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Beautiful Scotland judges visit Aberdeen
Judges from the prestigious Beautiful Scotland competition visited Aberdeen today [Thursday August 8] to assess the city's colourful floral displays.
They were accompanied by Housing and Environment vice-convener Councillor Jean Morrison and environmental staff for a tour of parks, community gardens and the other hidden horticultural gems the city has to offer.
Beautiful Scotland is run annually by Keep Scotland Beautiful and supports community groups as they seek to improve and enhance their local environment.
The city was judged on environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement and will now be allocated a score.
If Aberdeen is triumphant in the competition, the city will be put forward to represent Scotland in the national Britain in Bloom competition in 2014, which is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
Councillor Jean Morrison said: "Aberdeen has a long and illustrious history with this competition and has built up a reputation as a strong contender and the city to beat.
"A great deal of work goes into preparing for the judges' arrival and I am in no doubt they were impressed with what Aberdeen has to offer this time around.
"Our green spaces are stunning, particularly at this time of year, when council staff and community groups work hard to ensure they stay vibrant and colourful.
"I am confident we have left a lasting impression with the judges and will continue to see success in this competition."