Blooming Inspirational!

I attended the official opening of two Bloom projects in Perthshire last week on behalf of Community Greenspace, and I felt these community efforts to be truly inspiring, I hope you do to!

The Keir Bridge project ( officially opened on Friday the 6th of May ) has transformed a dark area of woodland in to a welcoming area by the Keir Burn, whilst safeguarding and enhancing the natural beauty of the area.

A massive well done Sheila Shaw and Keith Lawrence in particular,  for their efforts in ensuring that the project was delivered so successfully.  Further plans are afoot to install Red Squirrel boxes, and we await the flourishing of wild flower areas.  It is very evident that this area will enjoyed by all generations to come.

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And then in the glorious sunshine, off to Abernethy in Bloom and the official opening of Nurse Peattie’s Garden ( 7th of May ).  Again a transformed area with so many special touches, commemorating the life of the local district Nurse, Elizabeth Peattie who served this Perthshire community from 1936 to 1963 and travelled on her trusty bicycle.  A real village effort with enchanting planting by a relatively new bloom group – led by Caroline Boyle and Ian Lamond.

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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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