Muthill set task to take home gold
Nicole Reid • Published 3 Feb 2012 09:30
MUTHILL will be representing Scotland in the village category in the prestigious 2012 Britain in Bloom awards, it was revealed this week.
The only Perth and Kinross finalist in the campaign, the small Muthill in Bloom committee are delighted they have been selected from more than 1000 entries to take part in the finals.
Muthill has been selected in the village category, competing against another five entries for a gold medal and coveted title of category winner. One of only seven Scottish finalists, the Strathearn village is looking forward to getting started for the nation's largest environmental campaign.
The hardworking members have already got a few tricks up their sleeves to
bring colour to the village once again and weather dependent, will get started straight away.
Last year was a very successful year for the small team as they took away golds from both Beautiful Scotland and Take a Pride in Perthshire. They also won the community award and will be striving to keep that success up this year.
Community involvement is one of their main goals for brightening up the village and this year they have some new recruits.
"Alongside their enthusiastic mini gardeners from the primary school and Brownies, this year they will have help from the Beavers, Scouts, Cubs and the newest team to the village, the Rainbows.
Chair Susan Crawford said: "It's not just about the flowers. It's about community involvement and coming together. If people are unable to take part, such as some of the elderly in the village, we put a flower pot outside their doors to ensure they're involved."
In 2010 Muthill made it to the Britain in Bloom finals and as a first time entrant took home silver in their category. This year they are aiming for gold: "We are just delighted we have made it to the finals.
"We have lots in the pipeline and are looking forward to another challenging year ahead," said Susan.
Amongst a number of new ideas for the village, Susan confirmed Thomas the Tank Engine would be returning again.
The eye-catching flower beds sat on the wind of the street last year, brightening up the village.
The campaign runs all year round with Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom judges touring communities in July.
This article appeared in Strathallan Times 02 Feb 12
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