‘Silver gilt’ for Rothesay at Beautiful Scotland awards

Beautiful Scotland judges Kate Stevenson and Lorna Mutch (front) with David Rennie, Ailsa Cunningham, Joe McCabe and Jessica Herriot, who showed the pair around on their tour of Rothesay on August 1.

Beautiful Scotland judges Kate Stevenson and Lorna Mutch (front) with David Rennie, Ailsa Cunningham, Joe McCabe and Jessica Herriot, who showed the pair around on their tour of Rothesay on August 1.

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Local efforts to brighten up Rothesay have been rewarded with the presentation of a ‘silver gilt’ medal certificate at the annual Beautiful Scotland awards ceremony.

The certificate, in the Coastal Town category, was presented in Aberdeen on Friday.

Kate Stevenson and Lorna Mutch, the expert volunteer judges who visited Rothesay, commented: “Rothesay has just embarked on a very impressive regeneration programme around the centre of the town. Plans are also well advanced for the upgrading of their unique Pavilion building.

“Of particular interest are the impressive floral displays along the seafront, the work at Ardencraig Gardens and the wildflower garden created in a gap site.”

The competition’s top prize, the Rosebowl, won by Rothesay in 2010, was this year shared between Perth, Dufftown, Pitlochry and St Andrews.

The only other Argyll and Bute entrant, the Envirokirn Action Group, received a silver medal certificate to recognise their work in improving the Kirn area near Dunoon.

Lord Purvis, who hosted the ceremony, said: “Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted that Rothesay in Bloom has been awarded a Silver Gilt and Envirokirn Action Group has been awarded a Silver medal certificate this year.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved in achieving these results for Rothesay and Kirn, and would also like to commend the groups for helping to make Argyll and Bute, and Scotland, a cleaner, greener place for us all to enjoy today and tomorrow - 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.”