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11 April 2020
Though we are still in lockdown we are still planning to plant up for summer in June - as we have lf course already ordered the plants! Aberdeen City Council will be hanging up our lamp post baskets for us this year and we expect to deploy some new "self-watering" containers on North Deeside Rd. In the autumn.we will plant some new decorative trees and flowering shrubs at the orchard - and autumn planting all along North Deeside Rd  will take place in September as usual..

3 April 2020.
After a long silence we've resumed entering notes on this site for friends and supporters of Culter in Bloom. It's the Coronavirus crisis which has driven us back to the website, having relied over the last few years only on internal notices to our members and occasonal articles in the Culter Courier! We hope to keep things more up to date in future!. Meantime if you have any ponts of interest, suggestions  or questions about us, you can use "contact us"
on this site or search for us on Facebook.

12 February 2016
Today is our annual social meeting for friends and supporters in the Heritage Hall. Chairman Erik Stien will give the annual report on our work by the committee, and along with deputy chair Sandy Cook will run through the presentation made to the Breautiful Scotland judges when they visited Culter on 29 July last year, The evening will conclude with a quiz, the prize of aftenoon tea for two is being donated by Mains of Drum Garden Centre.

10 September 2015
A Silver Gilt Award was presented to our team at the Beautiful Scotland awards ceremony in Perth today. It is the fifth award for our group. The category was won this year by Dyce, also with a Silver Gilt. In their comments on our submission and the tour in August, judges Steven Mitchell and Julia Corden complimented us on this year's floral displays in the village and in particular the glorious wildflower area at the end of the former station platform. They also  praised  Culter's sense of its heritage and its pride of place after a brief visit to the Heritage Centre, and commended the joint City Council and Culter in Bloom Community Orchard initiative on the former waste ground at Millside Street.

21 October 2014
The Great War  began 100 years ago and its centenary is being marked in many ways across the whole country. In Culter this will take the form of the creation of  a community orchard at the western entrance to the village,. The area is located between Millside Road, Kennerty Road and North Deeside Road and is presently only in rough grass. The land was  donated by Barratt housebuilders, who are also donating a sum towards the purchase of plants. Culter in Bloom will lead the planting and care of the trees after preparation of the ground by the City Council.  "It  will  become  a permanent commemoration of the sacrifices of Culter men who perished in both World Wars, and we are grateful to Barratts and the city council for helping to see through this worthwhile project" said CIB chair Erik Stien.

 5 Sept 2014 - it's Silver Gilt - again!
Culter in Bloom has been awarded a Silver Gilt certificate in the annual Beautiful Scotland competition - the fourth time the award has been gained by our planting group. The category we entered . - Urban Communities- was won by Uddingston, also with the same Silver Gilt Award, but with a few extra points in the three categories of the strictly-assessed competition. Points are gained for  Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Support. CIB member Malcolm Sharp collected our award certificate at a prestigious cermeny held in Dundee during the city's annual Food and Flower Fair. It can be seen - along with all our other certificates and awards - in Culter Library.

30 August 2013
We held an inauguration ceremony for "St Peter of Culter" our new West end village entrance feature. Lynn Smitth, chief executive of Aberdeen Forward, our main sponsor for this project, unveiled a plaque explaining the heritage influences in the design and acknowledging the sponsors who made it possible. Our first photo shows Lynn with Ian Anderson, the local garden designer and lecturer who created the concept and the detailed computerised drawings for the overlapping metal plates, which create the stunning silhouette effect of a face on passers by approaching from either side. In due course the festure will be surrounded by both ornamental and local Scottish flowers, bulbs and shrubs.Not much sign of these yet - give us time!

15 Feb 2013 Annual Social Success
Our annual social meeting in the Heritage Hall was well attended by volunteers, sponsors and supporters. After a resume of 2012 progress and plans for the coming year from Chairman Erik Stien, the group heard a talk on the restoration project at the Duthie Park by ACC Outreach and Training officer  Arthur Gill, followed by stovies, a raffle and lively socialising. Our photo shows the speaker with CIB treasurer Catherine Lacy and some of the audience.

26 Sept 2012 - A new "Face" for Culter
We've been working on a plan for an innovative feature to welcome visitors coming into the village from Royal Deeside. We wanted something different from and more imaginative than the usual “big rock” which adorns the entrance to quite a few communities in these parts – and we think we’ve succeeded! We’ve received superb help from Ian Anderson, a garden designer and lecturer at SAC who lives just across the river in Kirktown of Maryculter and has undertaken several community projects in other areas.  You can see an impression of his design in the library and full details on the ACC planning application which we've entered .
The new sculpture planned for the Western entrance

Ian has brought together into a single striking image, the silhouette of a face made from overlapping metal plates, three major influences from the long history of Peterculter. These are the name itself, given by the ancient Knights Templar in dedication to St Peter, the dramatic waterfall at the Culter burn gorge, and the rollers of the paper mill which first made the village grow.  The figure will be surrounded by low stones bearing the village name in gold Roman lettering - as a reminder of the ancient  Roman marching camp at nearby Normandykes! As you’d expect from Culter in Bloom we’ll also aim to put in and maintain attractive planting around it

13 Sept 2011 - Success with a Silver Gilt

Culter in Bloom has won a Silver Gilt Award certificate in the Beautiful Scotland Competition - the second Silver Gilt in our fourth year of entering the contest. CIB committee member Malcolm Sharp received the award certificate from TV and theatre star Johnny Beattie at the awards ceremony in Rothesay, Bute on Monday 11th September. Culter
won second place in the Urban Community category, which had eight entrants. The trophy for the winning community in this category was won by nearby Aberdeen suburb Dyce - also with a Silver Gilt award, but with a slightly higher overall points score.

Aberdeen won the City category against competition from Dundee and Glasgow, and also picked up the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society cup for the local authority demonstrating the highest quality of horticultural standards
in public parks and gardens.
Malcolm Sharp with our Silver Gilt certificate

1 August 2011 - Judgement day once more

posted Jul 30, 2011, 11:32 AM by Erik Stien   [ updated Sep 25, 2012, 2:45 AM ]

The "wee train" at the bottom of St Ronans Drive - one of our showpieces for the judges

The " wee train " at the bottom of St Ronans Drive - one of our showpieces for the judges

Beautiful Scotland judges Stan da Prato and Andrew Hogarth were back in Culter assessing the village for an award in the Urban Community category. Catherine Lacy has prepared a portfolio and Erik and Catherine  toured the village for two and a half hours, followed by afternoon tea in the Heritage Hall. We'were hard at work sweeping,   weeding, and encouraging householders and businesses to do the same - you must have seen us!

May 2011 - Wildflowers for Coronation Park

posted May 23, 2011, 11:24 AM by Erik Stien   [ updated May 23, 2011, 11:42 AM ]


May 23rd  Eight young pupils of Primary 6 at Culter School have "gone green" for Culter by planting over 200 wildflowers in the rough grass of Coronation Park today. The flowers were "plugs", recommended by Forvie Tree Nursery, a specialist in wldflowers, who reared them specially for Culter in Bloom. They should stand tall enoough to show above  the grass and wildflowers already there,  while enriching the variety and providing a spread of seasonal colour - oxeye daisy, pink and red campion, meadow buttercup, meadow cranesbill and tufted vetch. The photo above shows some of them hard at work with Culter in Bloom member Malcolm Sharp.  Donald Macdonald and Erik Stien also assisted.

April 2011 - Cleaning up Culter

posted Apr 23, 2011, 2:36 PM by Erik Stien   [ updated Apr 23, 2011, 2:54 PM ]

A large number of supporters turned up for two annual "Clean up Culter" litter picks arranged by CIB secretary Carol Page. On Saturday 16th April. local residents and Deeside Rotary Club members combed the village, and the  following Tuesday senior pupils from the school cleaned up the school pitch and Coronation Park area. Thanks to all!

Feb 11 - Annual Social

posted Feb 19, 2011, 5:27 AM by Erik Stien

We held our annual social event for volunteers and sponsors in the Heritage Hall on Friday 18th February - another great success! After Chair Erik Stien gave his annual report ( you can read it on this site in the  Minutes of Meetings
page) we had a talk from Colin Stirling, a horticultural adviser and regular contributor to the Beechgrove Potting Shed radio programme. Our picture shows CIB members Ruth, Carol and Jean making the draw in our well-supported raffle,

posted Oct 25, 2010, 2:46 PM by Erik Stien

Aug 10 - Judging visit

posted Oct 19, 2010, 8:03 AM by Erik Stien   [ updated Oct 19, 2010, 8:14 AM ]

In August Beautiful Scotland judges Stan da Prato and Andrew Hogarth visited Culter to assess us for the  national awards scheme. They toured the village, meeting local residents and  business people as well as members of CIB. Here you see them at the unveiling of one of our latest projects - the Lovers Walk plaque - which was supported by Balmoral Group, Aberdeen City Council Countryside Rangers Department and Aberdeen Greenspace.

From left - Erik Stien (CIB), Ian Talboys (Countryside Rangers), judges Andrew Hogarth and Stan da Prato, and Alister Clunas,(Aberdeen Greenspace)

Sept 10 - It's Silver Gilt for Culter

posted Oct 19, 2010, 7:41 AM by Erik Stien   [ updated Oct 19, 2010, 7:58 AM ]

Our members Catherine, George and Ruth went to the Beautiful Scotland  awards ceremony  in September - and were awarded a Silver Gilt certificate for Culter in the Urban Community category. This is the highest award  we''ve received so far and effectively placed us second in the Scottish category which included ten entrants.  Uddingston, the national winners, now go forward to the national Britain in Bloom competition in 2011.

posted Oct 17, 2010, 12:21 PM by Erik Stien

Culter School Sensory Garden

posted Oct 17, 2010, 12:19 PM by Erik Stien   [ updated Oct 25, 2010, 2:41 PM ]

Last summer we were  busy creating a "sensory garden" at Culter School - with the help of the pupils of course - however work has temporarily come to a stop until some overhanging trees can be cleared..

posted Oct 17, 2010, 12:06 PM by Erik Stien   [ updated Oct 20, 2010, 12:09 PM ]

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