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WWI and Britain in Bloom floral crests brighten up Aberdeen gardens

09/07/14

The outbreak of the First World War and the 50th anniversary of the Britain in Bloom competition are being commemorated in Aberdeen through a series of floral crests.

Three have been planted in Union Terrace Gardens to complement the existing Bon Accord crest, while a further two have been planted in Rubislaw Terrace Gardens.

The three new Union Terrace Gardens crests commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and feature the logos for veterans' charity Erskine, the Gordon Highlanders and Poppyscotland.

The crests in Rubislaw Terrace Gardens commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Britain in Bloom competition and Aberdeen's involvement as an original entrant in 1964.

They have been planted beside the fountain which was commissioned to mark Aberdeen's consecutive wins in 1969, 1970 and 1971. The Britain in Bloom 50th anniversary logo and the Aberdeen in Bloom logo are depicted in the planting.

Aberdeen City Council Housing and Environment Convener Councillor Neil Cooney said: "Aberdeen City Council is delighted to be able to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War, and the contribution of Erskine, the Gordon Highlanders and Poppyscotland, with these floral tributes.

"Once they are in full bloom I hope people will come to the gardens and reflect on the conflicts of the past and present."

Cllr Cooney added: "The Britain in Bloom crests are also very fitting in what is a milestone year for the competition.

"These crests will help highlight Aberdeen's illustrious history with this competition and we look forward to the judges visiting us once again to view our entry as Scotland's representative in the 2014 competition."