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SB Connect Winter 2016

Peebles blossoms at Floral Gateway Awards

Judge Bert Duncan with Avril Murray of Peebles Champions of Champions and Councillor David Paterson

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 Scottish Borders Council’s Headquarters in Newtown St Boswells, with Peebles named overall Champion of Champions. The full results were:

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, SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “The Floral Gateway Awards aim to recognise the huge amount of work that goes on 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.”

Champion of Champions


  1. Kelso
  2. Hawick
  3. Galashiels

Large Village

  1. Melrose
  2. Newtown
  3. St Boswells
  4. Lauder

Small Village

  1. Ayton
  2. Greenlaw
  3. Ancrum

Wee Village

  1. Birgham
  2. Morebattle
  3. Burnmouth

Border Biodiversity winner

Clean and Tidy winners
Duns, Eyemouth, Kelso and Melrose

Quality of Life winners
Lauder and Birgham

Welcome Award winners
Duns, Eyemouth, Kelso and Lauder