A breakdown of the points awarded to Hawick in the recent Champion of Champions category of the Floral Gateway competition is being analysed by Hawick in Bloom volunteers.
The town finished runners-up to Melrose by just one point, and while the group is instrumental in providing much of the colour in the town, the judging criteria covers many other areas.
Points are awarded in three sections, the first being floral presentation which includes parks, open spaces, public and private gardens, allotments, churches, war memorials, schools, industrial areas and business premises. For this Hawick was awarded 47 points out of a possible 50.
Section B (cleanliness) takes in streets and open spaces, as well as an absence of litter, graffiti, dog fouling, fly-tipping, fly-posters and chewing gum. Hawick gained 29 points out of a possible 30 – an excellent achievement.
The final section is for community involvement and here again the town came out very well with 19 points awarded from a possible 20.
This was in no small way thanks to the tremendous sponsorship and support the Bloom group received from local shops and businesses, including Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Harbo, Wright’s Home Hardware, Waverley Housing, Turnbull & Scott (Engineers), Tefer (Blacksmith), Gavin Stevenson of GLS and Armstrong’s Garage.
The judge said he was particularly impressed with Wilton Lodge Park and the Walled Garden, with the new bandstand and news paths for wheelchair access to the South African war memorial “excellent facilities for the town”.
Marion Short, Hawick Community Council chaiperson, commented: “The Hawick in Bloom group is a small band of volunteers who carried out a huge amount of work in several areas of the town, arranging for additional displays in the Tower Knowe area, North Bridge Street and a second hanging basket floral tree on the banking on the A7 north of the town, to name just a few.
“Scottish Borders Council deserve recognition for their help and assistance, their own displays this year were remarkable, particularly at the town hall.
“The business community was very supportive and this was noted by the judge as indicative of the community spirit within Hawick.”