:

Perth – gold medal, Large Town Winner and winner of David Welch Memorial Award (for something special) for the Riverside Heather Collection

Blairgowrie and Rattray – gold medal

Dunkeld and Birnam – silver gilt medal and Best New Entry

Bridge of Earn – Silver Gilt medal

Pitlochry – Gold medal and Small Town Category winner

Comrie  – gold medal

The prestigious Beautiful Scotland Rosebowl Award was presented to Bute in Bloom.

Thanks to everyone who helped our communities achieve it!

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