With the results of Beautiful Scotland just about to be announced, Melrose eagerly awaits the announcement to see if it amongst the winning communities.
Over 50 Melrose In Bloom volunteers contribute over 2,000 hours annually to keep the town looking good, with traders and residents donating generously to keep the work going. Melrose In Bloom entered the Large Village category in this year’s Beautiful Scotland Awards and their hard work was judged this summer by the Beautiful Scotland judges for their floral displays.
Over a 14-day period, pairs of highly experienced volunteer judges visited entrants, including Melrose, as part of a tour which took in small villages, large towns and major cities. During the judging tour three themes were examined – horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility. This is used to discover which communities have been most successful in improving the attractiveness, cleanliness and sustainability of the places for which they care.
Kate Hunter, Secretary of Melrose in Bloom said:
“These activities could not happen without the many hundreds of people committing thousands of hours to looking after their communities.
We have over 50 volunteers, ranging in age from pre-school to someone in their 90th year – ‘nursery to ninety’ – all of whom have been working hard this year to keep Melrose looking good for residents and visitors alike. We hope we impressed the judges who visited Melrose.
Melrose has won many awards for its floral displays and visitors to the town often comment on how beautiful it looks”.
Juliette Camburn, from Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:
“Communities, local authorities and businesses that enter Beautiful Scotland have already made a massive contribution to ensuring that our country is nicer place to live, visit and work.
The entrant groups pull people together to build stronger communities and continue to make a massive difference to Scotland’s environment while having fun at the same time”.
The overall winner will be presented with the prestigious Rosebowl Trophy, while several discretionary awards will be presented for outstanding performance in areas such as biodiversity, tourism, and community involvement.
Some of the winners from Beautiful Scotland 2019 will go on to represent Scotland in the RHS Britain in Bloom Final in 2020.
Good luck to Melrose in Bloom and a huge thanks to everyone in the community who contributes so generously with their time and effort each year.
Melrose in Bloom is a group of enthusiastic volunteers undertaking projects to make Melrose a more beautiful place, from hanging baskets and planters through the summer season, to more sustainable planting for year round interest. We work in collaboration with other local organisations such as the Borders Horticultural College, Melrose Primary School and a local playgroup as well as the Criminal Justice Team.
We always need more volunteers as we are taking on more and more work that was previously done by Scottish Borders Council and this is a trend that is likely to continue with the budget cuts to local authorities continuing to bite into non-essential services. So, if you can spare some time to help, please get in touch. It does not matter how little time you can spare, we can find something for you to do!
If you would like to make a donation to help us, be assured that all money raised helps to provide the floral displays around the town – we are all volunteers.
Phone the Secretary on 01896 823911 if you would like to help.
Photo credit: VisitScotland