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Britain in Bloom judges tour Granite City’s floral displays


Judges from the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition have toured Aberdeen to assess the city's colourful floral displays.

Aberdeen is representing Scotland in the City category in this year's Bloom competition, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, and is up against Norwich, Oldham and the City of Westminster.

The Granite City was one of the winners in last year's Beautiful Scotland competition, organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful, and then went forward as Scotland's standard-bearer in Britain in Bloom event.

Judges Roger Burnett and Jim Buttress, both from the RHS, inspected the efforts of the city and its many community groups over the past year. Roger is the Chairman of the RHS Judging panel and Jim recently acted as a judge on the "Big Allotment" television programme.

They were welcomed to the city by Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam and were accompanied by Housing and Environment vice-convener Councillor Jean Morrison and environmental staff for their tour of parks and the other horticultural gems in the city – assessing the quality of horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.

The judges travelled the length and breadth of the city, viewing a wide variety of sites including Lochinch Visitor Centre, the Tullos Burn wildflower plantings, Duthie Park, Great Southern Road flowerbeds planted by local children, Garthdee allotments, sponsored roundabouts, Union Terrace Gardens and Seaton Park, along with many other places.

Councillor Morrison said "Aberdeen has a proud history in Bloom competitions and I am sure the judges will be impressed by our achievements this year. A huge amount of work has been invested by our own staff, local communities, businesses, 'Friends' of parks groups and local school children to bring colour and joy to many parts of Aberdeen.

"I want to thank each and every one of the people involved for their efforts and for showing real pride in the city – and I hope we can show that we are the top horticultural city in the UK when the results are announced in Bristol in October."