Judging begins for Formartine in Bloom

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Judging for the Formartine in Bloom 2016 competition has taken place.

The judges this year were Jack Grant and Alex Kemper from Aberdeenshire Council Landscape Services who visited the 18 villages and towns.

Entries this year came from Auchterless, Birkenhills, Collieston, Cultercullen, Cuminestown, Foveran, Fyvie, Oldmeldrum, Methlick, Newburgh, Pitmedden, Rothienorman, Tarves, Turriff, Udny Green, Udny Station, Woodhead of Fyvie and Ythanbank.

Judges were delighted to welcome Cultercullen into the competition for the first time and they also discovered a fairy village under construction at the Wetland Garden in Rothienorman.

Rod Gunson, development officer at the Formartine Partnership, said: “As always the displays provided by the volunteers were brilliant - how they manage to continually provide such wonderful and colourful displays for us all to enjoy is amazing.

“The continued enthusiasm and commitment by everyone to make their surroundings more colourful and attractive for everyone to enjoy is truly inspirational.

“Now they just have to wait till the Awards Ceremony in September to discover the results.

“Formartine Partnership would like to express their thanks to all the groups for their hard work and for showing us how great places can look.

“Several members of the public commented on the difference it makes to have the floral displays and how much they appreciate the efforts of their local gardening groups.

“The power of flowers to lift people’s spirits is wonderful – how lucky we are to have people willing to do this.”

A copy of the Formartine Floral Trail around all the villages can be downloaded from the Formartine Partnership website at www.formartinepartnership.org.uk.

Rod added: “You will also be able to see where Fred our flowerpot character has found his family members – over 140 are situated within the Formartine area. Their stories are on our Facebook page.”