AT their awards ceremony this afternoon, Beautiful Scotland awarded Stonehaven a Silver Gilt certificate for our entry in the Coastal Town category.
And a special discretionary award was made to the recently renovated Burns Memorial Garden – which will now need a plaque celebrating it as the Beautiful Scotland winner 2021 of the Haddington 700 Award.
The judges were clearly impressed with Stonehaven’s efforts.
In their comment sheet they state: ”This is a very high Silver Gilt, very close to Gold, from a new entrant which has hit the ground running and promises a bright future.”
The Burns Garden was joined by our community orchard and Phil Carr’s ”stunning herbaceous perennial planting” at the boardwalk as being horticultural highlights of their tour.
The Men’s Shed were noted for: ”members’ enjoyment of, and pride in their repair and maintenance projects.”
And Karen Donoghue and George Reid’s wildflower garden together with Pat’s Patch was described as a ‘little jewel at the harbour’.
Meanwhile it would appear Stonehaven has won its war on weeds. The judges state: ”The efforts of the local comunity to remove weed growth from footpaths and sides of roadways is exemplary.”
We are Gold!
There were three sections in the marking – Horiticulture, Environment and Community. Stonehaven scored Silver Gilt in the first two.
But the contribution of so many of the town’s groups to the entry did not go unnoticed by the judges, who awarded Stonehaven Gold in the community section.
To have Stoneahaven looking its best for the judges, Horizon members were joined by those of The Burns Fatherland Club, the Lions Club, Stonehaven Town Partnership, the Fireballs Associaiton, Stonehaven RNLI, the Rotary Club, the Mens Shed and the Friends of the Open Air Pool.
The award-winning Burns Memorial Garden
The Haddington 700 Award is presented to the entrant that has developed or resorted a feature that celebrates local history or community traditions through horticulture.
Horizon and the Burns Fatherland Club collaborated in the recent renovation of the garden. Work included the ‘outstanding’ replanting of the heather bed surrounding the bust of Burns and installing a vintage plough together with ornamental barley plants and a painted mouse.
And QR codes now lead visitors to renditions of Burns’ poems and songs to enjoy.
Horizon Group convenor John Cruickshank said: ”I’m delighted for Allan Cairnduff and Douglas Samways who spear-headed the presentation of the Burns Garden. This was a great effort and a fantastic result.
”Clearly we’d have like to have won a Gold overall for Stonehaven – there’s always next year. Our community spirit and energy did shine though and I’m looking forward to celebrating with all those who participated tomorrow at a barbecue laid on by the Lions.”
Previously in The Bellman