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Budding gardeners’ flower designs take root


Green-fingered pupils from Aberdeen primary schools have triumphed in the City Council's bulb-planting competition.

Budding gardeners included Primary 7 pupils, Isla Fiddes, Calum MacLean, Callum Neilson, Jack Lappin, Naomi Allan, Ethan Hampson & Hannah Leeds The competition involved 14 schools from across the city and encouraged children to design and plant flower beds.

Some of the designs spelt out school names and other messages while some simply covered grass areas with colour.

The competition was sponsored by Ben Reid Garden Centre and the bulbs were donated to the competing schools by Lubbe & Sons Ltd.

The winning design came from St Joseph's RC Primary School which was closely followed by Hazlehead Primary School and Scotstown Primary School.

Aberdeen City Council Housing and Environment Convener Councillor Neil Cooney said: "The pupils who took part in this competition must be commended for their fantastic efforts.

"All the designs were very imaginative and the planting will brighten up the school grounds and make a great impression for visitors to the schools.

"These types of projects are not only a great way to get young people involved in horticulture and learn about plant life, they also contribute to the wider aims of the city's Britain in Bloom campaign, which is something everyone can take pride in."

Simon Fraser, managing director of Ben Reid Garden Centre, added: "It is fantastic that kids from across the city got involved in planting bulbs through this project and can now see their creations spring to life.

"Congratulations to all involved."