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..


Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow and
Linlithgow Community Development Trust
invite you to Sponsor Trees at £5.00 each
in Triangle Wood, Linlithgow

Triangle Wood Tree Planting Area

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.

On-line Sponsorship Form

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

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Volunteers Preparing for Tree Planting at Triangle Wood


Beautiful Scotland 2021 Awards

 Beautiful Scotland Judging Day 2021


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.

Beautiful Scotland Gold Winner 2021
Visit Scotland Award for Tourism 2021
Community Horticulture Award 2021

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

Our various groups within Burgh Beautiful have been busy with plans and activities. The Vennel bed group aims to be topical. For the autumn, their summer theme of flowers which attract pollinators makes way for a design with an energy saving theme, to link with COP26. The Environmental Working Group always has lots happening. They are planning to plant a Holm Oak at Rosemount to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee. In addition, the group has met at Doomsdale and put up eleven bird boxes, which had been made for Burgh Beautiful by Polmont Young Offenders Institute; three will also go to Rosemount. There was the removal of growth from the wild flower bed at the ramp behind the sports centre in September. They have further tree planting planned at the Triangle Wood on 28th November. Mel Oxbrow runs Online Publicity where Facebook and Instagram generate a lot of interest from the public due to the pictures and comments made available. The Planting Group has been working on its order for next spring from Pentland Plants. The draft order was submitted to BB members for comments so that changes could be made to reflect individual preferences and the final order submitted to Pentland. The Planting Group is contemplating arranging to bring on some plants which we have difficulty in sourcing from Pentland Plants. We need people with warm greenhouses or window sills to bring on seedlings next spring. If you can offer such a facility, please contact Jean Long at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Planters at the Burgh Halls Serpentine Bed 2021 One of the beds at Learmonth Gardens
Volunteers Installing Bird Boxes at Doomsdale 



Volunteer Maintaining the Vennel Planters
Falkirk Road Planters 


 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.