On Saturday 24th March a litter pick was carried out by a team of 40+ volunteers. The middle photograph above shows the type of problem encountered by the teams.
Overall, 90 bags were filled with rubbish for WLC to take away. One group (right hand photograph above) filled 21 bags from a 100m path (shown in the photographs below). The path cleared, runs from Falkirk Road to Mains Road near the railway bridge and is called "The Lie".
Well done to all of the volunteers for making the town look great.
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.
Special ‘Crowdfunding’ Appeal
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.
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.
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)
Judges will visit at the end of August and
Awards made for a range of ages and categories
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'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.
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.
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 -
Friday 20th April from 2pm-4pm
at the Cycle Ramp at Linlithgow Leisure Centre
for plug planting and seed scattering