A WILDFLOWER bed which marks the site of the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, near Wallyford, is in full bloom.

It is just one of several projects which have been undertaken over the last few years to ensure the history of the battle, known as ‘Black Saturday’ , is preserved. The conflict between the Scots and English has been described as the largest and bloodiest conflict ever fought on Scottish soil.

Funding for the wildflower bed was received from Musselburgh Area Partnership, which allocates a budget from East Lothian Council to local projects.

The floral display was planted near the memorial stone which was installed in 1998 to commemorate the conflict at the western entrance to Wallyford. The battle took place on September 10, 1547, with the loss of 10,000 Scots troops.

Alister Hadden, chairman of Wallyford Community Council, which led the project, and a member of the Pinkie Cleugh Battlefield Group, said the wildflower bed would give another lift in appearance to the area beside the memorial stone, just off Salters Road.

He added: “Wallyford Community Council greatly appreciates the funding and support from East Lothian Council and the Musselburgh Area Partnership for funding and planting the wildflower bed at the entrance into Wallyford from the west side.”