Aberdeen was crowned best city in Britain In Bloom at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) UK Britain In Bloom finals. The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said:

“It is fantastic for Aberdeen to be crowned best city in Britain In Bloom, and the award is a testament to all the hard work and effort put in not just over the last year, but for the last few years. Well done to everyone who contributed, from Aberdeen City Council environmental services staff who look after our parks, gardens and open spaces, to all the community groups and partners involved in making our city a beautifully blooming place.”

Aberdeen also won a Britain in Bloom Discretionary Award for showing excellence in growing communities.

Fiona Stalker from Radio Scotland's Out for the Weekend programme visited Johnston Gardens with Council Gardener David Shand to talk about the award. David Shand also has his ovn vlog The Council Gardener and in the current edition he gives hints and tips on hedge care, visits Nether Loirston Allotment Association and along with Councillor Jenny laing, Co Leader of Aberdeen City Council, visits Skene Square School Gardening Club.

It was a good night in general for Scotland at the Britain in Bloom awards - other Scottish winners include Linlithgow (Town category), Perth (Large Town category) and East Haven (Coastal Town category). Congratulations to all!