Why Cupar is simply the best!

Pictured with the trophy and certificates are, from left - Vicky Coull, Mary Law, Ronnie Law and Caroline Green.
Pictured with the trophy and certificates are, from left - Vicky Coull, Mary Law, Ronnie Law and Caroline Green.

A group of green-fingered Cuparians are celebrating after the town regained a top horticultural title after a five-year gap.

At a glittering ceremony in Dundee on Friday, members of Cupar in Bloom were awarded the coveted trophy for Best Medium Town in the Beautiful Scotland campaign - along with their fourth gold medal in a row.

It was the first time since 2009 that Cupar had won the prestigious title, and Cupar in Bloom chairperson Mary Law expressed her elation at the achievement.

She said: “We’ve been aiming to win it back for some years so we were delighted, especially since we were pipped at the post last year and lost out by just one mark.

“It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, residents, businesses and organisations, and particularly rewarding after all the upheaval in the town caused by the roadworks earlier in the year, which held us up in terms of planning the displays.

“The hanging baskets in the Bonnygate were particularly colourful this year and the Commonwealth Games gave us the opportunity to be creative with our displays.

“On the day the judges visited, Cupar’s residents and businesses were really good in helping to make sure the town looked its best and we’re very grateful for their support.”

As well as scooping its fourth gold medal in a row, Cupar also came within a whisker of winning Beautiful Scotland’s ultimate prize - the Rosebowl, which is awarded to the community that accumulates the most marks in the competition.

“There were five of us in the running for the Rosebowl and only three marks separating us all,” said Mary.

“It was between Cupar, North Berwick, Aberdour, Kirkcaldy and Coupar Angus ... so when they announced the winner as Couper Angus, for a second we thought we’d won!”

Meanwhile other communities in north east Fife did well at the awards, with Newburgh in Bloom and Seasons of Ceres earning a silver gilt and silver respectively in the large village category.

In addition, Fife Council received the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Award for demonstrating the highest quality of horticultural standards in public open spaces.

Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman said: “Fife did brilliantly in the Beautiful Scotland campaign.

“We brought home five trophies, including the Council winning the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Award. Congratulations to everyone involved, this national recognition is well deserved.

“So many communities in Fife are now in the running for these awards year after year and I’d like to pay tribute to every single group and volunteer who is helping to make Fife Beautiful.”

However, Cupar in Bloom’s success does not mean that Mary and her team will be resting on their laurels.

They’re already working on next year’s displays, formulating ideas and planning the planting.

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Cupar in Bloom, which was formed in March 2004 and won the title of ‘Most Improved Town’ that year.

It’s won an award every year since, including a highly-prized silver gilt in the Britain in Bloom campaign in 2010.