Milngavie floral displays judged in national competition

Milngavie precinct, Fraser centre Boys Brigade helping to plant a garden, Milngavie in Bloom and Dobbies helping and parents'Photo Emma Mitchell'30/5/12
Milngavie precinct, Fraser centre Boys Brigade helping to plant a garden, Milngavie in Bloom and Dobbies helping and parents'Photo Emma Mitchell'30/5/12

THE FLORAL displays in Milngavie are to be judged next month when two judges from The Beautiful Scotland Competition pay a visit to the town.

Milngavie in Bloom is one of 50 groups in Scotland whose town will come under the spotlight from the national organisation over the next couple of weeks, with the judges visiting Milngavie on August 8.

A panel of 20 experienced judges will scour Scotland looking for that very special place, and Milngavie hopes to be that place this year.

During the judging each community will be assessed on: horticultural achievement, sustainable development and bio-diversity initiative, environmental quality and community involvement.

However the town will have to wait until September 11 at a special Awards Ceremony in Motherwell to find out if it have beaten the 49 other green fingered areas to lift the coveted Rosebowl Trophy.

The small army of volunteers who make up Milngavie in Bloom have worked tirelessly over the last year to add a splash of colour to area.

Volunteers have been responsible for flower tubs at the train station and cleaning up the West Highland Way, new flower bed outside the station, floral displays at the Bank of Scotland, six precinct planters on the Main Street as well as brightening up many other area.

The group have also organised a ‘Clean Sweep’ litter pick initiative involving other community groups and members of the public and gardening events near the Fraser Centre.

Helen Darvill, environmental quality coordinator at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We would like to wish all the groups the best of luck with the competition. We are thrilled that so many groups from across Scotland have entered this year, and hope that the judges are impressed during their visit.”

BLOOMING GREAT . . . members of the Boys Brigade joined councillor Eric Gotts in May this year, to plant flowers near the Fraser Centre in Milngavie precinct.