New home and new sponsor for Bute flower show

Rothesay Horticultural Society's 2016 show will move from the Pavilion to Rothesay Trinity's church, halls and gardens.
Rothesay Horticultural Society's 2016 show will move from the Pavilion to Rothesay Trinity's church, halls and gardens.

This year’s Rothesay Horticultural Society show will go ahead in a new home due to the temporary closure of its usual venue.

Major refurbishment of Rothesay Pavilion means the society’s 2016 show will instead take place in Rothesay Trinity’s church, halls and gardens on the weekend of September 3 and 4.

And in a bid to boost interest on Bute in both horticulture and recycling, local social enterprise Fyne Futures is joining the party this year by sponsoring two new classes at the event.

In one, children be asked to demonstrate the most original way to recycle or re-use a plastic soft drink bottle, while in the other, adults will be asked to do the same with an empty soft drink can.

The two new classes come with significant sponsorship prizes - the winner of each class will receive £25, with the runner-up receiving £15 and the entrant placed third receiving £10.

Fyne Futures’ involvement is part of the two-year Zero Waste Bute project, backed by Zero Waste Scotland with financial support of £200,000.

Reeni Kennedy-Boyle, Fyne Futures’ project manager, said: “Fyne Futures is delighted to be involved with Rothesay Horticultural Society’s 2016 show through the sponsorship of these new classes.

“With the support of Zero Waste Scotland we’re doing our best to get everyone thinking about recycling and reducing the amount of waste from Bute that goes to landfill.”

Rothesay Horticultural Society, meanwhile, has received a pledge of £979 from For Bute to pay for the construction of new staging for the show at its new home in September.

RHS chairman Frank McCabe said: “The 2016 show is sure to be a busy event, and with two new trophies to be introduced and presented as well as the two new classes sponsored by Fyne Futures and Zero Waste Bute, there’s plenty of time to get working on your entries.

“Membership levels have been growing steadily over recent years which shows interest in, and enthusiasm for, horticulture and craftwork on the island is as strong as ever.”

Membership of one of the longest-established horticultural societies in Scotland - costs just £5 a year and comes with many benefits, including access to the show schedule, eligibility to compete in the show, free entry to the event, and invitations to any winter meetings and other special events the society arranges.

You can find out more - including details of the society’s annual trip to the Gardening Scotland exhibition at Ingliston, taking place this year on Saturday, June 4 - at or at the society’s page on Facebook.