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City going for gold in Britain in Bloom’s golden year

09/07/14

Judges from the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition will visit Aberdeen next month [August] as the city bids to lift the coveted horticultural prize once again.

Aberdeen is representing Scotland in the City Category of the competition and is thought to be the only original entrant since the initiative began in 1964.

The judges Roger Burnett and Jim Buttress will visit on Friday 01 August to inspect the efforts of the city and its many community groups over the past year.

They will assess the standard of horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.

Aberdeen City Council Housing and Environment Convener, Councillor Neil Cooney said: "Aberdeen's success in the Britain in Bloom competition has been well documented over the years and thanks to the hard work and dedication of all involved we have built up a reputation as a strong contender and the place to beat.

"We have a long and illustrious history with the competition, having won trophies on numerous occasions, first winning the Best Overall Trophy in 1965. It would be a fantastic achievement to repeat that triumph nearly 50 years later.

"Our continued success in this competition is thanks to the commitment of everyone involved, from Council staff to community groups and schools. They all play their part to help make the city a great place to work, live and play. I look forward to welcoming the judges in August and I am confident they will be impressed by the efforts of everyone who has worked so hard to reach this stage."

In addition to Britain in Bloom judging, the communities of Dyce, Cove and Peterculter will be assessed by judges from the Beautiful Scotland campaign this month [July]. Beautiful Scotland is a long-established community environmental improvement initiative managed in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society.

The three communities will be judged by Joe Smyth and Steven Mitchell on 29 and 30 July and scored on the same categories as the Britain in Bloom campaign.

Aberdeen also has 16 entrants in the It's Your Neighbourhood initiative, which marks a 1,500% increase from last year. It's Your Neighbourhood runs alongside the Beautiful Scotland initiative but, unlike Beautiful Scotland, it is non-competitive, with an emphasis on community participation rather than horticultural achievement.

Cllr Cooney added: "Aberdeen and its communities have a proud history in all the local and national horticultural competitions and initiatives. It is particularly heartening to see such a surge in the It's Your Neighbourhood project. Our officers work tirelessly to engage with and support communities who wish to make a difference to their neighbourhood and we would encourage more to get involved."

Aberdeen City Council organises and supports horticultural and environmental project all year round. Email cleanaberdeen@aberdeencity.gov.uk for details.