Craig Hoy, a Conservative MSP for South Scotland, has put forward a motion for the Scottish Parliament to recognise the efforts of six “In Bloom” groups from East Lothian who won at the Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards.
Submitting the motion, Craig said: “I would like to thank all of the hard-working volunteers from across East Lothian who continue to dedicate their time to keep this county in bloom. East Lothian is a beautiful place with many vibrant high streets and a strong community atmosphere.
“These awards are really something for all of us to take pride in, and especially the hard-working volunteers who spend hours every day taking care our county’s environment and keeping our communities in bloom.”
The Motion text, which has been presented to Parliament, reads: “That the Parliament notes that six ‘In Bloom’ groups from East Lothian have been recognised by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, at a virtual Beautiful Scotland celebration and award ceremony;
“Understands that almost 50 entrants, from 17 local authority areas, were congratulated for their efforts to support and enhance their local communities, for the climate and for nature, at the online event;
“Further understands that of the six entrants from East Lothian, Dunbar in Bloom and The Blooming Belters from Tranent, decided to enter a new non-judged category and received a Certificate of Recognition, while four entrants felt able to enter the competition and received the following awards; Gifford Community – Gold; North Berwick in Bloom – Gold; Blooming Haddington – Gold and Aberlady in Bloom – Silver Gilt;
“Recognises that thirteen discretionary awards were also up for grabs and two were won by East Lothian one Gifford Community scooped the New Entrant Award, and in addition, East Lothian Council took home the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Award, which is given the local authority that demonstrates the highest standard of horticulture in public open spaces.
“Thanks all the entrants and all the volunteers who are doing their bit to keep our communities beautiful and help out environment despite the challenging times we are in.”