Blooming success at joint awards ceremony

Large Community Winner, Oldmeldrum Andrew McCartney, Moira Gregg, Rob Rothnie and Fred Sinclair
Large Community Winner, Oldmeldrum Andrew McCartney, Moira Gregg, Rob Rothnie and Fred Sinclair

Schools and communities travelled to Meldrum Academy last week to see if they had been successful in securing an award.

The Joint Awards Ceremony for Formartine in Bloom (Communities Competition) and Formartine Beginning to Blossom 2013 (Schools competition) enjoyed a very good turnout.

Eight schools and sixteen communities were involved in the event.

Development Officer of Formartine Partnership, Rod Gunson said that the evening went very well.

He told The Times: “It was a lovely atmosphere. Over one hundred people attended. All the schools were there and all the communities, but three attended.

“There was a lot of excitement among the children.

“The winners received £200 and £100 was given to those in second place.

“All the money was contributed by local businesses.”

This year a new award was presented to one of the schools.

Rod added: “The Judge’s Special Award was given to a school that has something particularly special.

“The award with an owl etched into a wooden plaque was won by Fyvie School.”

Formartine in Bloom judges were Jack Grant of Aberdeenshire Council’s Landscape Services and Richard Walker of the Cruickshank Botanic Garden, University of Aberdeen.

The Judges for Formartine Beginning to Blossom were Carole Baxter of Beechgrove Garden and Bob Davis, a Director of Formartine Partnership.