Aberdeen’s name was up in lights at the Britain in Bloom awards on Friday evening – but there’s no intention of resting on our laurels. Already the plans and preparations for 2018 are well underway in what is a year-round operation to add colour to all corners of the city.
Congratulations go to all who played their part in the latest award win, with a gold medal for Aberdeen in the prestigious Champion of Champions category and Seaton Park crowned winner of the Parks and Green Spaces prize. Both are fantastic achievements in the face of competition from towns and cities the length and breadth of Britain.
It follows on from the recognition at the Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards, with a clutch of prizes returning from the recent ceremony in Fife to the north-east.
The Growing Smarter initiative claimed both the City Trophy and the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society prize whilst Aberdeen Inspired collected the VisitScotland Award for Tourism and Dyce in Bloom lifted the Urban Community Trophy.
Both ceremonies are highly regarded and are the result of a flurry of activity earlier this year as judges from both Keep Scotland Beautiful and Britain in Bloom paid their annual visits to the north-east.
I had the pleasure of meeting the Britain in Bloom judges at Duthie Park at the start of their tour and the surroundings were fitting, a perfect snapshot of what we have to be proud of. The redevelopment of Duthie Park has reinvigorated that part of the city and in all corners of Aberdeen there are projects which bring colour and a feel-good factor.
Aberdeen has enjoyed fantastic success in both the Scottish and British awards over the years, with prizes across a variety of categories, and the recognition is a great credit to the many, many people who work so hard.
Whilst the judging takes place over a matter of days, creating and maintaining the fantastic parks, gardens, greenspaces and displays is a labour of love all year round for those who tend to them.
Our dedicated and skilled Council staff play a major part, but do not work alone. Through the network of friends groups which work tirelessly to promote and support our parks, community groups, community councils and other volunteers there is a great spirit of togetherness – with everyone working to the same goal.
It’s easy to take for granted, but the endorsement we have had from such respected outside bodies is a very welcome reminder that we live in a beautiful part of the country which we aim to make the very best of.
My thanks go out to all those involved in making Aberdeen such a vibrant and attractive city for residents and visitors alike.
Cllr Jenny Laing