Low Port Pupils Help to Create
Wild Flower Garden
Learmonth Wild Garden – behind the Doocot
In October 2017, in conjunction with Buglife and Burgh Beautiful, 27 (P4) and 19 (P5) pupils from Linlithgow’s Low Port Primary planted about 500 wildflowers plugs. These were put in the two sections immediately below the Doocot, to the left and right of the steps.
They included the following species:
Ox-eye Daisy, Lady’s Bedstraw, Common Knapweed, Red Campion, Field Scabious, Foxglove, Meadow Cranesbill, Self Heal, Meadow Vetchling, Bird’s-foot-trefoil, Red Clover and Wild Carrot.
In May 2018 a substantial number were identified as having grown successfully. These included Honesty (purple), Cow Parsley, Ox-eye Daisy, Self Heal and Ground Elder in the furthest south west corner. Alas, later in the month this planted area was inadvertently mown hard and little was left obvious.
In the lower section towards the railway line the following were left unscathed:
Buttercups, St John’s Wort, Bluebell, Foxglove, Yarrow, Cranesbill, Red Campion, Pignut, Knapweed, Meadow Sweet, Thistle and less desirable: Bramble, Nettle, Dock, Rosebay Willowherb and Dandelion.
Undeterred by the unfortunate mowing incident, on the 4th of June the children return to try and restore some flowers by planting up the north-east section, once a number of Buttercups and Dock were removed. The plants used were generously donated by Torwood Garden Centre, Bellsdyke Road, Larbert FK5 4EG.
These included: Lady’s Bedstraw, Salad Burnett, Field Scabious, Teasel, Red Campion, Common Sorrel, Common Knapweed and Greater Knapweed.
Thank you to the Low Port pupils, teachers and helpers on the day and to Torwood Garden Centre for making it all possible. Go along to Learmonth Park to see the fabulous wild flower garden that the pupils created.
Here are some photographs of the enthusiastic helpers from Low Port Primary School -
....and here is the new sign to help protect the wild flowers from not only feet, but mowers -
Linlithgow to compete in
Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2018
Following our success in last year’s Beautiful Scotland competition, where we gained a ‘Gold’ award and won the ‘Best Medium Town’ category, Linlithgow has been selected as one of five places representing Scotland in the UK Britain in Bloom finals this year, along with Aberdeen, Perth, East Haven (in Angus) and the Falkirk Town Centre Business Improvement District.
We are competing in the ‘town’ category against the eight English communities of Amersham, City of London, Immingham, Morpeth, Tewkesbury, Thornbury, Ulverston and Wimborne (all of which benefit from the assistance of their own local Town Councils and are effectively Council Tax-funded). Looking positively, that will make our entry stand out, given that all Linlithgow’s floral displays, formerly financed and maintained in part by West Lothian Council, are now, thanks to Council cutbacks, entirely a community responsibility, as recognised by last year’s ‘Overcoming Adversity’ award from Beautiful Scotland.
There is all to play for if we all, as a community, work together. Already, Burgh Beautiful’s Competitions Working Group, consisting of Averil Stewart, Jean Aitken, Susan Bundock and Ron Smith, is planning ahead with consideration of what needs to be done to impress the judges, whether on the ground or by ‘selling ourselves’ through the necessary portfolio and judges’ presentation and tour. In practical terms, this has already led to volunteers sweeping accumulations of dead leaves to allow better grass growth and cut down the amount of work to be addressed later.
Floral Trails Around Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge - New Leaflet Available
For some of the loveliest walks around Linlithgow you can now download the latest Floral Trails booklet or pick one up at various locations around the town.
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 this page.
Linlithgow wins Gold
Medium Town Winner's Bowl
Overcoming Adversity Award
Linlithgow has won:
- The ‘Gold’ award, one of three awarded in the ‘Medium Town’ category – the other Gold awards in the category went to Cupar and Haddington.
- 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!
- 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.