So blooming great as Uddingston lands Britain In Bloom award

Uddingston Pride secretary Sandy Robertson (left) and chairperson Liz Wilson receive the Silver Gilt Award from BBC Radio gardening presenter Bob Flowerdew.
Uddingston Pride secretary Sandy Robertson (left) and chairperson Liz Wilson receive the Silver Gilt Award from BBC Radio gardening presenter Bob Flowerdew.

Uddingston has landed yet another top environmenal accolade after scooping a prize in this year’s Britain In Bloom awards.

The village added to its lengthy list of successes when it was given the Silver Gilt Award by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Representatives of Uddingston Pride - the group which spearheads the village’s efforts - received the prize in the urban community category at the RHS’s annual Britain In Bloom award ceremony and dinner held in Cleethorpes.

Uddingston usually competes in the Beautiful Scotland and Britain In Bloom awards in alternate years and it is the second time that Silver Gilt status in the British awards has been achieved.

But rather than resting on their laurels, the group are determined to renew efforts to strike gold next time round.

And during their time at the awards - hosted by the RHS, North East Lincolnshire Council and the Cleethorpes in Bloom group - the Uddingston members attending had the opportunity to meet the judges and what is needed to qualify for the elusive Gold Standard.

Uddingston Pride member Alex Stephen said: “We were delighted to receive the Silver Gilt again - we also won it two years ago - and the judges were very complimentary about our work.

“It’s a great reward for the hard work everyone puts in but while we are delighted you can always improve and we will still be striving to achieve that Gold award.

“It was good to speak to the judges and get their advice on what we can do.

“The focus is very much on sustainable planting - making sure that projects can benefit the environment over a period of time rather than just for one particular year - and that very much ties in with our own thoughts.”