Published: Friday, 9th September 2016
Towns and villages across the Borders rose to the occasion for the 17th Floral Gateway Awards.
This year’s winners and runners-up were celebrated at a ceremony at our Headquarters in Newtown St Boswells on Tuesday 6 September, with Peebles named overall Champion of Champions.
- Champion of Champions – Peebles
- Town – 1, Kelso; 2, Hawick; 3, Galashiels
- Large Village – 1, Melrose; 2, Newtown St Boswells; 3, Lauder
- Small Village – 1, Ayton; 2, Greenlaw; 3, Ancrum
- Wee Village – 1, Birgham; 2, Morebattle; 3, Burnmouth
- Border Biodiversity winner – Ancrum
- Clean and Tidy winners – Duns, Eyemouth, Kelso and Melrose
- Quality of Life winners – Lauder and Birgham
- Welcome Award winners – Duns, Eyemouth, Kelso and Lauder
The four joint winners of the Clean and Tidy Award each receive a new waste bin for their communities, while the two Quality of Life winners will receive a new bench.
Councillor David Paterson, Executive Member for Environmental Services
“The Floral Gateway Awards aim to recognise the huge amount of work which goes in across the Borders by teams of volunteers, and I am delighted that communities have also embraced the new awards we introduced last year.
"Well done to all participants but particularly the hard working team at Peebles who thoroughly deserved the Champion of Champions award.
“On behalf of the Council, I thank all the entries for their efforts in helping to make the Borders a beautiful place to live and visit.”
- Images are available from our Flickr page.
- More information is available at our Floral Gateway page.
Category definitions are as follows:
- Wee Village - a maximum population of 300
- Small Village - a population between 301 and 1,000
- Large Village - a population between 1,001 and 2,500
- Town - a population over 2,500
- Champion of Champions - each class winner from the previous year judged against each othe