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!
What's coming up soon
Britain in Bloom
Judging for the Britain in Bloom competition will take place on Friday 29th July so we hope that all volunteers will have their beds and planters looking at their best. Thank you in advance for all your hard work.
Cycling Without Age Scotland (CWAS)
CWAS Linlithgow will be taking Linlithgow care home residents around some of the Burgh Beautiful beds in their fabulous trishaws (dates to be confirmed but probably early August). This is a fabulous addition to the town which can be booked to take people who are less able to walk, around the town, either on their own or accompanied by a friend. All that they ask is that you consider giving them a donation.
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.
What's been happening recently
A huge thank you to all of the gardeners who opened their gardens to the public for the Inviting Gardens weekend. There were a variety of garden sizes and types - all beautiful and full of ideas for the visitors to take back to their own gardens. Some of the gardens also put on refreshments including delicious home baking and tablet.
Click here for photographs of the gardens.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who provided plants for the sale; those who helped on the day to set up, sell the plants and dismantle the stall; and to those who came along to buy the plants. Due to the efforts of all concerned, this was a successful fundraiser for Burgh Beautiful.
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.
Planting Up the Serpentine Bed
Thanks to the volunteers who helped the Serpentine Bed's regular volunteers to plant up the bed.
Beautiful Scotland 2021 Awards
We are very pleased to have achieved 'Gold' in the 'Medium Town' category plus winning the 'Visit Scotland Award for Tourism', which recognises best practice in the promotion of tourism - in our case taking account of such projects as our 'Floral Trails' booklet and our civic heritage sculptures of the 'Black Bitch' and St. Michael, not to mention Dudley of course! We also received a Community Horticulture Award, recognising in particular the superb quality of Audrey Simpson's community garden at the West Port flats, described by the judges as 'faultless'.
See the Competitions tab for more details.