Edinburgh is in bloom with triple award win

Edinburgh’s parks and green spaces have been recognised at a national level, with three Britain in Bloom awards.

The results, announced last night at an award ceremony in St. Andrews, saw Edinburgh receive the Silver Gilt medal in the 'Large City' category.

Edinburgh was also honoured with two discretionary awards, a first for the city, in recognition of communities and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their commitment to the campaign.

The Royal Botanic Gardens scooped the Public Park Award, whilst the University of Edinburgh's Pollock Campus won the Sustainable Landscaping Award.

Judges visited Edinburgh at the beginning of August and assessed the city's parks and green spaces against three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "I am delighted that the high quality of Edinburgh's parks and green spaces has been recognised at a national level with a Silver Gilt medal in the 'Large City' category.  After gaining a record number of Green Flag Awards in July, this has been a particularly successful year for our parks and green spaces.

"I would like to thank all our staff and local volunteers who ensure that Edinburgh's parks remain clean and beautiful all year round."

The awards come following an extremely successful year for the City of Edinburgh Council's Parks team, who won the 'Best Service Team Parks, Grounds and Horticultural Service' at the Association for Public Sector Excellence (APSE) awards and also a record 20 Green Flag Awards for the city.

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