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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.
Growing Smarter won the city category in the qualifying Beautiful Scotland 2013 and is now representing Scotland in Britain in Bloom 2014.
It is 50 years since Aberdeen's first entry in the national competition and the team is going for gold in what is also Britain in Bloom's golden anniversary. Over the years the City has had numerous successes in both the Scottish and British competitions, and Growing Smarter is aiming to continue that success. You can view the Aberdeen In Bloom Portfolio 2013 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 2013 Aberdeen's Slopefield Allotments achieved an Outstanding rating. They were commended for their excellent community spirit achieved through their community hut and social media, as well as their support of local charities through selling surplus produce.
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 are open for 2014 with judging taking place during August.
To enter the competition, you will need to download, print and complete the printed entry form: Printed/ Downloadable City Garden Entry Form
Completed printed forms must be returned to the following address: Aberdeen City Council, Housing and Environment, 1st Floor, Kittybrewster Depot, 38 Powis Terrace, Aberdeen AB25 3RF.
Entries to be returned by 18 July 2014. Please note, the deadline date may be extended.
Entry forms are also available at the following venues: Customer Access Points, Community Contacts and Find My Nearest Library. Forms are also available at the Ben Reid Garden Centre, Countesswells Road and Parkhill Garden Centre, Dyce.
- Steven Shaw
38 Powis Terrace
Aberdeen, AB25 3RF
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