Green-fingered north-east groups celebrate blooming great haul of awards

Powis Residents Group won two awards.
Powis Residents Group won two awards.

Green-fingered workers and volunteers in the north-east have collected a big haul of national awards for their efforts.

Seven groups across the north-east received winning titles at this year’s Beautiful Scotland awards, including two gold medals, several silver gilts and a silver medal.

In Aberdeen, winners included the Powis Residents’ Group, which took home both a gold medal and the Residential Community Category Winner award.

Aberdeen Inspired received a silver gilt and the David Welch Memorial Award for Something Special and Cove in Bloom also got a silver gilt, plus a Garden for Life Biodiversity Award.

Both Culter in Bloom and Brighter Bucksburn received silver gilts.

In Aberdeenshire, Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group was awarded a gold medal, alongside the Community Horticultural Award and Brighter Bervie received a silver medal and the RHS Scotland Award for Overcoming Adversity.

The awards were held in Haddington on Thursday night and Pete Leonard, operations director of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “I would like to commend the groups from Aberdeen for their fantastic work.

“It is thanks to their efforts that local spaces and places they treasure are maintained to such high standards.”

Erik Stien, chairman of Culter in Bloom, said: “We’re happy about getting an award.

“I think it’s the third time we’ve got one of these. When you see the work the other groups do, it inspires us.

“We hope the visitors and residents realise what’s being done to try and enhance the environment for them. It’s easy to take it all for granted but it takes a bit of money and a good deal of effort.”

John Glover, chairman of Inverurie Environmental Improvement (IEI) added: “The award is the result of IEI working with local community groups, businesses and individuals to ensure that Inverurie town centre looks spectacular with the floral displays every year.

“It is recognition of the team effort and enthusiasm shown by these community groups, businesses and individuals for their efforts and their passion to make Inverurie a better place for all to enjoy.”

Growing Smarter, Granite City Aberdeen won the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Award in 2017, as well as the Best City Award.

This year it will represent Scotland in the City category of the RHS Britain in Bloom UK finals.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “As an organisation, we’re absolutely delighted for the city. As a city centre, we are up against lovely towns and cities.

“The David Welch Memorial Award is really special. We have done some really groundbreaking work.

“We’re delighted to be at the fore of Urban Bees. To be recognised at the awards was really quite fitting.

“We are working with third sector organisations, people who have had some real challenges. It’s getting these people in doing some worthwhile, meaningful stuff that’s been fantastic.

“We are really pleased. It’s about presenting the city centre to the business improvement district.”

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS head of community outreach, said: “Congratulations to this year’s Beautiful Scotland winners.

“Some of the creative ways Scottish groups have improved sustainability by recycling and reducing waste, got children involved in the growing and embraced wildlife-friendly planting have really shone.”