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
Painting For Sale
Elaine Woo MacGregor lives in Linlithgow and works in Glasgow and Edinburgh. She is a professional artist having trained at the Glasgow School of Art and on graduation acquired a studio. Her work has been recognised by virtue of a number of awards. She has been teaching at the Glasgow School of Art since 2008 and the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Strathclyde University since 2009. In 2019 she founded Linlithgow Art School, specialising in drawing and painting classes for both children and adults. You may find out more about Elaine and her work at https://www.elainewoomacgregor.com/
Elaine is a lover of flowers and has long admired the planting carried out by Burgh Beautiful. She generously offered to execute three paintings using Burgh Beautiful plants as her inspiration with half the proceeds going to Burgh Beautiful.
The last of the three pictures she created, 'Portrait of Red Flax' is still available for sale at £100, unframed. It is acrylic on panel, size 18 x 12.5.
What's been happening recently and what is planned?
Burgh Beautiful was able to take forward most of its planting last summer, and it is planned that the usual floral displays will be provided for the summer of 2021. The hanging baskets will be planted up shortly, in preparation for hanging at the end of May, just before all the summer bedding is planted into planters and beds throughout the town. We hope that you enjoy them to the full.
Look out for our 2020 edition of Floral Trails, a free publication available in key locations in the town, which leads you through the various planted areas for which Burgh Beautiful cares.
New and Improved Permanent Planting
The planting of a new herbaceous bed by the 'Black Bitch' statue was completed last summer. If you would like to find out what plants were used, please click here. We have also revamped the beds at Low Port in connection with the installation of the new St Michael sculpture and are about to give the beds next to the Low Port roundabout a thorough 'makeover'.
We have entered the Beautiful Scotland competition for 2021 and are currently planning all the preparations. Fingers crossed for a good resuit this year!