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Budding gardeners’ award-winning flower bed designs poised to take root


Green-fingered pupils from three Aberdeen primary schools have helped their award-winning flower bed designs take root.

Seeing their designs take root are,Ibene Ataboe, Emily Munroe & Louise Fenwick. The children were triumphant in the Aberdeen in Bloom Design a Flower Bed competition. Now their designs will take pride of place next to one of the major entrance routes into the city, Great Southern Road.

Three flower beds have been planted, one for each of the three categories in the competition – Primary 1-3, Primary 4-5 and Primary 6-7.

Culter Primary School pupil Emily Munroe was named winner in the first category, while Ibene Ataboh from Kingswells Primary School took the top prize in the second category. Louise Fenwick, a pupil at Kirkhill Primary School, had the winning design in the Primary 6-7 category.

All three schools received £100 garden centre vouchers and the winning pupils and their classmates and teachers were invited to help with the planting.

Councillor Jean Morrison, vice-convener of Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment Committee, said: "Every school which took part in this competition must be commended for their efforts.

"The winning designs are superb and will make a real difference to a major entrance route into the city, providing a fantastic first impression for anyone arriving in Aberdeen from the south.

"The flower beds will also play a vital role in the city's entries for the national Bloom competitions, which helps the city on the whole to flourish."

Duthie Park manager Alan Findlay added: "The Aberdeen in Bloom campaign is a fantastic opportunity for residents, businesses and schools to showcase their communities and improve the environmental quality of the city.

"Each year we work closely with local communities, encouraging the involvement of all city residents. We are always seeking ways of encouraging participation from various members of the community and the school flower bed competition is always a popular event.

"I am in no doubt the children's winning designs will help further enhance the appearance of Aberdeen and I look forward to seeing them in bloom."