Melrose pick of the bunch at Floral Gateway awards

Melrose pick of the bunch at Floral Gateway awards

Melrose claimed the Champion of Champions title at the 18th Floral Gateway awards.

A total of 19 villages and towns across the Borders were recognised at a ceremony at Scottish Borders Council’s Headquarters in Newtown St Boswells on Tuesday 5 September.

The full results were:
· Champion of Champions – 1, Melrose; 2, Kelso; 3= Birgham and Ayton
· Town – 1, Hawick; 2, Peebles; 3, Galashiels
· Large Village – 1, Coldstream; 2, Lauder; 3, Chirnside
· Small Village – 1, Coldingham; 2, Greenlaw; 3, Ancrum
· Wee Village – 1, Westruther; 2, Morebattle; 3, Burnmouth
· Border Biodiversity winner – Burnmouth
· Clean and Tidy winners – Lauder and Morebattle
· Quality of Life winners – Newtown St Boswells, Jedburgh and Coldstream
· Welcome Award winners – Jedburgh

Healthmatic sponsored the main categories, with the Champion of Champions receiving a £250 voucher and the other category winners picking up a £200 voucher each.

The Quality of Life winners picked up a £100 voucher each sponsored by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and the Clean and Tidy winners received a new litter and dog waste bin for their communities.

Those attending were also given an opportunity to find out more about the Council’s Responsible Dog Ownership strategy, including the Green Dog Walker scheme, and waste services.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services, said: “Thanks to the new community awards introduced two years ago, Floral Gateway now acknowledges a much wider variety of volunteer groups doing their best to maintain and enhance the Borders.

“An excellent example is Newtown Dog Friendly, who won a Quality of Life Award for taking forward a number of positive activities in the village such as setting up a junior group to educate youngsters on responsible dog ownership.

“Well done to all participants but particularly Melrose who thoroughly deserved the Champion of Champions award.

“On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank all the entries for helping make the Borders a beautiful place to live and visit and would encourage those communities not involved this year to enter in 2018.”

Date of Publication: 19th September