Aberdeen selected for Britain in Bloom as competition celebrates 50th anniversary
Aberdeen has been selected from more than 1,000 entrants to compete in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK finals 2014.
The competition, which recognises horticultural excellence, environmental responsibility and community participation, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Aberdeen's nomination for Britain in Bloom follows its success in last year's Beautiful Scotland competition, organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Britain in Bloom judges will visit the city this summer and meet Council and community representatives for a tour of local environmental projects.
Aberdeen will compete in the City category and will be assessed on horticultural displays and initiatives, local recycling schemes and conservation projects.
Judges will also look at the management of street furniture and public parks and assess how the city is responding to climate change and budget constraints.
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 seeing the city flourish when our Britain in Bloom campaign is in full swing and would encourage individuals or groups to get involved to help leave a lasting impression when the judges visit later in the year."
Stephanie Eynon, RHS Community Horticulture Manager, added: "This is a really special year to be a RHS Britain in Bloom finalist the 50th anniversary of the campaign and we would like to congratulate every group for reaching the finals.
"Of course, it is not all about beating fellow finalists; it is about volunteers of all ages and walks of life gaining recognition for their extraordinary efforts to improve streets and neighbourhoods in towns, villages and cities across Britain.
"The awards are our opportunity to say thank you and may I wish Aberdeen and every finalist the very best of luck in this golden anniversary year."
Carole Noble, Head of Environmental Services at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: "We know that the work of Beautiful Scotland groups to raise horticultural standards, improve environmental quality and reach out to their community, directly impacts almost a million people in cities, towns and villages across Scotland.
"The six Scottish finalists deserve a huge thank you from all of those in Scotland who reap the benefits, and we would like to wish them every success for 2014."
Britain in Bloom results will be announced during a ceremony in Bristol in October attended by representatives of all 74 finalists.