Do your bit to get Rothesay in bloom!

Battery Place is a regular feature on the Beautiful Scotland judges' annual tour of Rothesay.
Battery Place is a regular feature on the Beautiful Scotland judges' annual tour of Rothesay.

Householders and businesses along Rothesay’s seafront are being urged to help ensure the town is fully in bloom ahead of the annual visitby the Beautiful Scotland competition judging panel.

Iain Gillespie, the secretary of the Bute In Bloom community group which co-ordinates Rothesay’s Beautiful Scotland entry each year, has written to The Buteman asking those on the judging route to consider putting out extra floral displays in time for the judges’ visit on Thursday, August 6.

Bute In Bloom is also asking shop owners to take a look at the front of their premises before the judges arrive in the town to ensure they are clean and free from the dirt often splashed up during spells of heavy rain.

In a letter which you can read in full in our July 24 edition (on sale from Thursday, July 23), Mr Gillespie says: “This year we have improved many aspects of our presentation, which will include the renovated garden site in King Street, revamped under the auspices of the HELP Project, while the two wild bird feeding areas, in Watergate and behind the TSB in Montague Street, are being improved.

“There are, however, two aspects of the competition in which Rothesay has regularly been marked down, and with that in mind I am appealing to locals to help.

“First, it has been mentioned in every assessment from the Beautiful Scotland judges that the bottoms of many shop fronts are badly marked by dirt caused by splashing from the rain.

“Second, as the judges make their way to Ardencraig Gardens and then return from there to the town centre, they have registered the hope that more can be done by way of floral displays on the frontages of the buildings along Battery Place and Mountstuart Road.

“We would be very grateful if businesses could help with these two items.”