Volunteers are blooming great at making St Andrews look its best

Beautiful Scotland judges John MacLennan and Sandy Scott (front left) are welcomed to St Andrews Botanic Garden by St Andrews in Bloom chairman Ray Pead (centre rear) and Bloom volunteers.
Beautiful Scotland judges John MacLennan and Sandy Scott (front left) are welcomed to St Andrews Botanic Garden by St Andrews in Bloom chairman Ray Pead (centre rear) and Bloom volunteers.
  • Town vying for top prize
  • Judges three-hour inspection tour
  • Daily blitz by ‘bloomers’

A team of green-fingered volunteers has been praised for making sure St Andrews looked its floral best in time for judges from ‘Beautiful Scotland’ coming to town.

The volunteers had been out and about for weeks in the build-up to the inspection.

Hosted by St Andrews in Bloom. the two judges had a three-hour tour of the town, with three themes examined – horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

Spots visited were the Botanic Garden, West Sands, the Links Trust’s Green-keeping Centre, St Salvator’s and St Mary’s Quads, the Preservation Trust Museum, Kinburn Park, Argyle Court, the Harbour, Albany Park and Stanks Park Community Orchard.

The judges met local people who spoke about their horticultural and environmental projects.

St Andrews in Bloom chairman Ray Pead said: “The enthusiasm and knowledge shown by everyone along the tour route was very uplifting and I can only think that the judges will feel the same.

I really must thank our volunteers, who have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks, to ensure our displays were at their best for the judging.

Ray Pead

“I really must thank our volunteers, who have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks, to ensure our displays were at their best for the judging.

“We have had our ‘bloomers’ out almost daily carrying out watering, dead-heading, re-planting, weeding, tidying, litter removal and cleaning.”

“I’d also like to thank Fife Council and their grounds team, who spent quality time for us on the streets and open spaces along the route - grass cutting, hedge trimming, street cleaning, bin emptying and garden tidying. Their support was superb.”

St Andrews - which won the top Rosebowl Trophy in 2013 - now waits until September when communities from across Scotland find out the results at an awards at a ceremony in Perth.

As well as the sought-after Rosebowl Trophy, St Andrews is also vying for discretionary awards for outstanding performance in tourism and community involvement..