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Growing Smarter with Aberdeen In Bloom
Growing Smarter is an initiative led by Aberdeen City Council that aims to improve the environmental quality of Aberdeen for residents and visitors. This is achieved through partnership working between council staff and local volunteer groups. The Growing Smarter partnership is at its most successful in Aberdeen's regular entries in the national In Bloom competitions.
In Bloom success
Britain In Bloom is a national environmental campaign run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). It allows participants to show off their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement.
Aberdeen won a fantastic Gold Medal award in Britain in Bloom 2014, fifty years since its first entry in the competition.
Growing Smarter is aiming to build on this success in Beautiful Scotland 2015.
You can view the Aberdeen In Bloom Portfolio 2014 here.
It's Your Neighbourhood
Fundamental to Aberdeen's In Bloom success is the involvement of local volunteer groups. These groups are involved year round in community litter picks, bulbs and tree planting, painting play equipment and creating floral displays.
Some groups have formalised their activities by registering for Keep Scotland Beautiful's free and non competitive It's Your Neighbourhood campaign. Participants are asked to focus on three core pillars of Community Participation, Environmental Responsibility and Gardening Achievement. Each entry is assessed against its own potential and there are five levels of achievement: Establishing, Improving, Developing, Thriving, or Outstanding.
In 2014 Aberdeen had 15 groups registered, each carrying out fantastic work in their local areas. You can find out more about their activities and others throughout Scotland: IYN Times 2014
You can find our more and register your group on It's Your Neighbourhood website.
City Garden Competition
The City Garden Competition celebrates the domestic, communal, allotment, business and school gardens of Aberdeen. Entries open in April with judging taking place during July/August.
- Steven Shaw
38 Powis Terrace
Aberdeen, AB25 3RF
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