Galashiels blooms for Beautiful Scotland judges

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This year’s Beautiful Scotland competition has attracted 55 entries and last Thursday it was the turn of Galashiels to be visited by the judges.

Entries are assessed on three criteria – horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community involvement.

There was a presentation at Old Gala House by Murray Dickson of the Old Gala Club who highlighted works carried out by community groups over the last 12 months. The judges then made a tour of the town before meeting Scottish Borders Council officers at Langlee Recycle Centre. A visit was then made to Langlee where Judith Cleghorn, chairperson of Gala in Bloom, showed the judges the new children’s playground, community garden and community orchard.

The results of the national competition will not be known until they are announced on September 6 at a ceremony to be held in Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom.

Pictured at Old Gala House are, from left, judges Colin Ainsworth and Julia Carden, Johnny Gray (Gala in Bloom), Judith Cleghorn and Murray Dickson.