Stuartfield again crowned Buchan in Bloom winners

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STUARTFIELD has been named the winner of the Buchan in Bloom 2011 for the second year in a row.

The competition, run by Aberdeenshire Council, encourages communities to improve their environment and enhance the visual impact of their settlements. Maud took second place, while New Pitsligo and Cruden Bay were joint third, with Boddam receiving the ‘Most Improved’ award.

Private gardens, schools and amenity areas were all inspected and considered when marking each settlement and the judges were very impressed with the standard of displays and maintenance everywhere they visited.

Principal landscape services officer and judge, Ian Tillett, said: “This is the fifth year of the competition and once again the judges were most impressed by the high standard of displays and maintenance.

“Stuartfield made an outstanding effort again this year and is to be congratulated on its continued success.”

Peter Argyle, chairman of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee said: “It’s always great to see communities take such pride in their appearance – a bit of time and effort really can make such a difference to the local environment.”

Vice-chair councillor Jill Webster, added: “Competitions like this are excellent for boosting local pride as well as the appearance of the local community and you have to commend everyone who’s put in the effort.

“They should all be proud of the fact they made a positive impact to the appearance of the Buchan area throughout the summer.”

The council provides communities with free summer bedding plants from its plant nursery at Aden Country Park.

Most communities take up the offer, maintaining flowerbeds, tubs and hanging baskets for the summer.