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!
Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow and
Linlithgow Community Development Trust
invite you to Sponsor Trees at £5.00 each
in Triangle Wood, Linlithgow
Where is Triangle Wood?
National Grid Ref: NS 980 761
Triangle Wood and its extension run eastwards in current grassland bounded by the Union Canal and A706, west of the Leisure Centre at Kettilstoun. Linlithgow Community Development Trust has an ambitious plan to develop a Cycle Circuit and wider sports facility for which over £500,000 has already been raised.
Why have trees been planted?
Trees are vital to help combat climate change and compensate for deforestation and urban growth. The focus is on native trees: Willow, Alder, Hazel, Rowan, Birch and Hawthorn with a few other native species: Oak, Ash, Scots Pine and the occasional Sycamore. They will eventually provide a shelter belt while opening up a network of paths and adding to diversity of habitats for wildlife.
Who is involved?
West Lothian Council owns the land. Linlithgow Community Development Trust will be leaseholders. Over the past 2 years, the Woodland Trust has contributed over 840 trees with canes and guards. Along with other donations, Burgh Beautiful volunteers and community involvement have planted almost 1000 native trees.
If you'd like to sponsor any number of trees then please click here for an on-line tree sponsorship form. A certificate will acknowledge the number of trees sponsored
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.
What's been happening recently and what is planned?
It hardly needs me to say what a dry and hot summer we have had. The impact on Burgh Beautiful is the amount of watering of bedding plants which has been necessary. if you have been around the town of an evening you may well have seen Alan Agnew who waters our hanging baskets and who has been kept very busy keeping the baskets well irrigated. However, there is no doubt that the work of our members, and Alan, has proved very successful with colourful displays in many parts of the town. Our team of volunteers has been augmented by a group from Calnex, a company on the Oracle campus who have helped on the Serpentine bed and from Duke of Edinburgh Award students who have nobly carried out a variety of work with enthusiasm and commitment.
The autumn plants have now arrived and been planted up. The autumn baskets have been planted and hung up on the High Street. Clarendon, our base, has been a challenging location this summer with its water source having been cut making running Clarendon very onerous for Kathy Lindsay and Shirley Smith and the temporary fence between us and the building work at the lodge looking very precarious. However, things are gradually being resolved with a water supply having been reconnected courtesy of our easterly neighbour Finlay Erskine from his own supply. On the subject of plant deliveries, we are losing our plant delivery organiser, Anne Wheatley, who has decided to resign from that role. We lose her with much regret as she has been a pleasure to have as a colleague and a wonderful organiser of plant deliveries. We are lucky enough to have a replacement and are currently looking for a partner for that replacement.
With Covid still casting its shadow, having events has proved very difficult. We did manage a plant sale at the beginning of June, organised by Diana Marchant. It was a resounding success, raising around £1700 and letting people mix with fellow gardeners. However, fund raising is a constant concern. Black Bitch cards (pack for 4 for £3.50) are on sale in the Post Office and all the money comes back to Burgh Beautiful. Sponsorship of trees at Triangle Wood also continues to bring in modest sums. (£5.00 / tree). Why not think of giving sponsorships for Christmas? https://lbt.scot/sptrees/view/form