News Update Winter
North Berwick in Bloom and Sustaining North Berwick planted 900 trees on Saturday 4th December as part of the nation wide 'National Tree week'. The trees were all native species, designed to provide a habitat for wildlife and increase biodiversity. They were grown at Alba Trees in East Lothian and donated by the Woodland Trust who also provided a tree guard and stake for every tree. Over 60 'family groups' booked a slot at ten minute intervals to ensure that social distancing could be maintained, and most people brought their own spade. The trees were all planted on the edge of the North Berwick Trust country park with kind permission of the trustees. The park is maintained by the Trust and looked after by North Berwick Gardening and Turf services who prepared the area ready for planting. The trees will grow up to form a woodland area and the many children who came along with their parents to plant a tree will be able to watch them all grow for years to come. There was a 2 hour gap in the ferocious wind and rain on Saturday morning which was just long enough to finish the planting which will be added to the Country file map of Plant Britain. All the people taking part agreed that it was wonderful to be able to do something positive and get outdoors.
North Berwick in Bloom regularly features in the local press, and in the community newsletter.
Listed here are our up-coming activities. These are open to all and everyone is welcome.
Our volunteers are visible around town in North Berwick in Bloom tabards, and we operate stalls at various community events.
NBIB were delighted to be chosen as one of the six Scottish finalists for Britain in Bloom 2020. Having won the coveted Rosebowl for best Scottish entrant in Keep Scotland Beautiful 2019. Sadly, due to the current crisis, this event has had to be postponed. With luck they will be working hard to impress the UK judges in August 2021. Despite this set back, the 20+ hands on volunteers will continue to spend Monday morning tidying, weeding and planting to make North Berwick look beautiful. NB was last in the UK competition in 2017 when they won the latest in a series of gold medals.
NBIB’s success is based on growing an unusually wide range of plants with an emphasis on sustainable planting and biodiversity. Additional projects for 2020 include helping Sustainable North Berwick to plant 450 trees, working with residents to create a community garden in Lime Grove and working with the Sea Bird Centre to create another coastal wildflower garden near the harbour. This will be in addition to the usual seasonal activities of planting over 90 hanging baskets and 100 planters.
NBIB receives great support from many community groups and works closely with East Lothian Council’s amenity service team; we know that we can count on them all to help us to put on a good show this year.