Lord Provost unveils Entente Florale plaque

A plaque marking Edinburgh’s success in the Entente Florale has been mounted at the City Chambers.


The commemorative inscription was unveiled by the Lord Provost Donald Wilson, at a celebratory event on Thursday.

Edinburgh was awarded gold by judges of the prestigious environmental competition in September, when they assessed the capital’s natural and built environment and met some of the community groups and volunteers throughout the city.

The panel unanimously agreed to present the city the highest accolade. They also gave special recognition to the Grassmarket Community Project, which was awarded the ‘Lucija Cikes Prize’ for its work to include those facing social inclusion. 

This was the first time Edinburgh has represented the UK in the Europe-wide competition following its success in Britain in Bloom earlier this year. The bronze plaque was given to the city at an awards ceremony in Budapest at the end of September.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: “This is an immense achievement for Edinburgh, and is testament to the work done by volunteers, community groups and Council staff to maintain the city’s environment to an international standard.

“It is fantastic to be able to celebrate the award in this way, honouring the contribution of all those involved for generations to come.”

Edinburgh was one of 22,000 villages, towns and cities to enter the contest, which is not only judged on horticultural competence but also community involvement and responsibility for the environment.

A number of bodies were involved in the bid, including Historic Scotland, Essential Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh and many other volunteers, community and Friends of Parks groups, representatives of whom were present at the event on Thursday which marked the city’s success.

For more images of the event, visit the Council's Flickr page.

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