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Dudley the Cat 2018 Britain in Bloom Slide Presentation (27 Mb PDF) Children's Gardening Competition


Saturday 29th September 

10am to 1pm

at the Kirk Hall, Cross House


Come along to Burgh Beautiful's Autumn Fair at Cross House next Saturday.

Join us for coffee and cake, and meet the volunteers to find out how we work - and hopefully join us!

We'll have plants, bulbs and calendars for sale, the Britain in Bloom presentation, and the results of the Children's Gardening Competition.



Health Centre bed



Spar Bed in Springfield


Clearing Back Summer Vegetation at

Cycle Ramp - Linlithgow Leisure Centre

Family-Friendly Event

 Friday 28 September 2 - 4pm


Cycle Ramp Volunteers


Come and join us. Help to make the area tidy for the winter and beautiful in the summer.

It is advisable to wear sensible shoes and please bring garden gloves.

Hope to see you there.




Bed at end of St. Ninian's Road Doocot Low Port Beds



Britain in Bloom Competition 



I think that the judges’ tour went well today – everything seemed to go reasonably smoothly – so my sincere and grateful thanks go to absolutely everyone to helped make the town look so good for the judges – even the weather behaved itself!

An unprecedented number of Burgh Beautiful members and others in the community rose to the challenge of cleaning up the town to make it presentable to the judges.  At times, it seemed that people were scraping and sweeping the streets everywhere and it will be difficult for me to resist the temptation to continue to pull every street weed that I see from now on!  A really huge thanks to everyone who beavered away at this, particularly stalwarts like Allan Johnston, Allan Scott, Margaret Harrison and Dougie Lynch, and many others too numerous to mention.  Also many thanks to Community Payback and the several volunteers who painted street furniture and removed yet more weeds!  And of course to all the Council staff who made a valued contribution.

But our main raison d’etre is to beautify the town, and I must warmly congratulate all who have worked tirelessly to present such wonderful floral displays this year – all giving much pleasure to residents and visitors as well as, hopefully, the judges.  Thanks also to everybody on our Working Groups and to those who have contributed to our special projects such as the Dudley cat statue, the Boghall border and the World War I bed, and to those who so willingly helped with upgrading several aspects of our existing displays.  Those who have been working on our wildflower meadows, woodland areas and with young people and local businesses all have to receive our praise, as do those who maintain our base at Clarendon, organise publicity and raise all the necessary funds to make it all happen – and of course all our greatly-valued sponsors and donors - and everybody I haven’t mentioned!

Special thanks have to go to my colleagues in Burgh Beautiful’s ‘Competitions Working Group’ who helped coordinate all the activities related to the Britain in Bloom entry – a huge task for which I am very grateful.  And appreciation must go to Dianne and her team for organising the after-judging lunch so efficiently.  At the lunch, we thanked our judges, Mel Henley and Jon Wheatley, for showing such an interest in what we do, hoping that they enjoyed their visit to Linlithgow and that both will have a safe journey home later today.

The results will be announced at a ceremony in Belfast on 19 October where we will be represented by Marj Lochtie and Chris and Margaret Gunstone.  So our fingers will have to be crossed for quite a long time!

In the meantime, John Richardson of Party at the Palace has offered all who helped as above the opportunity to take a free trip on the big wheel tomorrow (Friday) evening.  If you are interested, please call at the box office near the main entrance at Bonnytoun Farm Road after 4.30pm and ask for a gold wrist band.

And, finally on another note, a date has how been confirmed for the official unveiling of ‘Dudley’, Burgh Beautiful’s cat sculpture at the Canal Basin.  Dudley will be unveiled by Fiona Hyslop MSP on Monday, 3 September at 10.30am.

My best wishes and thanks once again to all

Ron Smith

Convenor, Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow


 Learmonth Gardens  Planters outside the Star and Garter  The Vennel



 Burgh Beautiful Volunteers and Britain in Bloom Judges  Judges at the Cross  Reed Band at the Cross



Britain in Bloom Judging Day - 9 August

...and the Band played on!


The sun shone.  Linlithgow sparkled with beautiful floral displays and smart streets. The Judges, Jon Wheatley and Mel Henley, took so much interest in what they saw and whom they met that the tight schedule slipped and the Linlithgow Reed Band played on! The assembled community at the Cross, including children who have entered the Gardening Competition, were kept entertained. “They gave a rousing (and patient) performance” says one on-looker.

The Judges and Tour team arrived, photos were taken, the Judges were impressed and everyone left happy.  A very big thank you from Burgh Beautiful to all concerned who made the day so successful.  


Audrey Simpson's Community Garden Eileen Murray's Community Garden Hopetoun Bed

Transition Linlithgow Bed