Bute is bloomin’ beautiful!

Britain in Bloom's judges visited the island back in August and evidently were impressed with what they saw.

Britain in Bloom's judges visited the island back in August and evidently were impressed with what they saw.

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Bute has scooped a Silver Gilt award in this year’s prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK competition.

Representing Scotland, Bute was one of only seven areas from across the UK chosen to compete in the Coastal up to 12k category of the awards which were held in Birmingham last night (October 14).

The island’s medal, the second highest available, confirms its position as one of the greenest and most beautiful coastal areas in Britain.

Speaking about the award, Jessica Herriot, chair of Bute in Bloom said: “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of our island community. By working together we have made a difference to our environment for locals and visitors to enjoy.

“Everyone from our volunteers to our council gardeners and amenity staff have made a huge difference in making Bute beautiful in so many different ways.

“The sense of achievement that can be created through gardening cannot be underestimated, and whilst there will always be more we can do, we are delighted to receive this recognition.

“We thoroughly enjoy working with, and for, the local community who are justifiably proud of our achievements.”

The RHS Britain in Bloom Awards ceremony celebrates the huge contribution made by the 300,000 Bloom volunteers whose hard work and dedication help transform what are often grey and unloved areas into greener, cleaner and more beautiful spaces for everyone to enjoy.