Volunteers behind the St Andrews in Bloom campaign have issued an appeal to the local community to help the town look at its welcoming best as it prepares to bid for more success in two major competitions.
The hard working local group is preparing to showcase the town’s horticultural and environmental successes to two sets of visiting judges in the coming weeks and hope to recruit help from townspeople and businesses. Judges in the Beautiful Fife contest will be visiting St Andrews on the morning of July 26, followed just a few days later by the assessors from Beautiful Scotland on the afternoon of August 1.
All St Andreans are being urged to take note of these dates, to ensure that the whole community is spruced up in readiness for the visits.
Each set of judges will spend around three hours in the university town, touring both the central and outlying areas. During their visit, they will be meeting representatives of local organisations who have been involved in environmental improvements and sustainability initiatives.
And, given that St Andrews is participating in the coastal town category, the judges will also be taking in the award-winning beaches and harbour areas, explained Carolyn Millar, of St Andrews in Bloom.
Carolyn, who is co-ordinating the plans for the judging visits, told the Citizen yesterday (Thursday) :”We only have a small pool of volunteers to call upon, and will really be relying on lots of other people and businesses doing their bit in this important seven-day period.
“We’d like to ask everyone in the town to help by tidying up front gardens and shop fronts, keeping black bags and wheelie bins off the streets as much as possible during the judging periods, and picking up any litter they might see.”
Thanking local taxi firm, Bill’s Taxis - which is generously providing transportation for the judges during their tours around St Andrews - she added: ”St Andrews has enjoyed previous success in these competitions and, with a lot of hard work and community support over the coming days, we are certainly optimistic that we can impress the judges.”
The St Andrews in Bloom campaign aims to unite the St Andrews community behind a commonly-held ambition – to further enhance the town’s appeal while respecting its current character and beauty.