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Growing Smarter with Aberdeen In Bloom

Growing Smarter 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 Gold Medal award and the City Category in Britain in Bloom 2016.

Growing Smarter now aims to build on this success when it completes in Britian in Bloom Champion of Champions 2017.


  In Bloom Success

You can view the Aberdeen in Bloom Portfolio 2016  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 23 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 2016

You can find our more and register your group on It's Your Neighbourhood website.


City Garden Competition

City Garden Competition

The City Garden Competition celebrates the domestic, communal, allotment, business and school gardens of Aberdeen. 

Closing dates for entries was 14th July 2017. Entry is now closed.

Judging will take place during July/August.






  • Environmental Services
    Project Support Officer
    38 Powis Terrace
    AB25 3RF

       03000 200 292

       Garden Competition
       Pat Wilson, Project Support Officer
       38 Powis Terrace
       AB25 3RF
       01224 489441




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