Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group
Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group (IEI) promotes horticulture for the benefit of the public by providing floral displays and landscapes in places visible to the public. It also runs the annual Inverurie Best Garden competition.
IEI has provided horticultural assistance to the Beginning Garden Group of young Syrian Scots to help the residents of Urybank Sheltered Housing maintain their gardens.
IEI will provide support for a local mental health peer to peer group to develop their horticultural skills for community projects.
IEI is also involved in the development of environmental programs such as the creation of the Ury Riverside Park.
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.