Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow

 

About Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow

 

Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow aims to enhance the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow's historic environment through its horticultural, environmental and community activities, encouraging civic pride and making the town more attractive to visitors.  We take a ‘whole town’ approach, not just focussing on the town centre, and provide most of its floral displays throughout the year.

Since the local authority (West Lothian Council) withdrew all its funding for seasonal planting in 2015, Burgh Beautiful has adopted all the former Council displays (with some amendments to the balance of planting).  This was achieved thanks to wonderful financial and voluntary support from local individuals, groups and businesses, even taking responsibility for ‘high amenity’ grass cutting where required for the setting of our displays - greatly valued assistance which still continues.

Burgh Beautiful's volunteers, along with community partners, now maintain 124 hanging baskets, 98 planters/barrels and 35 flowerbeds.  In addition, the work of our community gardeners in the town centre is particularly impressive.  Complementary activities, some by other parts of the Linlithgow Burgh Trust, include the encouragement of wildlife and wildflowers, promotion of sustainable materials such as peat-free compost, anti-litter initiatives, heritage interpretation and events, working with schools, tourism promotion, public art, tree planting and fund-raising events.

We have regular seasonal activities throughout the year, mostly concerned with planting.  Summer is the busiest time!  We have summer plants in the beds, tubs and hanging baskets in time for the Marches, with our Plant Sale at the beginning of June and usually an Autumn Fair at the end of September.  In winter, we make wreaths in time for Christmas, and have stalls at Linlithgow's Advent Fayre.  Spring is the usual time for most of the litter picks.

Have a look at the bottom of this page for the latest on what is planned for the coming months!

Anyone can come along and help out with the activities. We would love to see new faces as well as the familiar faces.  If you would like to join our merry band of volunteers, or if you would like to sponsor our floral displays, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Gold Award in the RHS Britain in Bloom 2022 'Town' Category

 

We are delighted to report that Linlithgow has been awarded a 'Gold' medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in the 2022 Britain in Bloom UK finals.

Not only that, but we came a close second to Amersham who won the 'Town' category and, given that Amersham also won two of the four judges' discretionary awards available and then went on to win the overall prize for the best UK entry, Our convenor Ron Smith thinks that we did pretty well all told!

This was followed by a judges' 'surgery' at which the high quality of our entry was kindly commended and useful information was given about how our entry could have been improved.

A massive credit to absolutely everybody in Burgh Beautiful and all in the wider community who have worked so hard to make Linlithgow so beautiful, not only for the judges but to give pleasure to all our townspeople and visitors, all year round.

 Linlithgow representatives  receiving their gold award in the Britian in Bloom 2022 Town category
 Linlithgow representatives  receiving their gold award in the Britian in Bloom 2022 Town category
 Burgh Beautiful representatives with their gold award
 

 

 

What's coming up soon

 

Plant Delivery

The second delivery of autumn/winter plants for the beds and planters will be happening on 27th October. The spring/summer plants are now starting to fade and will soon be replaced by the new plants to keep the town looking colourful through the winter.

 

What's been happening recently

 

Planting Up of Hanging Baskets

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to empty the hanging baskets; those who filled them with new compost; those who filled them with the plants to keep the town looking good through the autumn and winter; and those who will replace the old baskets with the new ones around the town.

 

Hanging baskets filled and ready for hanging around town 

Cycling Without Age Scotland (CWAS)

CWAS Linlithgow has been taking people around some of the Burgh Beautiful beds in their fabulous trishaws. This was a free service but any donations given, are to be donated to Burgh Beautiful. Thanks CWAS.

The aim of CWAS is to enhance and enrich lives by giving passengers access to the beautiful outdoors through trishaw rides, access which is denied to so many people simply because of age or limited mobility.

For more information CWAS can be found at https://cyclingwithoutage.scot/ and the local Linlithgow volunteers can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Cycling-Without-Age-Scotland-Linlithgow-109763881476835/.

If you would like to book a trip in a Linlithgow trishaw then contact them on 07835938469. A text to the number is preferable as the phone is not continually monitored, but a message can be left if phoning and someone will get back to you.

 

 Trishaw with residents of Brae Court
 Trishaw with happy passengers
 Trishaw near the loch
 

 

Trees, Trees Beautiful Trees

For an update on what has been happening at Rosemount Park and Triangle Community Wood, including a list of the tree types in the park click here.

   

If you are interested in getting involved in any Burgh Beautiful activities, including administrative tasks if you are not particularly 'green fingered', please contact Jean Long (Tel 01506 843461 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We look forward to your support in whatever way you would like to contribute.