A blooming good show!

Planting taking place in Kincardine O'Neill during the summer
Planting taking place in Kincardine O'Neill during the summer

A Deeside village is celebrating after winning another leading award for improving the local area.

Kincardine O’Neil in Bloom has been recognised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The community was awarded a level five “outstanding” certificate for its tireless efforts.

It has also received another certificate of distinction marking the group’s continued progress over the years.

The “It’s Your Neighbourhood” awards marked the hard work of volunteers in helping to clean up and green up their community spaces.

In 2016, the initiative supported nearly 150 projects spanning 28 of Scotland’s local authority areas.

Kincardine O’Neil in Bloom organiser Susan Farquharson said theirs was a real community effort.

She added: “It is very nice to have.

“This is the third time we have received the certificate of distinction.

“There are a lot of people involved in the village and everyone plays their part.”

The group, supported by the Community Association, aims to improve the local environment.

It achievs this by planting nearly 60 colourful flower tubs each year, enhanced by the efforts of individual village residents with their own pots and displays.

A wild-food area planted some years ago is now thriving. The group also runs dog waste campaigns and completes an annual litter-pick.

Last year it helped the bowling club obtain some saplings from the Woodland Trust, replacing old trees that needed felling.