AS MANY as 8,000 plants have been used to create a display paying tribute to 100 years of Dunbar RFC.

The Hallhill side, who have held a variety of events to mark the centenary, kicked off their season on Saturday with a win against Hawick Harlequins.

Ahead of the new campaign, East Lothian Council created an impressive horticultural display outside the Fashion School, on Belhaven Road.

Kerrie Knox, the club’s first female president, was delighted with the display.

She said: “It is so lovely and so many people have commented on it and noticed it.

“It has just brought more awareness of our centenary year.

“The town gardeners are amazing and they do such a great job.”

The impressive planting scheme has been created by East Lothian Council, who often use the space to plant creative displays.

The rugby club had approached the local authority with the idea of using it for the centenary.

A spokesperson for East Lothian Council said: “Once agreed, James Scott, head operative, selected the plants for the display – around 8,000 in total, which are mostly succulents echeveria, saxifrage, sedum and senecio, which are slow growing and remain compact.

“Annual bedding plants were also used – ageratum, alyssum, cineraria, marigolds and pyrethrum, which require to be clipped each month to keep the display looking sharp and the writing standing out.

“All the plants are grown by Gus Campbell, at the council’s central nursery at Prestonpans.”