Silver smiles again for Milngavie in Bloom

11.7.14 MILNGAVIE Spinal Injuries Centre. Staff volunteers and Milngavie In Bloom volunteers in the garden which they helped to tidy up. Marianne Prentice - staff, Lynda Eastcroft - Volunteer, Betty Black - Milngavie in Bloom, Elaine Shearer - Milngavie in Bloom, Heather Lindsay - Milngavie in Bloom, George Eastcroft - Volunteer, Rosemarie Boyle - Staff, Jim Marnell - Volunteer.
11.7.14 MILNGAVIE Spinal Injuries Centre. Staff volunteers and Milngavie In Bloom volunteers in the garden which they helped to tidy up. Marianne Prentice - staff, Lynda Eastcroft - Volunteer, Betty Black - Milngavie in Bloom, Elaine Shearer - Milngavie in Bloom, Heather Lindsay - Milngavie in Bloom, George Eastcroft - Volunteer, Rosemarie Boyle - Staff, Jim Marnell - Volunteer.

Milngavie in Bloom’s efforts to brighten up the town have been recognised with a 
silver medal at Keep Scotland Beautiful’s annual awards ceremony.

This is the third year in a row the horticultural group has won silver in the Medium Town category. The event took place last Friday as part of the Dundee Flower and Food 
Festival.

Heather Lindsay, former chairperson of Milngavie in Bloom, who is currently its gardening convener said: “This is the third year we have received a silver and it is all down to the volunteers that work so hard.

“We are delighted to receive this award and maintain the standards that we set last year.

“The whole community is very appreciative of what we do, and this is nice know that what we do makes a difference to the precinct.”

Thelma Will, secretary of the group, added: “The judges have a number of things they are looking out for. They have a marking sheet and look for things like; is our planting done in a sustainable way, how much community involvement there is, and mixing different types of flowers.”

Beautiful Scotland in Bloom is a national competition run by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The competition is entered by local authorities, Business Improvement Districts and volunteer groups representing their cities, towns, villages and communities and all categories were hotly contested.

Judging was done by volunteers in three core pillars: horticultural excellence, environmental responsibility, and community participation.

John Frater of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “I am delighted to present the awards and would like to congratulate all the winners on their success. Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted to award Milngavie in Bloom a silver medal certificate.

“Through floral enhancement, community participation, and taking responsibility for tackling the criminal activity of littering and dog fouling, Beautiful Scotland groups make a massive difference to our country.

“The awards go some way to recognising all which volunteers and local authorities do throughout the year to ensure visitors and local community members are able to enjoy a sustainable environment.”