Burnside’s ‘thriving’ under flower power
A community group aimed at improving the environment in Burnside has been given the accolade“thriving”for the fourth year running.
Burnside in Bloom was assessed by Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Royal Horticultural Society in August, and the group were delighted to hear the results.
As part of the it’s Your Neighbourhood scheme, the group scored 35 out of 40 for community participation.
They also scored 22 out of 30 for environmental responsibility and 23 out of 30 for gardening achievement.
Their total score meant they just missed out on being graded as“outstanding,”the highest accolade available.
Among the projects mentioned by the assessors were improving the environment of the train station, regular litter picks, the planting of hanging baskets and the welcome sign on the boundary of the area.
A report handed to Burnside in Bloom described them as:“An ambitious and enthusiastic group which has changed the physical appearance of the town as well as instilling pride back into the community.”
It added:“A significant amount of planting has changed the feel of the town and given pride to the locals. Strong relations with local businesses has enabled the group to spread its work further and make the developments sustainable.”
In terms of development, they were urged to continue strengthening working relations with the schools and nurseries as well as planting fruit and veg.
They were also told to start a Facebook page, but secretary Malcolm Piggott this week pointed out they actually had one.
He added:“We would like to encourage people to volunteer to help out around Burnside. We need fresh blood, and we need volunteers to get involved.
“This is the fourth year we have been classed as‘thriving’and we’re delighted that once again we seem to be doing what we set out to do.”
Asked if they hoped to gain “outstanding”level next year, he laughed:“It’s always good to have something ahead of you.
“We will keep plugging away, but this is not so much about praise, it’s knowing we are on the right track.”
Burnside in Bloom was launched as an offshoot of Burnside Community Council in 2011.
It has organised a range of events and initiatives and runs an annual gala day for the community.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/ burnsideinbloom or www. burnsideinbloom.wordpress. com/.
Bloomin’ lovely Burnside in Bloom members have helped brighten up the area