There Will Always Be An England ( Scotland)
- Subject: [cg] There Will Always Be An England ( Scotland)
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 08:58:17 EDT
Imagine if our local municipalities highlighted our city funded gardeners this way? A different culture, for sure -
05 April 2004 10:18
The former Head Gardener at BBC Scotland's Beechgrove Garden has landed a lead role in preparing the city for this summer's 'In Bloom' competitions.
Steven Mitchell (33) - who has already taken up the newly created full-time post of Aberdeen in Bloom Officer - will be coordinating Aberdeen city Council's bloom initiative. He says: 'My main role will be to work closely with the Parks and Countryside Officer in developing Bloom initiatives throughout the city to ensure local residents, businesses and visitors are able to contribute to the environmental quality of Aberdeen.'
Councillor Ron Clark, Convenor of the Aberdeen in Bloom working group said: 'We welcome Steven's appointment in this key role. He has both the proven 'hands on' practical gardening experience and the excellent organisational skills necessary to help us work to improve the city's 'In Bloom' competition entries this year.'
Steven will also be responsible for identifying areas in the city for improvement; promotion of the 'In Bloom' competitions to the public and community groups; liasing with the public and community groups to encourage local In Bloom initiatives and co-ordinating the Aberdeen In Bloom Garden Competition.
For the past three years, Steven has worked as a Grounds Maintenance Officer with the City Council monitoring the quality of grounds maintenance as well as designing and specifying new planting schemes and horticultural features around the city. He has also carried out regular talks to various gardening groups on a range of horticultural topics.
Prior to joining the Council, Steven was Head Gardener for six years at the Beechgrove Garden where BBC Scotland's popular and long-running gardening programme is recorded.
Aberdeen enters various annual Bloom competitions in the summer months - Beautiful Scotland in Bloom, Britain In Bloom, and Communities in Bloom - which help to raise the profile of the city both locally and internationally. The city has a proud record of success in the competitions.
The 'In Bloom' initiative is regarded by the City Council as more than just a competition. It is intended to enhance the quality of the city for the benefit of local residents and visitors, and to encourage local residents to take a pride in their locality.