Green Times Summer

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Green Times summer

Transport transformations

sustainable transport

City sustainable transport projects are aiming to help improve air quality, support public transport and reduce congestion.

A Roads Hierarchy and a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), were approved by Aberdeen City Council in June. These look to capture and lock-in-the-benefits from the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) and give more priority to sustainable transport modes in the city centre.

The Roads Hierarchy means main roads around Aberdeen are to be reclassified and junctions realigned. This is to encourage motorists to use the AWPR and move traffic away from crossing the city centre.

The SUMP identifies measures to enable and encourage residents and visitors to travel on foot, bike, public transport, or other low-emission forms of transport.

The SUMP was developed as part of the EU funded project Civitas PORTIS . Aberdeen is a partner in this project, which looks at sustainable transport solutions in port cities. Find out more


First graduate for work experience programme

graduate project craster

A programme rolled out by the Council’s, Environmental Services, is helping young adults transition into life after school.

The initiative aims to build confidence, knowledge, skills and health and safety awareness, through gardening. It lasts 12-16 weeks, and covers two hours a week.

The first graduate, Dylan, has completed a placement at Victoria and Westburn Park.

During the experience he had the opportunity to learn a range of skills including; formative pruning, turf maintenance, feathering of trees, sowing seed and trenching. Dylan was also involved in  mowing the grass and helped to establish the Skene Square Nursery group allotment at Westburn Park.


Schools get growing with Project Craster

Save Project Caster

City school pupils are being encouraged to learn about growing vegetables, through Project Craster.

Aberdeen City Council can provide a Save Craster Pack to any city primary school that wants to grow their own.

34 city primary schools are already taking part, ranging from nursery to primary 7s. The project enables children to get outside, have fun and learn about the environment.

The campaign is based around the friendly bear Craster, who is unable to get honey, his favourite breakfast feast. Primary Schools in Aberdeen can help, by growing plenty of fruit and vegetables, so bees can harvest the nectar needed to make honey.

To find out more contact projectcraster@aberdeencity.gov.uk


Celebrating Aberdeen Blooms

in bloom

Green fingered residents have the opportunity to show off their brilliant blooms during judging for the city's annual garden competition.

Competition judging will take place between 15 July - 2 August.

Residents were able to enter in categories of garden displays, other displays, wildlife friendly garden, city allotments, and school garden.


Growing skills at Duthie Park

Garden makeover

S3 pupils from Robert Gordon's College visited Duthie Park to grow their gardening skills, as part of the school Activities Week.

The pupils went on to put their knowledge to good use, with work on several charity garden makeovers including:

A garden where local charity, Inspire, provide supported accommodation for adults and young people with learning disabilities. The pupils dug out the overgrown weeds and learned to plan, budget and plant out flower beds.

Work at Woodend Hospital, where the pupils helped some of the volunteers to tidy up the walled gardens, filling 62 bags of weeds and leaves, before planting out some new plots.


Collaborative Power of Plants Day

Pwer of Plants

A Power of Plants event was held in May, as part of the fifth international ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ co-ordinated by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).

Pupils from two local schools took part in workshops to find out more about the power of plants. The pupils learned about the science of extracting DNA from strawberries and had the opportunity to explore the David Welch Winter Gardens, discovering the variety of plants it holds, their uses and how they impact on our daily lives.

The workshops were run by Robert Gordon University’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences; and the Duthie Park Ranger Service.


Learning how to plant and grow

Walker Road

Pupils from Walker Road Primary School have been digging in to learn about planting vegetables and looking after their own small vegetable plot, at Duthie Park.  

The Outreach and Training Officer from Duthie Park visited the school at the beginning of the summer term and provided the class with a talk on the benefits of eating fresh vegetables.

The pupils then picked a selection of potatoes, peas, lettuce and onions to plant and tend to at plots in the Community Garden, at Duthie Park. The pupils were able to harvest some radishes and lettuce to take back to the school at their last visit to the park, before the summer holidays.

Planting and looking after the plots was helped by representatives from the Royal Horticulture Society of Aberdeen; and Duthie Park, ParkForce volunteers.


News updates and events

  • Aberdeen EcoCity Awards 2019 entries are now open for this award scheme recognising local efforts to look after the environment and make Aberdeen a more sustainable city. 

  • Take an online tour around the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) station and learn more about hydrogen innovation in the city.

  • Glitter pick helps the city sparkle - 548 local volunteers gathered 321 bags of litter  during a 24-hour litter pick across Aberdeen in June.

  • EcoSchool Achievements - learn about local Green Flag awards from Eco-Schools Scotland, acknowledging whole school action on sustainable development.

  • Summer Outdoor Adventures - check out the Countryside Rangers events guide.