Beautiful Scotland judging

Stonehaven Horizon Project is preparing the town to be judged, in August, in the prestigious Beautiful Scotland competition.

Highly experienced judges will be travelling the length and breadth of Scotland, from the 1st to the 19th of August, to discover which communities have been most successful in improving the attractiveness, cleanliness and sustainability of their town, city or village.

During the two and a half hour judging the town will be assessed on many different aspects eg Floral displays, when they will look at the design and quality of all the horticultural features as well as the standards of maintenance.

They will also look at sustainable development of the planting and biodiversity initiatives such a projects to conserve energy, protect wildlife and their habitats as well as the minimising of carbon emissions and waste by recycling and composting. The Beautiful Scotland campaign is also assessing the involvement of the community in keeping their environment clean and free from litter, weeds and dog fouling. As well as observing how much effort the community makes towards floral enhancement of businesses and households.

The winning communities will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Rothesay on the 12th September. The overall winner will receive the sought after Rosebowl Trophy and there are also discretionary awards for outstanding performance in a specific area.

Rosemary Clark, Convenor of the Horizon Project, said that she is very confident that Stonehaven can compete with the best towns in Scotland and knows that the keen Horizon members will do all they can to work for another Gold Medal to match our award in 2009.

“Aberdeenshire Council also input huge efforts towards a successful outcome, as do the local businesses in the way of sponsoring the floral baskets and planters. We are all excited about our judging day on August the 19th and are hoping the weather is kind to us. You can help us by keeping the town tidy and clean and perhaps also treat yourself to some flowers for your front door or garden. The more colourful the town appears the better are our chances of creating a great first impression.”