Golden night for Cupar in Britain in Bloom contest

Mary Law (second from right, front row) with the rest of the triumphant members of Cupar in Bloom. Pic: Dave Scott
Mary Law (second from right, front row) with the rest of the triumphant members of Cupar in Bloom. Pic: Dave Scott

Cupar has scooped its biggest prize yet in national bloom competitions, taking a Gold as well as a special award in the UK contest.

Members of the hard-working Cupar in Bloom team returned from Britain in Bloom’s presentation ceremony in Sunderland last Friday night with a Gold in the town competition, along with the Young People’s Award.

It was a brilliant night for the town which received a Silver Gilt in the same competition in 2010.

The ceremony was attended by Mary Law, who chairs the Cupar group, along with husband Ronnie and members Vicky Coull, Wanda Wheelans and Gladys Lundie.

Another Silver Gilt would have been fine recognition for the town, but the judges, following their visit to Cupar in July, thought otherwise!

Mary admitted this week that the Young People’s Award - a special Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) discretionary prize was “quite a surprise.”

“It was in recognition of the extensive work we do with all the schools in the town - including Kilmaron - the Busy Bee Nursery and its garden at Elmwood College, the Scouts and our activities at Tarvit Pond.

“We involve quite a wide age group and I’m sure all the young people that have helped us will be very pleased with the award.”

“Receiving the Young People’s Award was very special as it was open to all 64 of the communities taking part in the competition.”

During their morning in Cupar, the judges were given a presentation by bloom group members before they toured the town.

They took in various floral displays, such as those at Ferguson Square and the War Memorial, visited schools and the garden of Weston Day Hospital, and walked round Tarvit Pond where the bloom group have been undertaking a bat survey.

Mary said the judges were very impressed with the group’s interaction with community organisations and the support shown by local businesses.

“The judges thought the town looked really good and noted it was clear of litter.

“They were also very taken by the number of spires in the town and praised the wild flowers in East Road.”

Communities invited to enter the RHS Britain in Bloom competition receive a Bronze, Silver, Silver-Gilt or Gold award, depending on their level of achievement, while the discretionary awards recognise excellence in particular areas.

The UK competition has been running since 1964, with towns, villages and urban communities taking part each year to show off their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement.

Groups are selected to take part in the UK finals.

Cupar in Bloom will be back in the Beautiful Scotland competition next year, hoping to add to its many successes in the contest.

Cupar again lifted the best medium town award in this year’s popular Beautiful Fife competition.