Dunbar has entered the Beautiful Scotland campaign.

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Dunbar has entered the Coastal Town for this years Beautiful Scotland campaign.
The Beautiful Scotland campaign aims to encourage community participation through horticulture and environmental quality improvement work. Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB), Scotland’s environmental charity, is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Britain in Bloom Federation, delivering the Beautiful Scotland campaign in Scotland.
Whilst there is a competitive element to the Beautiful Scotland campaign, winning prizes isn’t the main objective of taking part; by doing our bit in our own community, we are contributing to making Scotland clean and green. The emphasis of this years campaign is:  horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility, community participation and sustainability.
Dunbar in Bloom are coordinating Dunbar’s entry into this competition and bringing together local groups and projects to be part of this years entry into the Coastal Town Category. Sustaining Dunbar has kindly supplied the entry fee and working with us to develop a map which will take visitors around to see all the growing projects being included in our entry.
If you are interested in getting involved in this years competition – either by including your growing project or to assist with the campaign please come out to this evenings Dunbar in Bloom meeting 7:15 pm at the Royal Mac.
For more information about this initiative please see here: Entrants Manual 2014
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Planting Day – Sunday 27th May 10:30

Please come and join us, lots to do. Sunday 27th May 2012: we are holding a planting day when we hope to top dress, fertilise and re-stock some of the planters and to plant up a bed in the harbour. Meet at the Town House at 10.30hrs if you can but don’t worry if you can only attend later in the day, there will be somet…hing that you can do. There is no time limit and volunteers may leave at any time they wish. Please remember to bring hand tools if you have them as we don’t have many ourselves. Those working at the harbour will require to bring spades in order to plant shrubs.
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Dunbar in Bloom

In February this year Dunbar in Bloom was formally set up by a small group of local volunteers keen to see improvements in the town.  A committee was  formed which enabled us to successfuly apply for community grant funding.   We have lots of ideas and suggestions about areas of the town that need to be brightened up but rely heavily on local volunteers giving up some of their spare time to help.

Our priority this year was to improve the appearance of the High Street and surrounding area and we arranged for the large planters to be put back on the High Street and surrounding area with help from the local Traders Association and East Lothian Council.

We looked into the possibility of putting up hanging baskets – we have about 50 of them kindly on loan from the Traders Association. However, due to the height of the lamposts which are designed specifically to hang them, the baskets need to be watered by machine.   This watering would have cost in excess of £1,500 for a season and we did not have enough money to pay for this.   We hope to raise more money next year so that hopefully we can have hanging baskets on the High Street.  Help is needed from the community to raise money and collection cans have been placed in several shops in the town.

In the longer term we are keen to find groups of volunteers to manage areas of wasteland or grassy areas close to their home; to plant bulbs and wild flowers in areas that would benefit from a splash of colour and tidying up.

Dunbar in Bloom is a very friendly sociable group and more volunteers are urgently needed to make it an ongoing success.    If you can spare even an hour of your time now and again to help with planting, gardening advice, weeding, digging, watering, delivering leaflets, publicity, or even helping with refreshments on planting days, you will be made very welcome.  If you would like to find out more please complete the form on the “contact us” page or call Mary Young, Chairperson on 01368 864606.

This is early days and we will be having more public meetings in the future – so watch this space and let us have your comments.

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Dunbar in Bloom Newsletter!

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