Forres in Bloom have done it again.
The voluntary group who put in thousands of hours of their own time to make Forres a beautiful place, have topped the medium town category of this year’s Beautiful Scotland competition, picking up two trophies and a gold medal.
Now celebrating their 30th anniversary, the group whose motto is ‘We love where we live’ have proved repeatedly that they do, with a raft of accolades in this and similar competitions.
This year, the group also won the Jim Murdie Trophy for Sustainability, having maintained high standards, despite adversity during its 30-year existence.
Volunteers travelled to Dumfries for the ceremony and a spokesperson said: “Well done to all the volunteers and groups in Forres who contributed!”
“In 2013 the local council reduced support to local groups, and FIB has maintained its high standards by working with local partners and young people to enhance the quality of life and create better and sustainable environments in the historic Royal Burgh.
“The group celebrated its 30th anniversary this year and was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which recognises the sustainability of the group.
“Over the years the group has faced adversity and, with the support of the community, has continued to thrive.”
Moray Council gave the group the use of a run-down former depot which it has regenerated to create a professional standard nursery which allows it to grow all the plants required for displays throughout the town.