Wigtown’s efforts to bloom pay off

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Wigtown has been awarded a silver gilt medal certificate at the annual Beautiful Scotland awards ceremony in Dundee recently.

Wigtown in Bloom took the prize in the Large Village category of the Beautiful Scotland Awards.

Beautiful Scotland – previously known as Beautiful Scotland in Bloom – is a national competition run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, a member of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Bloom Federation.

The competition is entered by local authorities, Business Improvement Districts and volunteer groups representing their cities, towns, villages and communities. The categories were hotly contested and all entrants were presented with a medal certificate of one of four categories: gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze.

Groups are assessed by volunteer judges for their achievements in three core pillars: horticultural excellence, environmental responsibility, and community participation. As well as the awards themselves, a number of this year’s winners will represent Scotland next year in the UK-wide RHS Britain in Bloom competition.

John Frater of Keep Scotland Beautiful, who hosted the ceremony said: “Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted to award Wigtown in Bloom a Silver Gilt medal,

“The awards presented at this ceremony go some way to recognising all the endless hours which volunteers and local authorities put in throughout the year to ensure that visitors and local community members are able to enjoy clean, green and sustainable surroundings.”