Beautiful Scotland judges pay visit to Stonehaven

Members of the Horizon group are pictured with Beautiful Scotland judges Kate Stevenson and Lorna Mutch.
Members of the Horizon group are pictured with Beautiful Scotland judges Kate Stevenson and Lorna Mutch.

Judges from Beautiful Scotland were given a tour of Stonehaven on Monday by volunteers from the Horizon group.

Previously known as Beautiful Scotland in Bloom, the programme supports community groups across Scotland as they seek to improve and enhance their local environment. The competition has an extensive set of categories and awards, and Stonehaven has achieved silver, silver gilt and gold status in previous years.

Members of the Horizon group have been busy getting the town ready for the judging, installing new planters, picking up litter and preparing an impressive portfolio and presentation, where they showed the judges photographs of the damage caused by storms in December, before showing them round the town.

Their route took them along the seafront, where they were shown Horizon’s ‘Craw’s Nest’ mosaic project, then to the harbour, as well as taking in the Forest View centre and the railway station.

Horizon convenor Rosemary Clark said: “The tour went very nicely, and thankfully we had a lovely day for it.

“We entered the competition for this year last September. After the flooding in December we considered pulling out, but then we thought if Open Air in the Square and the Fireballs could still go ahead, then so could we. We thought it would be letting the side down to pull out.”