Blooming good entries received at Formartine awards

A joint awards ceremony for schools and communities took place recently.

The Formartine in Bloom/Beginning to Blossom awards ceremony was held in Meldrum Academy earlier this month.

Large community winner Rob Rothnie, Andrew McCartney, Alison Sinclair and Anne Naylor, with judges Jack Grant and Ken Regan.

Large community winner Rob Rothnie, Andrew McCartney, Alison Sinclair and Anne Naylor, with judges Jack Grant and Ken Regan.

Local schools took part in Formartine Beginning to Blossom which was judged by Carole Baxter and Bob Davis.

Meanwhile local villages entered Formartine in Bloom which was judged by Jack Grant and Ken Regan.

Judging took place in August and September but the winners were not revealed until a joint awards ceremony on Thursday, October 9.

Now in its 10th year, The Formartine in Bloom awards recognise community effort.

Rod Gunson of Formartine Partnership Ltd said :”We were very pleased with how the ceremony went - all the schools came and all bar one community attended.

“This year entries for Formartine in Bloom were down - Udny Green and Udny Station pulled out because they had difficulties getting volunteers which is a shame. We had a new entry from Foveran though.

“The shows were amazing - Oldmeldrum Square won -it just stunning.

“Pitmedden won the middle class yet again and Tarves came in 2nd - which they should be pleased as punch about.”

Winners in each class received £200 and runner ups walked away with £100.

Rod added: “We think that this gives the competition an edge because it is about competing for money as well as beating your neighbours!

“We are very grateful to the local businesses who provided the prizes.”

Running for the 5th year The Formartine Beginning to Blossom section is open to schools across Formartine.

Rod said that entries for the schools were up this year.

He said: “We had 11 schools enter compared with 8 last year. Considering that there are 25 schools in Formartine - nearly half of them took part.

“The quality was very high. We finished up with two winners as we couldn’t separate them - Fintry and Slains.

“It’s brilliant for them to enter because it links into the syllabus to health to maths to nature.

“The presence of young people at the ceremony changed the atmosphere because they were all so proud and pleased - it was marvellous.

Schools received a framed certificate as well as an extra prize new for this year.

Rod added: “We also gave out a packet of sunflower seeds which are a new variety called Giraffe and are supposed to grow to 15 feet!”