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Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom win Silver Gilt

Dunkeld & Birnam in Bloom have been recognised by Keep Scotland Beautiful for their efforts to make the two communities more climate and nature friendly.

Dunkeld & Birnam were on of almost 50 entries from across 17 local authority areas to enter the award and came away with the Silver Gilt award in the large village category of the Beautiful Scotland competition.

Chairwoman Linda Speirs explains what Dunkeld & Birnam in Bloom do in the two villages, “We do our best to enhance the village, both the villages. Because Dunkeld’s on one side of the water, Birnam’s on the other side of the water and the visitors like to walk through both areas. Dunkeld tends to have a higher profile, so we’re trying to up the profile in Birnam too and add to the interest on that side of the water.”

While Treasurer for the group Liz Ibbetson, explains that the award brings with it “recognition of our efforts to enhance and be eco-friendly.”

The project which has been running for 26 years, work in small groups across the two villages to maintain the villages, getting together in bigger groups for larger scale projects.

The sections maintained by the group including bed, tubs and railing planters. Along with a corner section by the Dunkeld Health Centre, the Cathedral gates, and St Ninians Garden. The group also work with other project that run in Dunkeld, including the Community Orchard and the Field, which grow organic vegetables.

Visitors can start in the North car park in Dunkeld, and work down the main street towards St Ninians Gardens, coming out by the National Trust maintained fountain and head to the Cathedral before heading don Water Wynd down towards the river, following along to past the allotment. Either walking or driving across to Birnam and follow the Beatrix Potter trail, down to the riverside following it back to the river stopping to explore Torwood Park.

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