About Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow
Anyone can come along and help out with the activities. We would love to see new faces as well as the familiar faces.
What's been happening recently?
This was a great success with the local community popping in for tea and cakes and to view the various stalls. Follow the link to see photographs of the day, including the sunflower competition.
In challenging conditions, due to the inability to use the drive to Clarendon House because of the building work, the plant delivery and the making up of the orders went surprisingly smoothly. Thanks to everyone who helped out.
Planting Winter Flowers
Everyone has now planted up their beds, planters and hanging baskets for the winter in order to cheer us all up when the weather is awful and to make the town look lovely.
Emptying Summer Hanging Baskets
The summer hanging baskets have now all been emptied ready for their next use. Thanks to all of the volunteers who turned up on the day.
What is coming up next for Burgh Beautiful?
Burgh Beautiful has some fund-raising and volunteering opportunities coming up in November and would really appreciate some help with either collecting holly; making holly balls and wreaths; helping out at the Christmas Fair; delivering holly balls and wreaths; or buying Burgh Beautiful merchandise (including holly balls, wreaths, raffle tickets and cards) at the Christmas Fair.
Collecting Holly from 16th November until 23rd November
We need lots and lots of holly as each ball uses rather a lot. We require both green holly and variegated holly for each holly ball.
When you are picking green holly, make sure that it is 'spiky'. Variegated holly can be spiky or rounded - it looks ok either way in the holly balls. Please pick the holly sprigs 5 - 6 inches (12 - 15 cm) in length. If they are too short then we cannot use them, and if too long it is extra work to trim them down. It is only the growing tips of the holly which we need for the sprigs. Unfortunately, we cannot use stems which are cut at both ends.
We also need the holly to be fresh to last the Christmas season - so please can the holly be picked anytime from Saturday 16th November onwards, and brought to the Clarendon base on the morning of Saturday 23rd November. We really are counting on everyone to bring in as much holly as possible! Holly of either sort with berries will be perfect for making some beautiful Christmas wreaths.
Holly Ball Making at Clarendon Base on Saturday 23rd November from 9.30am
You will need to bring fairly stout gloves to withstand the holly spikes, and to protect your fingers when working with floristry wire. It can also get a bit chilly in the Clarendon sheds, so warm clothing is essential, and wear a Christmas sweater if you want to. We will have heating on throughout the event to keep you comfortable and in good cheer. 'But I'm no good at making things !!' Do not worry. We need everyone's help, and there is something for everyone to do.
Distributing the holly balls to customers
Distributing the Christmas wreaths to customers
The Christmas wreaths will be made during the week beginning Saturday 7th December 2019, to remain fresh throughout the Christmas season, and will be available from that date.
Buying a Holly Ball or Christmas Wreath
The holly balls are 48cm in diameter and are priced at £33.
The Christmas wreaths will be approximately 35cm in diameter, made with green and variegated holly and decorations on a base of natural vine rings, and finished with ribbon. They are priced at £25.
Town Advent Fair at the Cross on Saturday 30th November
Come along and support Burgh Beautiful and the other town organisations and traders at the Advent Fair at the Cross and inside the Burgh Halls.
Tree Planting at Triangle Wood near the Leisure Centre on Sunday 1st December
Come along and help the local community to plant trees to help the environment and the wildlife.