Speyside town aims to be ‘best neighbourhood’ in Scotland

Dufftown in line for floral award

TWELVE MONTHS AFTER being closely scrutinised for Britain in Bloom awards a Moray town is once again in line to be acknowledged as one of Scotland’s most colourful communities.

Keep Scotland Beautiful judges visited Dufftown this week to see for themselves the range of floral displays in the town, which is one of 46 communities being considered for the ‘best neighbourhood gardening’ award.

The judges were taken on an extensive tour of the town – but Dufftown in Bloom secretary Anne Fraser having to admit she had no idea if they were impressed or not.

“The judges seemed interested in what we had to say – but I have no idea as to what they were most impressed by, they really kept that to themselves,” Ms Fraser said.

She added: “We showed them around our baskets and planters – but more than just the quality of the flowers and displays they were keen to learn about the community effort behind it all.”

Dufftown was a finalist in the large village category for the Britain in Bloom awards in 2014.

The winning community for the Keep Scotland Beautiful awards will be crowned at a special ceremony in Perth in September.