Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow


Train at Station Tub on Edinburgh Platform Train on Edinburgh Platform


 Volunteers Required  Awards  How You Can Help Burgh Beautiful Donate to BB or Sponsor Planting
 Clarendon Base  Committee 2017 Beautiful Scotland Judges' Portfolio Station Banners
 Linlithgow Floral Trails (2.5 Mb PDF)   Beautiful Scotland Presentation (4.5 Mb) Planting Guidance

 Litter Pick at The Vennel


Spring Litter Pick

Transition Linlithgow & Burgh Beautiful Event


Saturday MARCH 24th, 2018



Join us for a 2-hour community clean-up and morning of fun. Supported by West Lothian Council’s Cleaner Communities Team, we will tackle 3 sites to the south west of the town around the Academy, Rugby Club and Xcite Sports Centre.

Please register interest via Neil Barnes (07827 294879 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Litter Pickers at Regent Square



Special ‘Crowdfunding’ Appeal


Canal Basin

Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow is promoting the creation of a new sculptural feature at the Canal Basin in Linlithgow.  The proposal is for a bronze sculpture of a cat, mounted on a granite pedestal, broadly similar in nature to Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh, accompanied by improvements to its setting.  The aims of the project include:

  • enhancing the environment of the Canal Basin, a project started by the Linlithgow Union Canal Society over forty years ago;
  • furthering Burgh Beautiful’s interest in adorning the town with public art;
  • reflecting the artistic, cultural and personal interests and associations of Liz Burrows (a founding Burgh Beautiful member who sadly died a number of years ago and left money in her will for this sort of project - Liz lived by the Union Canal, was an active member of the Linlithgow Union Canal Society and had a much-loved cat called Dudley);
  • encouraging tourism by providing a sculptural feature which will hopefully become one of the ‘sights of Linlithgow’ to visit and be photographed beside.

This is the first time that Burgh Beautiful has attempted ‘Crowdfunding’ and we invite donations towards the cost of the project on-line at the following link: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/canalside-cat-sculpture-and-flowerbed
Any donations received up to £2,000 will be used to complete the financial package required to deliver the art and environmental improvement project; money above that will be devoted to the adjacent floral display over the next three summers.

 Dudley the cat





Gardening Competition

for Young People in Linlithgow

All children, whatever the age, are invited to participate.

Grow something - big or small - in a window box, or pots
or garden - it is up to you. Entry is free.


Coloured Competition Flower Pot


Burgh Beautiful will be at Seed Potato Day
on Saturday 24th February in the Masonic Hall from 10am-12.30pm
if you want to chat.

Or for hints and suggestions look at this website.

If you would like to take part why not.


 - start planning now (click here for seed suggestions)
 - keep a diary or scrap book

 - email the entry form (click here for the entry form)

   to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 16th April 

Judges will visit at the end of August and
Awards made for a range of ages and categories




 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.

Some beds requiring gardeners: five 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 beds near the roundabout at Tesco.
  • 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


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 squad will be -

To be confirmed



Planters at Moray Drive


Wild Flowers at Leisure Centre Ramp


Low Port Bed