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Fife village is crowned Britain in Bloom champion

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Image caption Falkland won the champion of champions award

A Scottish village has retained its prestigious Britain in Bloom champion of champions award.

Falkland in Fife managed to scoop the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) honour for the second year running.

Other Scottish places to collect awards included Aberdeen, which won the bronze in the city category.

Cupar in Fife collected the Silver Gilt in the town section and Comrie in Perthshire received a gold and category winner for large village.

North Berwick in East Lothian won gold in the coastal category for towns with a population of 12,000 and below.

Jim Pope, from Aberdeen, won one of the RHS Britain in Bloom community champion awards, Muthill in Perthshire won silver in the village category, Dyce, near Aberdeen, won the Silver Gilt awards in the urban community section.

More than 1,100 communities across the UK took part in the awards and 66 finalists were chosen this year to represent their region and nation in the UK.

Each entry is judged on achievements in horticulture, environmental responsibility and community participation.

Image caption North Berwick picked up a gold in one of the coastal categories

The Royal Horticultural Society is a charity which aims to encourage people to join together to improve their local environment through the Britain in Bloom Awards.

Roger Burnett, chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom national judging panel, said: "2010 has seen a bumper crop of entries into the national finals with many achieving top medals despite difficult economic times and a severe winter and late spring.

"This combined with local authority budgets being ever more stretched has seen various communities up and down Great Britain really pulling out all the stops."

Britain in Bloom was launched in 1964 by the English Tourist Board as a way of marketing the country.

In 2002 the RHS took over running the Britain in Bloom Awards competition.

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