Pictured above: volunteers with the RHS judges in Riverside Park, 30 July 2019
On this page you will find information about our Local Awards Scheme, and the National and International Awards we have won since 1990.
Perth is the Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions 2019! We are so proud that the dedication and hard work of all our volunteers and partners has been recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges, who visited our Fair City at the end of July to see our displays and projects, and meet some of the many people who help us make Perth such a beautiful place to live, work and visit. At the Britain in Bloom Awards ceremony in London on Friday 25 October, we picked up a Gold Medal and the judges' discretionary Award for Parks and Green Spaces for Riverside Park. Then, in what the judges described as one of the most competitive Championship categories in recent years, our competitors Durham, Castlecaulfield, Kingsbridge and St Helier all won Gold medals too. After a nerve-wracking wait, the announcement came - Perth had come out top, and was crowned 2019 Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions, making our Fair City the best 'blooming' community in the whole of the UK! You can read about our experience of entering (and winning!) in a Blog we did for Keep Scotland Beautiful's website
RHS Judges Roger Burnett and Jon Wheatley commended Perth's entry, which was led by our Beautiful Perth volunteers working closely with Perth & Kinross Council's Community Greenspace team. They said we ticked every box across the Horticulture, Environment and Community elements of the judging criteria, demonstrating "a fantastic range of high-quality horticulture, environmental initiatives and community engagement on a city-wide scale".
Photos from the 2019 Britain in Bloom Awards ceremony in London on 25 October are on our Flickr site. When the judges arrived on 25 July we showed them a nine-minute video about how our charity got started, and how partnerships with people and groups across Perth are the key to our success; you can view that video here. We also made a short video with the highlights of the judges' tour of Perth - view it here. We have produced a special souvenir edition of the Portfolio we submitted to the judges, to celebrate our success in becoming the Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions. You can view it here (to view the document in larger size, click the Fullscreen icon on the right under the doc). The Portfolio showcases the wide range of work undertaken by our volunteers, partners and supporters to make Perth a beautiful place to live, work and visit. Thank you to the brilliant Ian Potter of LightPress Media and Design for making the videos and designing the Portfolio for us.
We run the annual Beautiful Perth Awards, with categories for residents, businesses and community projects in the Fair City. Entries for the 2019 Awards are now welcome - click here to learn how to enter.
The 2017 Awards saw certicates and trophies presnted to entrants whose floral displays, gardens and projects helped improve our local environment and quality of life. The 2017 Category Winners were Care Homes: Kincarrathie House; Hotels: Parklands; Pubs & Clubs: The Sandeman; Commercial Premises: People with a Mission Ministries; B&B/Guest Houses: Woodlea Guest House; It's Your Neighbourhood project: Perth Station Garden; Nursery/Primary School: Letham PS; School: Fairview; Senior Citizen's Front Garden: Ricky Martin; Annual Bedding: James Lister; Residential Front Garden: Keith Robinson; Endeavour Award: Perth Station Garden; Best Overall Garden: James Lister; Gannochy Garden Award: Mr & Mrs Pennycook; Gannochy Patio Garden Award: Catherine Robertson. Provost Dennis Melloy presented the certificates and trophies to the Beautiful Perth Award winners, and Gannochy Trust Chairman Dr James Kynaston made the presentations for the Gannochy Trust Awards.
The awards are based on the Royal Horticultural Society’s system of giving bronze, silver, silver gilt and gold awards to reflect different levels of achievement, and certificates are awarded to all successful entrants. The winner of each category also receives a trophy, and there two special Awards – the Endeavour trophy for the entry judged to have made the greatest community impact, and the Rosebowl for best overall garden. Beautiful Perth judges also help assess the Gannochy Trust 2017 Gannochy Garden Awards.
The category winners are pictured below at the Awards Ceremony, with Provost Melloy of Perth & Kniross Council and our Chairman John Summers. A gallery of photographs from the Awards Ceremony can be found on our Flickr site.
We enter Perth into national and international competitions such as Beautiful Scotland and Britain in Bloom. We're very proud that we have been winning national and international 'in Bloom' and other Awards for Perth for nearly 30 years. Recent Awards include: 2019 RHS Britain in Bloom Awards Gold Medal, Parks & Green Spaces Award for Riverside Park, and the Champion of Champions Award. 2018 RHS Britain in Bloom Awards - Gold Medal, Category Winner, Parks & Green Spaces Award for Riverside Park, Community Champion Award for Tom Lowdon; 2017 Beautiful Scotland Awards -: Gold Medal and category winner's trophy; 2016 Britain in Bloom Awards - Gold Medal; 2015 Beautiful Scotland Awards - Gold Medal, category winner's trophy and the David Welch Memorial Award for our Riverside Park Heather Collection; 2014 Britain in Bloom Awards - Gold Medal, also the a Gold Medal and Best New Floral Exhibitor at Gardening Scotland; 2013 Beautiful Scotland - Gold medal, large town trophy and the Wright Sustainablility Award and joint winner of the Rosebowl for best overall entry; 2011 Britain in Bloom - Champion of Champions Gold Medal. You can find a list of all the Awards we have won since 1990 here.
Pictured below (from left): 1. Receiving the Champion of Champions Award in London on 25 October 2019 - Jenny Williams, Beautiful Perth Vice Chair, Baroness Floella Benjamin, Vice President ot the RHS and John Summers OBE, Beautiful Perth Chairman. 2. Team Perth celebrating at the Awards ceremony. 3. Volunteers in Riverside Park on judging day, July 2019
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