2017 UK finalist - Growing Smarter, Granite City Aberdeen
In 2017, Growing Smarter, Granite City Aberdeen will represent Scotland in the 'Champion of Champions' category in the RHS UK Britain in Bloom finals. This follows UK success in 2016, when the group won a Gold medal and was the overall winner of the 'City' category. It also picked up a Discretionary Award for overcoming adversity, and the Public Park Award for Duthie Park. The full list of winners from 2016 can be found here.
Growing Smarter, Granite City Aberdeen is the umbrella group of communities, Friends Groups and partners of Aberdeen City Council. In excess of one hundred groups ranging from one person litter picks to whole communities undertaking good voluntary works to make Aberdeen City a better place to live, work and play.
As well as winning the 2017 'Best City' Award, Aberdeen won the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Award:
Aberdeen has the proud record of having taken part in every one of the 51 years of Beautiful Scotland. Traditional displays of first class horticulture still catch the eye and attract very high number of visitors into the parks. Children are encouraged in many imaginative ways, for example ‘design a flower bed’ competitions and the Groovy Growits club at Duthie Park. Some of the glasshouses provide facilities for therapeutic horticulture for groups tackling issues such as drug and alcohol addiction or mental health problems. The city now has an excellent balance between seasonal colour and permanent planting, while good quality green space can be seen city wide.