A blooming good show!

Judges were impressed by displays throughout the area
Judges were impressed by displays throughout the area

Floral displays have been under scrutiny in the annual Formartine in Bloom competition.

Judges were out and about in 17 communities casting their eye over green-fingered efforts.

They visited Collieston, Newburgh, Pitmedden, Oldmeldrum, Udny Green, Udny Station, Cultercullen, Foveran, Ythanbank, Methlick, Cuminestown, Turriff, Auchterless, Rothienorman, Fyvie, Woodhead of Fyvie, Tarves.

The team were assessing not only the quality of displays, but also environmental standards (cleanliness and tidiness of the areas), recycling and community involvement.

Formartine Partnership’s Caroline Rennie, one of the organisers, said they were impressed.

She added: “We visited 17 communities over two days and the standard was high throughout.

“Gardening groups put a sterling amount of effort into the displays and we hope that they keep providing colourful impressive displays for all to enjoy.”

The competition runs in conjunction with the Formartine Floral Trail.

A total of 20 villages and towns are included in the trail, which features colourful and imaginative displays.

Next under the floral spotlight will be Formartine Beginning to Blossom, which gets under way when primary schools return after the summer holidays.

The winners from both competitions will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.