Bute’s Beautiful Scotland campaign kicks off

It’s that time of year again when the island is preparing its entry into this year’s Beautiful Scotland awards – and the organisers are asking for your help!

Beautiful Scotland is an environmental campaign in Scotland, which takes part as a nation in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Britain in Bloom campaign. It is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful for communities who are working to improve and enhance their local area.

Bute has had success in previous years – most notably in 2010 when Rothesay scooped the top prize, the Rosebowl Trophy – and it is this success that the organisers would like to replicate, but in order to do so, the help of the community is needed.

Judging will take place on the island some time between July 29 and August 9, and the judges will be taking three criteria into account: horticultural achievement (worth 50 per cent of the overall score); environmental responsibility (25 per cent); and community participation (25 per cent).

A meeting has been organised for Thursday, April 25 at 6.30pm in the Pavilion cafe for all interested parties – whether you’re a local business or member of the public, regardless of whether you’ve been involved in previous years or not – to find out more about this year’s plans.