Cupar crowned best of the best by Britain in Bloom

Mary Law, who chairs Cupar in Bloom, holds the award certificate, flanked by Liz Stewart, RHS Scotland manager and Keith Jackson, Fife Council parks and community events officer. Pictured also are some members of the bloom group and members of other organisations, who support the group. Pic by Dave Scott.
Mary Law, who chairs Cupar in Bloom, holds the award certificate, flanked by Liz Stewart, RHS Scotland manager and Keith Jackson, Fife Council parks and community events officer. Pictured also are some members of the bloom group and members of other organisations, who support the group. Pic by Dave Scott.
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It was better late than never this week as Cupar in Bloom received another award – from last year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

It means the town’s floral displays make Cupar the best of the best in the 2015 awards.

An administrative glitch meant that Cupar appeared to miss out on the overall Town Category of the awards.

But once competition organisers realised that Falmouth had been recognised in the wrong category, the award came to Cupar.

And this week Mary Law, Cupar in Bloom’s chairman, was delighted to receive the award from Liz Stewart, the Royal Horticulatural Society’s Scotland manager, at Elmwood College.

Cupar already has a gold medal in the category from last year’s awards, but the latest recognition was the icing on the cake for Mrs Law.

“My enthusiastic team are over the moon with the newly disclosed news that we were the winner of the town category,” she said.

“It is a great achievement for our town and exemplifies how everyone works together to take a pride in Cupar.”

The latest presentation took place at a training event for community groups taking part in the 2016 Beautiful Scotland campaign.

Keith Jackson and Bill Ronald, Britain in Bloom judges, were also present to enjoy the celebrations with members of the Cupar in Bloom team.

Mr Jackson, also parks and community events officer at Fife Council, said: “Cupar is a wonderful example of all that’s best about Britain in Bloom and the amazing people who roll up their sleeves to make change happen.

‘‘The volunteers have supported the local Beautiful Fife competition, been consistent winners at a national level in Beautiful Scotland and are very deserving of this accolade.

“Britain in Bloom brings together communities, improves our environment and fosters civic pride, but it also helps to inspire creativity, spreads joy and laughter and invigorates friendships.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Beautiful Scotland this year and is hosting three workshops across Scotland to support groups in their quest for gold in the annual competition.

Across the UK around 1600 groups enter the competition and from the initial entries, a selection of winners are nominated to represent their country in the RHS Britain in Bloom UK final the following year.

Cupar in Bloom was one of seven groups representing Scotland in the UK 2015 RHS Britain in Bloom Finals which saw successes across the country, including a special Young People’s Award for Cupar, and prizes for Kirkcaldy, Dundee and Coupar Angus.