Coldstream’s green fingered champions

The team responsible for Coldstream’s success in winning Champion of Champions in the Borders Floral Gateway Competition this year has been recognised.

Having taken the top accolade in the Scottish Borders Council competition they were awarded the Jim Patterson Rose Bowl, presented to an individual or group in Coldstream, who have gone the extra mile on behalf of the town.

At the presentation evening, Martin Brims, chairman of Coldstream & District Community Council, said: “Coldstream - Floral Gateway Champion of Champions – wow! It is a tremendous achievement for all those involved in the Coldstream Gateway Association to be crowned with such an accolade.

“To me it isn’t that surprising as I often receive unsolicited compliments about how good our toun - not large village – looks, with its resplendent displays of flowers throughout the seasons.

“And each year the displays seem to get better and better - the direct result of the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers.

“The hours spent fundraising to ensure there is the proper equipment and plants available. The many hours spent planting up displays. The many hours of tending and watering the displays.

“All of which is undertaken by a group of selfless volunteers – the true embodiment of community spirit.

“On behalf of the community of Coldstream it is my honour to present the Coldstream Gateway Association with the Jim Patterson Rose Bowl in recognition of all your hard work.”

And that wasn’t all.

Two members of the team who recently stepped down after ten years - Trish and Dave Blackman - were presented with the Brown Scott Quaich in recognition of the hard work and dedication they have provided to the Gateway Association and to the community as a whole.

“During their time with the Gateway Association they have been closely involved in the various improvements that we have witnessed over the years,” added Martin.

“They are not ones who seek out the limelight but rather quietly and diligently go about their business. It is this quality that makes them ideal recipients of the title of citizens of the year.

“If they were flowers I’d describe them as hardy perennials that have been uprooted and re-established in a few locations, each time flourishing in their new environment. Colourful, yet not wishing to be in direct light, best placed in a shaded corner and kept well watered.”