North Berwick has triumphed at the the UK Britain in Bloom awards ceremony, held in Cleethorpes on Saturday evening.
The Beautiful Scotland awards are used to identify the cream of Scottish environmental quality achievement, and Keep Scotland Beautiful was hopeful of some home grown success at UK level.
North Berwick in Bloom won a Gold in the RHS Champion of Champions category which recognises the achievements of communities who regulalry participate and excel in the RHS Britain in Bloom finals.
Rosie Oberlander won an RHS Community Champion award for driving the campaign.
Of Rosie, an RHS judge said: “A quiet but very effective person with a prodigious appetite for work she organises the volunteers where she leads by example in hands on tasks.”
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This is a wonderful achievement for North Berwick, fighting off stiff competition in the Champion of Champions category. As a charity we are determined to celebrate the very best of community effort to improve local environments all over Scotland, and it is clear that the judges have seen a city that is delivering excellence all round. These are very prestigious awards, and the whole town can be very proud of this success.
“We are determined to use this fantastic achievement, and those of other successes from Aberdour to Uddingston, to motivate even more communities to make their communities cleaner, greener places and make our 2014 Beautiful Scotland awards even better than ever.”
A team of fourteen volunteer judges toured the UK in pairs at the end of July and early August visiting each of the finalists. They assessed entries on three main criteria - horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.
The North Berwick entry was one of seven Scottish successes, five Scottish entries secured gold medal awards, and three scooped top category awards too:
· North Berwick won Gold in the RHS Champion of Champions category
· Aberdour Village won the Coastal (up to 12,000 population) category and Gold
· Coupar Angus won Gold and the Large Village category
· Edinburgh won the Large City category and Gold
· Glenrothes picked up Gold in the Large Town category
In addition, Glenrothes was presented with the prestgious RHS Britain in Bloom Horticultural Award for the best horticultural displays, Blairgowie & Rattray warded a Silver Gilt in the Town category, and Uddingston took silver in the Urban Community category.
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