Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group
Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group (IEI) promotes the environmental qualities of Inverurie for the benefit and wellbeing of its residents, visitors and the local business community. Activities include floral displays in the Town Centre, Best Garden Competition, and helping residents of sheltered housing maintain and enhance their outdoor environment. IEI partners with Aberdeenshire Council, Elected Members, Community Council, Ury Riverside Park, Pitscurry Project, local schools, local churches, business community, gardening groups for mental health service users and young Syrian refugees, Men's Shed, Rotary and Grampian Opportunities.
In 2018, the group won the 'Community Horticulture' Award:
Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group involves the whole of its community in numerous aspects of gardening. For example, in one sheltered housing complex, the 80 plus year old residents plant out a wide palette of bedding plants, the quality of which is only matched by flower show winners. In another housing complex, the residents have teamed up with two Syrian young men and, working together, are tending the garden space with care and precision. The Pitscurry Project provides training and day services for adults with learning disabilities; this group is the mainstay in planting up the baskets which give a continuous ribbon of colour through the town.