2018 UK finalist - Growing Smarter, Granite City Aberdeen
In 2018, Growing Smarter, Granite City Aberdeen will represent Scotland in the 'City' category of the RHS Britain in Bloom UK finals. It is one of 76 finalists from across the UK (five from Scotland). For the full list of the 2018 finalists, click 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.
In the 2017 Beautiful Scotland competition, as well as winning the 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.
In 2017, Growing Smarter, Granite City Aberdeen was one of eight Beautiful Scotland groups representing Scotland in the RHS Britain in Bloom finals. The group was awarded a Gold in the 'Champion of Champions' category. The judges were impressed by the horticultural variety on show, vibrant bedding displays, sustainable planting and the “horticultural treat” of Seaton Park, which also won the Parks and Green Spaces Award. A Community Champion Award was also presented to Terry Stott who has been involved in the Aberdeen entry for numerous years. For a list of all the winners, click here.