Hawick is blooming beautiful and has a trophy to prove it after winning the best town category in Scottish Borders Council’s Floral Gateway competition.
The town received a boost when the announcement was made at an awards ceremony at the Tweed Horizons conference centre, St Boswells, on Tuesday night – finishing ahead of runners-up Peebles.
In these 15th annual awards, the town has previously won only in 2002, so this year’s success is a fitting accolade to the efforts and commitment of the Hawick in Bloom volunteers, backed up by sponsorship from local businesses Wrights Hardware and Turnbull & Scott engineeers, as well as support from council parks and environmental services staff.
Robin Hogg, Kelso, who judged the town’s entry, told the Hawick representatives present, Marion Short, Alex Bell and Jake Coltman, that his year he was very impressed with the commitment from locals, Common-Riding organisations, the horticulture work in local schools and, having been the judge in Hawick for several years now, acknowledged the vast improvement he has seen in colouring up the town by the Hawick in Bloom volunteers.
The gathering of representatives from towns and villages throughout the Borders area was welcomed by Hawick Councillor Davie Paterson, executive member for environmental services, who said he was pleased to see so many different people representing the many different communities in the region.
He concluded: “I believe that it has never been so important to people to get involved and take an interest in environmental matters. As we move forward we all have to work together to promote the Borders in the best possible way to the many visitors we want to come to our beautiful Borderland.”
Judging entries in the villages categories was Sandy McVittie, Hawick, who, along with Mr Hogg, presented the awards.
In the small villages section, Newcastleton was runner-up.