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Latest News

Telegraph Pole Removal


On Sunday, 17 December 2017, Openreach (part of British Telecom) removed (at Burgh Beautiful’s request) the ugly leaning telegraph pole which had for so long disfigured the appearance of the Union Canal Basin at Linlithgow.  It also detracted from one of the flower beds maintained by Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow.

This paves the way towards the installation of a public art project which we are promoting, including some other improvements in the vicinity.  For the emerging details of this, to be confirmed after agreement by members of the Burgh Beautiful Committee, please watch this space!

We will shortly be submitting a planning application for the overall project, have had an arts grant confirmed and are hoping for completion of the overall scheme sometime in the middle of next year at which time we hope to organise a public unveiling.

We want to put on public record our thanks for the courteous assistance given by the whole spectrum of Openreach staff, from the Chief Executive to the staff who so efficiently carried out the pole removal this morning, leaving the site in a clean and tidy condition despite the wet conditions.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who follow Burgh Beautiful’s activities.


 Protecting our Peatlands

Peatlands Bed Display


Glinting recycled CDs with important messages have joined miniature geese, hares and some of the summer-time wildlife creations in a new display in the foyer of Linlithgow Burgh Halls. Drop by and have a look for yourself.  

The main display at the Vennel bed continues to attract passers-by. Transition Linlithgow in conjunction with Burgh Beautiful and supported by the Scottish Wildlife Trust will maintain the bed until May 2018.

Peatlands Bed

Workers at the Peatland Bed Peatland Bed Sign
 Hard at Work in the Peatland Bed  Peatland Bed Volunteers


   Peatlands Bed with Plover  


Seasons change, the geese fly in and the Vennel bed gets a make-over!  Check out the new arrivals, the hare in the heathers and the new signs drawing attention to the importance of peatlands.  Volunteers from Transition Linlithgow, Burgh Beautiful and the Scottish Wildlife Trust bring you a wintery story.  Look at the different colours of beaks and feet and listen out for the skeins of geese as they fly overhead from the Arctic tundra to warmer feeding grounds here.



 Shed at Clarendon   Gate Sign at Clarendon Polytunnel at Clarendon 


Floral Trails Around Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge - New Leaflet 

Ron Smith has created a leaflet with walking tours around the various Burgh Beautiful beds and planters plus the community gardens in Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge. The leaflet can be viewed by clicking on the link at the top of the page. 

Planting Guidance Notes

A set of guidance notes has been created in order to help Burgh Beautiful members to get the best out of their displays. These notes can be viewed by clicking on the link - Planting Guidance Notes.


Linlithgow wins Gold

Medium Town Winner Bowl 2017

Medium Town Winner's Bowl

 Gold Award

Gold Award

Overcoming Adversity plaque 2017

Overcoming Adversity Award


Linlithgow has won:

  1. The ‘Gold’ award, one of three awarded in the ‘Medium Town’ category – the other Gold awards in the category went to Cupar and Haddington.
  2. The trophy (cup and certificate) for being the best ‘Medium Town’ – so we got a higher score than Haddington which actually won the Best Town Award in the UK RHS Britain in Bloom finals in 2016!
  3. The special RHS Award (glass trophy and certificate) for Overcoming Adversity (for our ‘Bye Bye Campaign).  Thanks in particular to Burgh Beautiful member Ian Orr whose idea it was!

An enormous "Thank You" is due to everyone involved in preparing for the competition including the local traders who decorated their windows (see photographs below). A special thanks goes to those Burgh Beautiful members who washed planters, swept pavements and weeded areas not usually tended by Burgh Beautiful. Actions above and beyond the call of duty.


Station Planter

Bed With Bye Bye Sign
Rotary Bed


Job Opportunities

Burgh Beautiful has a number of positions to fill.

Baskets hanging coordinator: Averil has done this task over the last five sessions and now wishes to stand down.  This is an essential job and someone is urgently required for October.  The job entails coordinating with Alex Simpson who does the actual hanging of the baskets, organising the logistics on the days concerned and some supervisory work.  Hanging the baskets involves removing the old ones and putting up the new ones.  Usually the exercise is carried out over two days twice a year, spring and autumn.  Your presence is not usually required all of the time involved.  If you are interested, and I hope you are, please contact me and I can refer you to Averil who has the hands-on experience.

Some beds requiring gardeners: four lots of beds or planters need gardeners.  If you can help out that would be marvellous or indeed, if you know of anyone who would like to join BB that would be an ideal solution. 

  • The most critical are the beds at Low Port where Alison Campbell has had to stand down.  Ronna Arfield already works on these beds but they need at least two people.  A team of three would be preferable.  This vacancy occurs after the winter planting.
  • The next is the team which looks after the serpentine bed.  They currently have three people but a fourth would be highly advantageous to help share out the work.  The team is not expected to plant up the bed as extra folk have to be drafted in for that but they do maintain the bed over the year.
  • There are two tubs outside Taste which are looked after by Shona Robertson as well as her own two.  It would be good to have someone relieve Shona of her extra two.
  • Lastly there is the permanent bed in front of Kinloch View which needs a gardener.


 Ramp Wild Flower Planting  Star And Garter Planters  Serpentine Bed


Birds and Bees

Our local traders and museum did us proud recently in helping to promote the theme of Birds and Bees in their shop windows and outside their properties. Thank you for helping to support Burgh Beautiful in our recent Keep Scotland Beautiful Competition.

To save space, we've added these pictures as a gallery.  Mouse-over a thumbnail to see the image title.  Click on the navigation links to see more thumbnails.  Click on a thumbnail to see bigger images, with captions, in a "lightbox" pop-up.  Then click in the play icon to see a slideshow.  Click "X" to close the lightbox.

If anyone has any additional photographs then please get in touch and we'll add them to the website.

Hit Squad

From time to time volunteers are required to help out around the town to either help other volunteers who need a bit of extra help, or to target new areas. Dates and locations will be posted here and all you have to do is turn up with your gloves;  tools if you have them; and enthusiasm.

The next hit squads will be -

None planned




Planters at Moray Drive


Wild Flowers at Leisure Centre Ramp


Low Port Bed