23 March 2020
We have received confirmation that this year's Beautiful Scotland competition has been cancelled. The statement from KSB is below. The contact details are: email: email@example.com | Facebook: KSBScotland | Twitter: @KSBScotland | website: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org
The health of our volunteers, groups and staff are our priority right now. We know a lot of groups are already stopping their usual activities, with others scaling back and coming up with innovative ways to garden/carry out community actions while still taking the Scottish Government’s advice on board. With this in mind, we think it is only fair to cancel the 2020 competition element of Beautiful Scotland. However, we would still like to encourage groups to register (there will be no fees this year) to keep in touch, be connected with each other and so we can celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they are. So, what does this mean for 2020 and for your Beautiful Scotland group?
What will stop in 2020
- No guidance and advice visit
- No judging visit
- No award ceremony
- No seminar (unless Scottish Government advice has changed by then)
What will carry on / what’s new for 2020
- We will continue to keep in touch with you via email and the newsletter
- We will work out ways our groups and judges/assessors can share photos/stories with each other and keep connected and part of the Beautiful Scotland/It’s Your Neighbourhood/Bloom/Keep Scotland Beautiful family.
- We will find other ways to celebrate your achievements through the year e.g. through our website/social media channels etc.
Britain in Bloom, Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood are about ‘growing communities’ as much as growing plants. This is where we see our wonderful groups, like yours, coming into their own at this time of crisis. You already have a ready-made, local social network and these could be used to support group members who are undergoing social distancing or self-isolating. Whether this is by phone calls, emails, messaging or leaving groceries and essentials on the doorstep. Of course, if resources, and health, permit, this voluntary support could be extended to the wider local community. KSB can be the conduit for sharing your stories of how you are helping your group members/your community which could then inspire/give other individuals and groups ideas of how they can help those in their own community without putting their own health and the health of others at risk.
Currently the advice is for social distancing of 2 metres (we will keep a close eye on the advice provided by the Scottish Government and let you know if this changes). We all know how good for our health and wellbeing getting out in the fresh air, and doing something meaningful, is. With this in mind, here are a few ideas you may wish to consider:
- Could your group set up a rota so that individuals/families can go out and garden at a set time?
- Could members start their own window boxes/working in their own gardens and share hints/tips/photos with each other on-line…you could turn it into a ‘best window box’ / ‘best private garden’ competition, with the Chair of your group judging via the photos.
- Could you set up a whatsapp or skype group and stay in touch with each other regularly – e.g. you could schedule a 11am ‘coffee’ chat, where you all sit down in your own home with a cuppa and chat to each other via skype/whatsapp/phone
I would love to hear from you if your group has any other ideas I could share with everyone.
We also don't want to lose the Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood ‘community spirit’ at this time when we are staying apart for everyone's benefit. Do you have any good ideas about how we can all stay in touch, or have a chat? Let me know.
17 March 2020
In light of the serious and rapidly changing situation with the coronavirus Covid-19, the Trustees of the Association have taken the decision to cancel our committee meetings until further notice and to postpone our AGM until later in the year. This was a very difficult decision, but our priority has to be to protect volunteers in all of our member groups, as well as the public, during these exceptional circumstances.
We will stay in touch via our normal communications channels, including this website and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/prideinPandK/
We will continue to closely follow government guidance about public health, guidance issued by Keep Scotland Beautiful and RHS Britain in Bloom about bloom activities and competitions, as well as the guidance published by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator https://www.oscr.org.uk/news/charities-and-coronavirus-an-update-from-the-regulator/.
If any member group needs advice or assistance during this difficult period please get in touch. Stay well, everyone
Project Case Studies series
17 January 2020
We are developing a series of Case Studies based on the experiences of member groups who have successfully completed projects in their local communities. We hope these will help other groups understand how they can plan and deliver their own projects. The first case study is now available: it is about Kinnesswood in Bloom's Benarty View Project.
Further studies will be published as more projects are completed. Many thanks to our Project Development Adviser Kirsten Mathison of Nicki Souter Associates for her work on these useful documents.
P&K triumphs at Britain in Bloom Awards 2019!
27 October 2019
Many congratulations to two of our member groups - Beautiful Perth and Brig in Bloom, who have triumphed in the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards 2019. At the Awards ceremony in London on 25 October Scottish communities were very successful, and both the Perth & Kinross entries brought home top awards.
Perth faced stiff competition in the top Britain in Bloom category from Durham, Castlecaulfield, Kingsbridge and St Helier. In what the RHS judges described as one of the most competitive awards in recent years, all five communities won Gold Medals but Perth pipped the others at the post and was crowned the 2019 Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions, making it the best 'blooming' community in the UK! The Fair City also took home the Parks and Green Spaces Award for Riverside Park.
Bridge of Earn, in the Large Village category, was in the Britain in Bloom finals for the first time. Members of Brig in Bloom were therefore over the moon when they won a Gold Medal, along with the Involving Children and Young People Award. And to top off the evening's successes, Brig was the category winner, making it the UK's best Large Village.
Scotland was represented in six of the 13 Award categories, winning four Gold medals, two Silver Gilts and four of the categories. As well as Perth and Bridge of Earn, St Andrews came top in the Small Coastal Communities category and Haddington won Best Town. KIrkaldy won a Silver Gilt Medal in the Small City category, and Dunfermline a Silver Gilt in the Business Districts category.
Results of the Take a Pride in Perth and Kinross Awards 2019
20 September 2019
Representatives 'In Bloom' committees from across Perth & Kinross gathered in Perth’s Salutation Hotel last night to hear the results of our annual Awards competition. Entrants are judged against three criteria – Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation, and the levels of Awards that can be made are Bronze, Silver, Silver Gilt and Gold. There are trophies for the winner of each category, and several Judges' Discretionary Awards.
This year's judges were Gordon Croll (Chairman of the Judges), Muriel Gregory, Graham Harbut, James Larsen, Monica Straughan and Brian Cunningham (Head Gardener at Scone Palace and presenter of BBC Scotland's Beechgrove Garden). This year, there was also a special Award for the Best Solheim Cup themed display and this was judged by Tom Caldow.
Speaking on behalf of all the judges, Gordon said: "“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. We were extremely impressed with the communities we judged and continue to be struck by the enthusiasm, energy, skill and commitment in all the places we visited. It is very encouraging to see new groups come to the fore with innovation and energy, and the results are stunning. The immense contribution from volunteers really makes a difference our towns and villages. It was a great privilege to be welcomed to the communities and they have all done exceptionally well."
Photos from the Awards ceremony are now available on our Flickr site now. High resolution versions are available - if you would like copies please email firstname.lastname@example.org listing the images you would like (hover over the pics to see the titles).
Small Village Category
Winner: Kinnesswood In Bloom (Gold Medal)
Ardoch In Bloom (Silver Gilt)
Blackford is Brighter (Silver Gilt)
Muthill In Bloom (Gold)
Winner: Dunkeld and Birnam In Bloom (Gold Medal)
Glenfarg and Duncrievie In Bloom (Gold)
Luncarty and Redgorton In Bloom (Silver)
Milnathort In Bloom (Gold)
Small Country Town
Winner : Blairgowrie and Rattray In Bloom (Gold Medal)
Auchterarder Bloom Association (Silver Gilt)
Coupar Angus Pride of Place ( Gold )
Best Community Involvement: Blairgowrie and Rattray In Bloom
Best Youth Involvement: Luncarty and Redgorton in Bloom
Best Involvement with Schools: Kinnesswood In Bloom
Most Improved Community: Glenfarg and Duncrievie In Bloom.
Endeavour Award: Luncarty and Redgorton in Bloom
Best Solheim Cup themed display: Pitlochry In Bloom
Outstanding Contribution to the bloom campaign:
- Judy Pirie of Auchterarder Bloom Association
- John Nicol of Kinnesswood In Bloom.
2019 Beautiful Scotland Awards successes
16 September 2019
We're so proud that seven of our member groups brought home a whole bunch of medals from the 2019 Beautiful Scotland Awards! Well done to:
- Coupar Angus Pride of Place: a Gold Medal and winner of the Best Large Village Award
- Blairgowrie & Rattray in Bloom - a Gold medal
- Kinnesswood in Bloom - a Gold Medal
- Crichton Lang Court Residents' Group - a Silver Gilt Medal
- Dunkeld & Birnam in Bloom - a Silver Gilt Medal
- Glenfarg & Duncrievie in Bloom - a Silver Gilt Medal
- Muthil in Bloom - a Silver Gilt Medal
Many congratulations to all involved!
And we wish the very best of luck to two more member groups who have to wait until the end of October to learn the results of the 2019 Britain in Bloom Awards. Brig in Bloom (Bridge of Earn) is in the Large Village category, and Beautiful Perth is a contender for the coveted Champion of Champions Award. Fingers crossed for you both!
RHS of Perthshire's Annual Summer Show 2019
1 August 2019
The Royal Horticultural Society of Perthshire (affectionately known as the 'Horti') is holding its Annual Summer Show in Scone on Saturday 17 August 2019. It is being held in The Burnside Halls, Burnside, Scone, PH2 6LP, 12 noon – 4.30 pm, with the prizegiving at 4pm. Refreshments will be available from 10am to 3.45pm.
For many people the Horti's spring and summer shows are occasions to visit and enjoy the beautiful flowers, displays and produce. For some gardeners it is for light-hearted rivalry between gardening enthusiasts; for others its serious competition for displaying their cherished produce. There’s room for all types of enthusiast at the Show, so everyone is welcome! For more information and to see the Show Schedule, visit the Horti's website
Crowdfunding for new project in Blairgowrie
5 April 2019
Volunteers from Blairgowrie & Rattray in Bloom work hard all year round to ensure the town looks as good as it can and is as eco-friendly as possible. ‘Blair in Bloom’ was the first ‘Bloom’ group in Perth & Kinross and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. To celebrate this milestone the volunteers chose a new project that will renovate Coronation Corner on Croft Lane in Blairgowrie and create a lasting legacy for the town. A garden was originally planted at the corner to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, but the site has fallen into serious disrepair. The volunteers will completely redesign the area, creating accessible paths, sustainable planting and new seating, to make it a pleasant and inviting space for residents and visitors alike. Once complete, Coronation Corner can be used as additional space for the monthly Community Markets, and for entertainment, music groups, art groups and other such community activities. To donate to fundraising for the project, please visit our Just Giving page. Thank you!
Crowdfunding for Alyth Burnside Project
2 November 2018
The Burnside project is Alyth in Bloom's most ambitious project to date. It aims to transform the area next to the Alyth Burn, which runs though the heart of the town. Overgrown vegetation will be cleared, and the burnside will become a public space from which the natural and built heritage can be enjoyed. The project will also feature some of the artistic talents of local residents. Many original features with be retained, and a new viewing area created, in the form of a cantilevered platform deck. Alyth in Bloom is now fundraising for this project. It has held a number of very successful events but more donations are always welcome. If you want to donate online, please go to the project's Just Giving Page Thank you for your support!
20th Anniversary Celebration
3 June 2018
We are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, and held a Garden Party at Perth Racecourse on Friday 1 June. Past and present members of the 48 'bloom' groups currently operating across the Perth & Kinross area turned out in their finery to enjoy the afternoon, and we were honoured to be joined by the Provost and Deputy Provost. Everything was perfectly planned - but this being Scotland, the weather didn't co-operate! Not long after the formalities got underway a thunderstorm hit, with rain in the proverbial biblical proportions. The lightning blew out the power in our marquee so our carefully laid plans had to be swiftly revised, but us 'Bloomers' are made of hardy stuff, our community spirit came to the fore, so a great time was had by all!
Congratulations not only to the winners of the Best Hat competition, but also to everyone who entered for brightening up the marquee! Our thanks (and sympathies) to founder member Euna Scott, whose excellent presentation was cruelly cut short, and to the Rock Choir who had to perform 'acapella' and did so absolutely brilliantly. Thanks also to Fergus Cook aka 'David Douglas', to cartoonist Neil Smith and to our organising committee aka Bill, Elspeth and Caroline. Photographer Ian Potter of LightPress Media & Design also did a brilliant job despite impact of the weather on light levels, and his excellent a photo album of the event can now be viewed on Beautiful Perth's Flickr site. We couldn't get the planned group photo because of the conditions, but copies of the other event photos are now available - go to the Flickr site (click the link above, hover mouse over the picture you want and you'll see the photo number; email email@example.com with the number(s) you want and she will forward them to you.
Pictures (from left): Before the deluge; Provost Melloy; Hats!
Annual General Meeting
15 April 2018
We held our AGM in Coupar Angus on 14 April 2018. There was a great turnout of members who got a chance to catch up with 'bloomer' friends old and new and get hints and tips for the year ahead. We also welcomed guest speakers from East Lothian Council, Keep Scotland Beautiful's Eco Schools campaign, P&K Council's Waste team and the multi award winning North Berwick in Bloom. You can read the official papers presented to members at the meeting here (click on the titles to open the documents): Trustees' Annual Report and Annual Accounts & Treasurer's Notes
All in all, a fascinating day. Many thanks to members of Coupar Angus Pride of Place, and to the Red House Hotel, for making us feels so welcome.
Launch of Coupar Burn Project
23 November 2017
Coupar Angus Pride of Place Chair Anne Easson and P&K Provost Dennis Melloy were joined by local volunteers, residents, businesses and project partners to celebrate the official opening of the Coupar Burn project. Go to the Pride of Place page to learn more.
Gold medal for Coupar Angus!
30 October 2017
Many congratulations to our member group Coupar Angus Pride of Place for its success at the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards 2017. Against stiff competition in the Large Village Category, the group came away with one of the much-coveted Gold Medals.
Group chair Anne Easson (above, left) is delighted with this award: "This is our third Gold medal; we also received one in 2013 and 2015. This is a well deserved reward for our dedicated team of volunteers, for their hard work around the village all through the year. Read more about the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards here.
Aberfeldy Lower Birks project
17 October 2017
Work is currently underway to improve the environment at the Lower Birks in Aberfeldy. Information signs are in place on site to explain the plans.
This popular area is the main gateway from the town centre to the Birks of Aberfeldy and is heavily used by locals and visitors alike. We have joined forces with local volunteers from the Aberfeldy Move 2 Improve group to create new paths, seating, a central sculpture and a picnic area in a part of the site that was previously dark and overgrown.
To fund the project £1,200 came from fundraising activities in the local community and grants were secured from the Griffin & Calliacher Community Fund (£50,000), Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Environment Challenge Fund (£15,000), and £8,841 from Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER Programme 2014-2020: The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.
Move 2 Improve Chairman Roy Cannon is pleased to see the work underway: “We have put in a great deal work to get this project underway. We had already opened up the area by clearing a lot of overgrown trees and vegetation, which made a big difference. It’s good to see the project taking shape now. We can’t wait to see the finished version! We’re very grateful to our partners the Take A Pride in P&K Association, to staff in PKC’s Community Greenspace team for their support, to Chris Palmer Associates for providing design and project management services, to site contractor Alex Butter, and of course to our funders, without whom this excellent project would not have been possible.”
Marianne Townsley, SSE’s Community Investment Manager, said: “SSE is delighted to have played an instrumental role in bringing this project to fruition. The improvement works will leave a lasting legacy for the local community and visitors to the area and we look forward to seeing its completion.”
Jenny Williams of Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Greenspace team said: “We are delighted to be working with Move 2 Improve and the Take A Pride in Perth and Kinross Association on this project. Undoubtedly these environmental improvements will enhance our visitors experience to this extremely popular countryside site.”
Explaining the importance of the Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER support Jackie Brierton, LEADER's Local Action Group Chair said: “The award of £8,841 towards this community project is one of a number benefiting from the £3.8 million share of LEADER and Scottish Government funds available for the development of rural communities and enterprise in Perthshire until 2020. This is a worthwhile project, which will conserve and manage the natural environment of the Lower Birks, providing a new amenity for everyone to enjoy. We are delighted to be able to support it.”
Further information about the funders can be found here.
Take a Pride in Perth & Kinross Awards 2017
14 Sept 2017
Representatives of our 47 In Bloom committees got together in September to hear the results of the annual Take a Pride in Perth & Kinross Awards. More photos from the Awards ceremony are available on our Flickr Site here.
The judging criteria for the competition are – Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation – and the results are stunning!
Local judges, Kathy Miller, Graham Harbut and Ally Bruce, led by Gordon Croll, were extremely impressed with the communities they judged. Gordon Croll 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 our towns and villages and it was a great privilege to be welcomed to the communities and they have all done exceptionally well."
LIST of RESULTS 2017
Winner: Kenmore (Silver Gilt)
Medals: Kinloch Rannoch (Bronze)
Winner: Kinnesswood In Bloom (Gold)
Medals: Ardoch In Bloom (Silver Gilt), Blackford is Brighter (Silver), Blooming Balbeggie (Silver), Blooming Guildtown (Silver), Muthill In Bloom (Silver Gilt)
Winner: Brig in Bloom (Gold)
Medals: Carse In Bloom (Silver Gilt), Comrie In Colour (Silver Gilt), Crook and Drum Growing Together (Silver), Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom (Silver Gilt), Milnathort In Bloom (Silver Gilt)
Small Country Town
Winner Auchterarder Bloom Association (Silver Gilt)
Judges' Discretionary Awards
Best Community Involvement Kinnesswood In Bloom
Best Involvement with Schools Kenmore In Bloom
Most Improved Community Milnathort In Bloom
Outstanding Contribution Award Avril Fulton (Brig In Bloom)
Outstanding Contribution Award Monica Straughan (Take A Pride In Perth & Kinross Association and Beautiful Perth)
Endeavour Award Brig In Bloom
Best New Entrant Crook and Drum Growing Together
Beautiful Scotland Award winners 2017
7 Sept 2017
We are very proud that several of our member groups achieved honours in the 2017 Beautiful Scotland Awards.
There were Gold medals for Beautiful Perth, Brig in Bloom and Comrie in Colour; Silver Gilts for Dunkeld & Birnam in Bloom, Kinnessswood in Bloom and Muthill in Bloom, and a Silver for the recently formed Crichton Lang Court Residents Group. Beautiful Perth also took home the winner's trophy in the Large Town category and Kinnesswood in Bloom won the Small Village category. Congratulations to all!
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