Pictured above: winners of our local Beautiful Perth Awards celebrate their success
Beautiful Perth's success in making Perth an attractive place to live, work and visit is very much dependent on getting involved with the local community - we cannot succeed on our own. It is our policy to work alongside a very wide range of groups, businesses and organisations and with people of all ages and all walks of life.
We work with local nursery, primary and secondary schools every year to plant the display at Perth Leisure Pool, we help out at Perth High School's community garden and with Kinnoull Primary School's front garden. Many of our local schools also enter for our Beautiful Perth Awards. Young people from the Scouting movement do a great job helping us with litter picks and we get an amazing level of support from local businesses and our sponsors.
There's a fuller list of our partnerships in our Annual Report, but to give just a few examples, we work alongside staff and service users from Turning Point Scotland's Rosie's Garden Perth (a social enterprise); they help us with work parties and grow some of our plants for us. The congregation of St Leonard's in the Fields church provides financial and other support to enable us to plant and maintain spring and summer displays in front of the church. We do litter picks every year with beavers and cubs from the 10th Perthshire Scouts, and we have 'adopted' areas of Perth station as part of Scotrail's Adopt a Station scheme. Local Care Homes get involved in our Beautiful Perth Awards, and we have enjoyed some lovely visits to our heather collection by residents and staff from Kincarrathie House. In 2019 we are developing our Intergenerational Working policy to capture what we already do and help us shape future opportunities for working on projects with different groups of people in Perth.
We are very grateful for the ongoing contributions made by Perth & Kinross Council which provides us with administrative and technical, as well as some financial support. We also work closely together with the Community Greenspace team on horticulture, environmental and community activities, and the Council's Westbank plant nursery on Jeanfield Road grows many of our plants. On the wider front, Beautiful Perth is affiliated to the Take a Pride in Perth & Kinross Association, an umbrella group that brings together around 50 local 'in bloom' groups in towns and villages across Perth & Kinross, and we are keen participants in the Beautiful Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful campaigns as well as RHS Britain in Bloom.
Pictured below (from left): Kinnoull Primary School garden; Visitors from Kincarrathie House; working with the Rosie's Garden team; school pupils at the Leisure Pool display with our volunteers. Click the images to view larger versions.
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