This town can do bloomin’ well!

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The snow may still be on the ground, but come summer, Glenrothes will be flying the flag for Scotland in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom contest.

And local organisers will be hoping to match the result of 2011, when the town took gold.

Glenrothes is one of 80 finalists which has been plucked from the whole of the UK to take part in the annual competition, now in its 59th year.

It beat out some tough competition which saw a massive 1000 entries from the rest of the UK.

Glenrothes will again be competing in the ‘Large Town’ category, from which it won its award in 2011 and will be up against the likes of St Helier on Jersey, Tunbridge Wells in the South West of England and Colwyn Bay in Wales.

Margaret Reilly, current chair of Take Pride in Glenrothes said being chosen to take part is “fantastic”.

“We are really looking forward to taking part in Britain in Bloom,” said Margaret.

“All of the things that we do, we would do anyway, but to get the recognition for them is great and hopefully we’ll do well again.”

Lindsay Roy MP, also commented: “It is a fitting reward for the hard work and dedication of all the many gardeners and volunteers who make the town such a beautiful place, it truly is a joy to behold in the summer.

“I wish everyone the very best of luck.”

Come July, Glenrothes’ commitment to its environmental responsibility, community participation and gardening achievement will be top of the list when the Britain in Bloom Judges visit the town once more.

And it will be up to the green fingered volunteers of the town to show off their hard work and dedication to keeping Glenrothes looking rosy.

Judges will be taken on a tour of local projects and initiatives that will hopefully seal the deal in a bid for another gold and recognition at the annual awards ceremony, held in Cleethorpes in October.

“There are several projects which will be judged,” said Margaret. “From Magnus Drive to the improvements at Stenton Pond, it’s all about biodiversity and conservation now.

“Plus we now have Friends of Riverside Park, so we can see all the improvements that are going on in the park too.”

And despite the weather, Margaret said preparations for the competition are going well.

“Everything is going fine - this winter has not been as bad as the last two. You can’t really do anything about the weather, but we’ve tried to plant things which are really hardy. Things are defintitely coming along.”

Andrea Van Sittart, head of regional development, said: “On behalf of the RHS, I’d like to wish every volunteer from Glenrothes the very best of luck in this year’s UK Finals and look forward to celebrating with you all in October.”