A golden day for in bloom Aberdour ...

Pauleen Norman MBE, chairman of Aberdour Village in Bloom (left), and Joan Dryburgh vice-chairman, with gardening broadcaster Bob Flowerdew.

Pauleen Norman MBE, chairman of Aberdour Village in Bloom (left), and Joan Dryburgh vice-chairman, with gardening broadcaster Bob Flowerdew.

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Members of Aberdour Village in Bloom have been celebrating after striking gold in a prestigious national horticultural competition.

They have been toasting Aberdour’s success after the village scooped the top accolade in the ‘small coastal’ category at the recent Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom 2013 awards.

Aberdour was up against Dartmouth, Devon and St Brelade, Jersey, in this category, which applies to villages and towns of up to 12,000 population. Aberdour then went on to be declared winner of small coastal in Britain, jointly with Dartmouth.

As well as success in the coastal category, Aberdour was nominated by the judges as a finalist for three other discretionary awards: Sustainable Landscaping (for the Sensory Garden), Britain in Bloom’s Tourism Award (recognising the impact on tourism of Village in Bloom’s work) and the Britain in Bloom School Award: Aberdour Primary School won a special achievement award for its commitment to on-going environmental and horticultural initiatives.

Pauleen Norman MBE, chairman of Aberdour Village in Bloom, told The Press: “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 two 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.”

She added: “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.”

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This is a wonderful achievement for Aberdour, fighting off stiff competition in the coastal category.

“As a charity we are determined to celebrate the best of community effort to improve local environments all over Scotland. These are very prestigious awards - the whole village can be very proud of this success.”