Milngavie in Bloom is growing places

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FLORAL displays in Milngavie will come under the spotlight next month when judges from the ‘Beautiful Scotland’ competition visit the town.

Milngavie in Bloom is one of 50 groups taking part in the national contest.

Two judges from Beautiful Scotland will visit the town on Wednesday, August 8.

A panel of 20 experienced judges will be scouring Scotland over the coming weeks as the search gets underway to find the country’s top floral displays and community-led environmental projects .

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

The award winners will be announced at a special ceremony on September 11, in Motherwell.

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 the area.

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

The group has 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 co-ordinator 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 to plant flowers near the Fraser Centre, in Milngavie precinct.