Rothesay ready to welcome ‘Beautiful Scotland’ judges

The floral displays in Rothesay's Esplanade gardens have earned the town regular praise from teh Beautiful Scotladn judging panel.
The floral displays in Rothesay's Esplanade gardens have earned the town regular praise from teh Beautiful Scotladn judging panel.

The annual visit to Rothesay by members of the Beautiful Scotland judging panel is now less than two days away.

Final preparations are being made for the visit to the town by two judges from the national competition this Thursday, August 6.

Thursday’s tour begins at the Montague Street gardens, before going on to visit Guildford Square, the Esplanade gardens, the Chapelhill rockery, Rothesay Pavilion, Grow Bute’s allotments next to St Andrew’s Primary School, the new garden space opposite the Moat Centre, Bute Produce’s market garden, and the nursery and gardens at Ardencraig.

Rothesay has a proud record in the Beautiful Scotland competition, having won the ‘best medium town’ award in 2003 and the Horticulture Award two years later, before scooping the competition’s top prize, the Rosebowl, in 2010.

For the last two years the judges have given Rothesay’s entry a ‘silver gilt’ accolade - the second-highest level of award - with the floral displays on the seafront attracting particularly high praise.