Pitlochry in Bloom is a dedicated small group of volunteers who assist the Committee in the local “Bloom” campaign. They were formed in 1993 and by the time they celebrate their 20th Anniversary in 2013 will have collected over 50 awards for the town.
They currently hold 4 Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society in the Britain in Bloom campaign, twice competing in the prestigious “Champion of Champions”. A clutch of awards from Take A Pride in Perthshire, Beautiful Scotland, Civic Trust, Big Tree Country, Royal British Legion Scotland, Gardening Scotland, Entente Florale, Visitscotland Tourism and Communities in Bloom International Challenge make up the balance.
The group are responsible for the summer floral displays, hanging baskets, feature beds and spring and autumn bulb planting. To finance this they have a busy fund-raising programme, raising much needed monies at the Green Park Coffee Morning, Thrift Shop, Quiz Night, locals knitting Easter Baskets and Games Day stall. They maintain the Pitlochry Wildlife Garden and numerous feature beds around the town, all looked after by community volunteers. In summer they hold the Secret Gardens Day when local businesses and residents open up their gardens for the day.
The Litter Support team meet monthly at Pitlochry Festival Theatre to carry out a comprehensive clean-up around the town, as Pitlochry tries very hard to keep itself Clean & Green.
For more information please visit www.pitlochryinbloom.co.uk
Pitlochry Station 150th Anniversary Restoration received a prestigious award in London last week from the National Railway Heritage Trust. Delighted winners were John Yellowlees, ScotRail External Relations Manager, Sally Spaven, Chairman of Pitlochry in Bloom and Councillor Kate Howie, Convenor of Pitlochry Station Liaison Group. Presenting the magnificent Blue Plaque was Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Commissioner, London Transport and the Network Rail representative Joe Kendy, who sponsored this category. The event took place in the Merchant Taylors' Hall, Threadneedle Street. This was the Bloom groups third award for the Station in 2014.