North-east garden groups are applying the final touches to their hard work this week as judging for a national competition begins.
Chiefs from the Beautiful Scotland campaign will visit nominated projects ahead of the awards presentation in October.
A total of eight organisations from the north-east are taking part – including Aberdeen Inspired, Brighter Bucksburn, Cove In Bloom and Culter In Bloom.
Wendy Suttar of Cove In Bloom said preparations were well under way for their judges’ visit tomorrow morning.
She said: “We are just adding the finishing touches ahead of the judges’ visit. We have been struggling with the unexpected dryness due to the hot weather – which isn’t normally something we have to worry about. As a result we have had to increase how often we water the beds and planters.”
Cove In Bloom, which has around 15 regular volunteers and up to 30 temporary helpers, will take the award judges on a two-and-a-half hour tour of Cove followed by a 15-minute presentation on the group’s work throughout the year.
Wendy added: “This year was particularly difficult but it’s really brought Cove together – we enjoy doing it and we just want Cove to look good. We are all so pleased that the place looks as good as it does.”
Chairman of Culter In Bloom Erik Stein was also excited about showing the judges the community’s new additions.
He said: “We have been able to invest in some new ‘self-watering’ containers which have a built-in reservoir. A new feature on the tour this year will be a striking locally-designed stone construction to welcome visitors from Aberdeen.”