Sun shines on judgement day
Nicole Reid • Published 20 Aug 2012 09:30
THE sun shone on Muhill's colourful flowers last week as Britain in Bloom judges came to town.
Royal Horticultural Society judges Roger Burnett and Sharon Thomas spent the morning of Wednesday, August 8 touring the area with local volunteers.
They assessed projects against three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.
Entered in the village category, Muthill is among 73 finalists, picked from more than 1000 cities, towns, villages and urban communities, in the UK's biggest gardening and environmental campaign.
Going for gold, they have been pulling out all the stops to gain an accolade at the awards ceremony held in Guernsey in October.
Cheery displays fill the streets with rows of bright hanging baskets and colourful window boxes. And there are a number of unique eye-cathchers with scarecrows and quirky flower beds.
They have a diamond shaped rose bed planted under the community council's new lime tree in Highlandman's Park in honour of the Queen's Jubilee year and a new and improved Thomas the Tank Engine flower bed is on display thanks to the Community Payback scheme.
Muthill in Bloom chairperson Susan Crawford said: "It's not just about the flowers it's about the hard-working children and villagers who come together to brighten up the area. It's a real community event. The weather has been against us this year but fingers crossed as we have worked hard."
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