Edinburgh blooms at Eurocities awards

Edinburgh, alongside Gothenburg and Milan, was revealed last night as a winner of the 2015 EUROCITIES awards at a prestigious ceremony in Malmo.

The cities were selected by an independent jury for their projects on 'sustainable growth and quality of life.'

Edinburgh’s winning project was ‘Edinburgh In Bloom’, which brings individuals and organisations together to help make Edinburgh more sustainable. Community participation is an important aspect of the initiative, which funds community projects and helps set up groups and mobilise volunteers. For example, the 'garden share' scheme allows people without a garden grow food and flowers.

Edinburgh’s Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, welcomed the award win. She said: “This is a huge accolade for Edinburgh and proof that the city has some of the finest green spaces in Europe. I am delighted that the hard work that is carried out by the Council and the many volunteers and partners who work across the city has been recognised in this way. Edinburgh is a stunning city and our parks are at the heart of many of our communities. Edinburgh In Bloom is a real success story for the capital and I want to congratulate and thank everyone who helps to keep our parks clean, green and beautiful.”

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