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!
Pride in your Community