Fri 6 Dec 13
Glenrothes has won gold in the large town category at this year's Britain in Bloom awards –the second time the town has picked up this prestigious award, with the judges commenting "that the town was a floral delight, with other excellent community and environmental involvement and interests"..
The nominees and winners are selected by the Royal Horticultural Society 'Britain in Bloom' UK judging panel after visiting the town in early August. .
Congratulations have gone to the staff of Fife Council Parks, Streets and Open Spaces team for Glenrothes winning the discretionary award - RHS Britain in Bloom Horticultural Award which is presented to the finalist that 'demonstrates the best horticultural displays throughout the entry.'.
Margaret Reilly, Chairperson of Glenrothes in Bloom said: "We are over the moon, winning gold is a very significant award for Glenrothes. It would not have been possible without the commitment of Take a Pride in Glenrothes and the continued support of our sponsors, Fife Council and all of the community volunteers involved.".
The impressive results for Glenrothes now mean that the town will be invited to compete in the Champion of Champions category at next year's ceremony for the most coveted award of the competition..
Chair of the Glenrothes Area Committee Cllr Altany Craik added: "Congratulations to the many people who have given generously of their time and energies and this award is a well-deserved recognition for their efforts.".
Aberdour was also flying the flag for Fife at the awards ceremony and came away with Gold and Category Winner awards in the Coastal category (for areas with a population less than 12,000) – a great achievement for the volunteers involved in the project..
Pauleen Norman MBE, Chair of Aberdour Village in Bloom said: "This is the first year Aberdour has entered the National Britain in Bloom competition and it is fantastic news for the village that we have won this trophy. It is wonderful to have the hard work of all our committee members and volunteers recognised in this way. We are a small village of less than 1700 people, and we were competing against much larger towns..
"The judges recognised the tremendous participation and engagement from all areas of the community, the local Primary School, the scouts,cubs, beavers, brownies, the nursery and play group children, the rotary and other local associations and the support of local businesses. And of course they loved our summer planting, our sensory garden and the work that is carried out throughout the year to maintain and enhance our natural heritage."
South West Fife Area Committee Chair Cllr Bobby Clelland said: "Well done to a great group of volunteers for their achievements in the Aberdour area. The judges were highly impressed and I know they had a great day visiting the community.".