Beautiful Scotland gives ‘silver gilt’ award to Bute In Bloom

The floral displays in Rothesay's Esplanade gardens - part of the reason for the island's Silver Gilt award at the annual Beautiful Scotland ceremony, held in Dundee on Friday, September 5, 2014.
The floral displays in Rothesay's Esplanade gardens - part of the reason for the island's Silver Gilt award at the annual Beautiful Scotland ceremony, held in Dundee on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Bute In Bloom has been awarded a Silver Gilt medal certificate in the Coastal Town category of the annual Beautiful Scotland awards.

It’s the third year running that Rothesay’s community regeneration efforts have received a silver gilt award - the second highest level of award - in the Scotland-wide scheme.

The scheme’s judges also awarded a silver medal certificate to the only other Argyll and Bute entrant in the scheme, the Envirokirn Action Group.

John Frater of Keep Scotland Beautiful, who hosted the ceremony said: “I am delighted to present the awards and would like to congratulate all the winners on their success.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted to award Bute in Bloom a Silver Gilt medal and the Envirokirn Action Group a Silver medal certificate.

“Through floral enhancement, community participation, and taking responsibility for tackling the criminal activity of littering and dog fouling, Beautiful Scotland groups make a massive difference to our country.

“The awards presented at this ceremony go some way to recognising all the endless hours which volunteers and local authorities put in throughout the year to ensure that visitors and local community members are able to enjoy clean, green and sustainable surroundings.”

The 2014 awards were held as part of the Dundee Food and Flower Festival at the city’s Camperdown Park - birthplace, coincidentally, of the Camperdown elm tree, the official name of the long-lived ‘umbrella tree’ which formerly stood in Rothesay’s Esplanade gardens and which, since its death from old age, has been converted into a hand-crafted bench, soon to be installed at the tree’s former location.