Forth and Lanark celebrate Beautiful success

Scotland in Bloom Judging at Castlebank Park, Lanark'L-R'Julia Corden (Beautiful Scotland judge)'Colin Ainsworth, Judge'Sylvia Russell (Chair. Lanark Community Development Trust)'Ernest Romer, Chairman Lanark in Bloom'Picture by Helen Barrington
Scotland in Bloom Judging at Castlebank Park, Lanark'L-R'Julia Corden (Beautiful Scotland judge)'Colin Ainsworth, Judge'Sylvia Russell (Chair. Lanark Community Development Trust)'Ernest Romer, Chairman Lanark in Bloom'Picture by Helen Barrington

OLD rivals Lanark and Forth joined in celebration this week at the news both have taken awards in the annual Beautiful Scotland competition.

Formerly known as Beautiful Scotland in Bloom, this yearly ‘beauty contest’ between the country’s various communities is hotly contested with each town and village sprucing itself up for the annual visit.

Last year Forth put one over Lanark, taking a Silver Award while Lanark managed just a Bronze.

However, this year equality came closer, with Forth receiving a Silver Gilt award and Lanark taking Silver.

Flourishing Forth was pleased with their award.

“We were delighted,” said Ann Anderson. “Silver Gilt is the award above Silver, and I believe the one above that is gold, which we will try for next year.”

“We have a lot of community help,” added Ann.

Organising the Royal Burgh’s entry, Lanark in Bloom’s Ernie Romer said he was well pleased.

“The judges seemed very interested in the projects around the town, including the work to improve Castlebank Park and the Clydesdale Community Initiative’s maintenenace at the Sensory Garden,” he said.

For more details, pick up a copy of the Carluke and Lanark Gazette.