Glenrothes has its fingers crossed for ‘bloom’ prize

Glenrothes was in bloom in July

Glenrothes was in bloom in July

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The town holds its breath this week ahead of a judges’ decision that could confirm Glenrothes’ status as the UK’s best ‘bloom town’.

The hope is that the hours of painstaking planning, planting and nurturing, that has made Glenrothes one of the leading ‘Britain In Bloom’ candidates in the last decade, will sway Royal Horticultural Society judges as they prepare to announce Britain’s ‘Champion of Champions’ award.

The accolade is the highest honour achievable in the nationwide competition and the winner will be announced tomorrow evening (Thursaday) at a prestigious ceremony in Bristol.

In Fife, only Falkland has previously been awarded the title of Britain’s best, as Glenrothes hopes to see off still competition from a shortist of four other previous champions; Shrewsbury, City of London, Woolton in Liverpool and Ahoghill in Ulster.

Margaret Reilly and Pat Spence, both retired Fife Council employees, have been involved in the competition since the town first entered 10 years ago.

“It would be a fantastic to win, especially as this is likely to be the last time Glenrothes enters the competition because of funding cuts,” said Margaret.

“The town has been the benchmark for floral displays as far as Fife is concerned.”