Auchter­arder looks bloom­ing marvel­lous

Medals and hon­ours ga­lore for Strath com­mu­ni­ties

Strathearn Herald - - HER@LD VIEW - Lynn Duke

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the 48 In Bloom com­mit­tees from across Perth and Kin­ross gath­ered in the Sa­lu­ta­tion Ho­tel last Thurs­day evening to hear the re­sults of the an­nual Take a Pride in Perthshire Com­pe­ti­tion.

The cri­te­ria for the com­pe­ti­tion is in three parts – Hor­ti­cul­tural Achieve­ment, En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­spon­si­bil­ity and Com­mu­nity Par­tic­i­pa­tion .

And the judges, Kathy Miller, Gra­ham Har­but and Ally Bruce led by chair­man Gor­don Croll, were ex­tremely im­pressed with all the com­mu­ni­ties they vis­ited.

They said: “We con­tinue to be struck by the en­thu­si­asm, en­ergy, skill and com­mit­ment from all the places we vis­ited.

“It is very en­cour­ag­ing to see new groups come to the fore with in­no­va­tion and en­ergy.

“The im­mense con­tri­bu­tion from vol­un­teers re­ally makes a dif­fer­ence to our towns and vil­lages.

“It was a great priv­i­lege to be wel­comed to the com­mu­ni­ties and they have all done ex­cep­tion­ally well.”

Au c h t e r a rd e r B loom As­so­ci­a­tion was de­lighted to be crowned win­ner of the Small Coun­try Town Cat­e­gory.

The judges were im­pressed by the Lang Toon in terms of its hor­ti­cul­tural ex­cel­lence, and in par­tic­u­lar the com­ple­tion of the is­land bed at St Mar­garet’s Hospi­tal.

Also achiev­ing awards were Com­rie in Colour, Muthill In Bloom and Ar­doch In Bloom who achieved Sil­ver Gilt medals and Black­ford is Brighter which gained Sil­ver.

Recognition was also given to the Beau­ti­ful Scot­land com­pe­ti­tion fi­nal­ists for the area, in­clud­ing Com­rie In Colour and Muthill in Bloom.

Pre­sent­ing the awards at the cer­e­mony was Provost Den­nis Mel­loy. He com­mented: “It gives me great plea­sure to see such com­mit­ment and ef­fort of vol­un­teers in our com­mu­ni­ties justly cel­e­brated and re­warded this evening.

“An im­mense amount of work of hard work is un­der­taken by res­i­dents in our towns and vil­lages to en­sure their lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment is a wel­com­ing place to live and work and visit.

“Perth and Kin­ross has a beau­ti­ful and strik­ing nat­u­ral land­scape and the out­stand­ing work of In Bloom Com­mit­tees around the area plays a vi­tal part in main­tain­ing this.”

An im­mense amount of hard work is un­der­taken by res­i­dents

Pic­ture: Richard Wilkins

Suc­cess Martha Marnoch and John Boyd from Auchter­arder Bloom As­so­ci­a­tion, win­ners of Small Coun­try Town cat­e­gory

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