Holyrood motion hails Bute In Bloom’s success

Michael Russell MSP has tabled a Scottish Parliament motion hailing Bute in Bloom's success at the Beautiful Scotland awards.
Michael Russell MSP has tabled a Scottish Parliament motion hailing Bute in Bloom's success at the Beautiful Scotland awards.

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell has tabled a Scottish Parliament motion hailing the success of Bute in Bloom at this week’s Beautiful Scotland awards ceremony.

Mr Russell tabled his motion after the community group won two trophies - including the top award, the Rosebowl - and three gold certificates in the prestigious competition.

So far his sentiments have attracted the support of 14 MSPs - John Finnie (Independent, Highlands and Islands), Anne McTaggart (Labour, Glasgow), Rob Gibson (SNP, Highlands and Islands), Angus MacDonald (SNP, Falkirk East), Gil Paterson (SNP, Clydebank and Milngavie), Bill Kidd (SNP, Glasgow Anniesland), Joan McAlpine (SNP, South Scotland), Mary Scanlon (Conservative, Highlands and Islands), Margaret Mitchell (Conservative, Central Scotland), Jean Urquhart (Independent, Highlands and Islands), Hanzala Malik (Labour, Glasgow), Jamie McGrigor (Conservative, Highlands and Islands), Liz Smith (Conservative, Mid Scotland and Fife) and Nanette Milne (Conservative, North East Scotland).

Mr Russell’s motion reads, in full: “That the Parliament notes the outstanding success of the Island of Bute in the Beautiful Scotland awards; commends what it considers the inspirational work of Bute in Bloom, which has resulted in the island not only winning the Rosebowl, the top prize, in the 2015 competition, which repeated the island’s success in 2010, but also the David Kerr Trophy for best coastal town and three gold certificates, including one recognising the high level of community involvement in the competition; notes the particular commendation for the local authority bedding displays, the heritage horticultural work, the involvement of children at Mount Stuart, the contribution of the Beachwatch Bute and HELP projects and the engagement with young vulnerable people, and congratulates everyone on the island on their hard work in achieving such results.”