Edinburgh strikes gold in Britain in Bloom awards

Enjoying the gardens.Picture: Jane Barlow
Enjoying the gardens.Picture: Jane Barlow
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Edinburgh has triumphed in the the UK Britain in Bloom awards,

The Capital won its category and got a Gold in the Large City category.

Judges said Edinburgh adopted “an intensive programme to provide community space for growing throughout the city’ and that there were ‘so many highlights demonstrating the depth and quality of this beautiful city’s Bloom campaign.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “This is a wonderful achievement for Edinburgh, fighting off stiff competition in the city 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 city can be very proud of this success.”

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 Edinburgh in Bloom entry was one of seven Scottish successes,

North Berwick won Gold in the RHS Champion of Champions category