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
Following the visit of the judges for the Britain in Bloom competition, we must now wait to hear if Linlithgow has been successful. The result will be announced on 10th October.
A message from Ron Smith, Convenor, Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow:
Massive thanks go to:
• everyone who helped with the judges' tour
• everyone who beavered away behind the scenes to get the town prepared for judging, Tam Smith in particular
• West Lothian Council staff for complementing the volunteers’ efforts to tidy up the town
• all the members of our Competitions Working Group
• Susan Bundock and her team for organising the catering – what an impressive spread!
• Linlithgow Reed Band for their excellent recital at The Cross
• our many volunteers who, year in and year out, plant and maintain our lovely floral displays as well as to those who undertake our environmental projects
• everyone who has sponsored our displays, organised fund-raising or helped in any way financially
• Ian Gibson for his support in so many ways and Alan Agnew for all the work he does
• and finally, of course, our judges.
What's been happening recently
Cycling Without Age Scotland (CWAS)
CWAS Linlithgow has been taking people around some of the Burgh Beautiful beds in their fabulous trishaws. This was a free service but any donations given, are to be donated to Burgh Beautiful. Thanks CWAS.
The aim of CWAS is to enhance and enrich lives by giving passengers access to the beautiful outdoors through trishaw rides, access which is denied to so many people simply because of age or limited mobility.
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. A text to the number is preferable as the phone is not continually monitored, but a message can be left if phoning and someone will get back to you.
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.