The Blooming Haddington committee and volunteers were delighted to welcome Beautiful Scotland judges Gregor Mcgillivray and Penny Wright to Haddington on Monday 1st August 2022. It was a beautiful day and the sun shone brightly through the judges visit and tour.
We met in the John Gray Centre where a short presentation highlighting our work over the previous year was shown to the judges.
The judges were then shown the baskets and planters outside the Corn Exchange, the Loft courtyard, the Bee Hotel and tattle boxes at the entrance to the John Muir House carpark. The route continued through Neilson Park and into the Oriental Garden. Prentice coaches kindly supplied a mini bus to take the judges to see the Station Road Garden and onto Amisfield Walled Garden. The judges were then dropped off at St Mary’s Parish church and walked to the Nungate Bridge, Lady Kitty’s and onto the Pleasance Garden, then onto the small garden behind the old George hotel, the new Rotary Haddington planters at the Mercat Cross and into Carlyle Court.
Refreshments were served back at the John Gray Centre and the judges had time to speak further to the committee and volunteers.
The committee of Blooming Haddington would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved in preparing the town for the judges visit. This includes the dedicated team of volunteers who give up their time, East Lothian Council, the businesses and community groups of Haddington who sponsor hanging baskets and containers, Prentice Coaches, Amisfield Walled and St Marys Pleasance gardens, Friends of the River Tyne, Rotary Haddington and the local community for their continued support and generous donations.
Once again the judges were impressed with the planting used throughout the town and it was noted how fortunate we are to have the East Lothian Council nursery where many of the plants used in the hanging baskets, town centre planters and the public parks are grown from seed or cuttings and nurtured to full sized plants. This allows for more unusual planting plans and goes a long way towards supporting Haddington and other East Lothian bloom groups efforts in keeping their towns and villages beautiful.