Annual General Meeting

The Friends of Union Terrace Gardens AGM will be held on Saturday 14th of November at the Town House (St. Nicholas Room) at 10am-11:45am.
In addition to official business we will also provide an update on current projects. We would invite any interested members to put themselves forward for the committee before 7th of November, with a note of why you would like to take the position and what you can bring to the group. We have various projects ongoing in 2o16 and would appreciate both your expertise and support in delivering them.

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The Friends of Union Terrace Gardens are campaigning...

  • To continue to prevent large scale development in Union Terrace Gardens
  • To raise funds for events and facilities in the park.
  • For improvements in UTG such as proper disabled access and toilets.
  • For enhancements to the gardens such as the return of the draughts sets and summer entertainment
  • Work alongside environmental and wildlife bodies to help maximize the use of the park for urban wildlife.
  • Working with a wide variety of groups and organisations to improve the gardens and increase usage. We have held many events, in all seasons. These have included carol singing in the winter, The Big Picnic (2010, 2011) in the summer and a night time candles and acoustic event.


Union Terrace Gardens is a wonderful and unique, Victorian city center park that was under threat of destruction to make way for a new city public area that would be a mix between "an Italian piazza and Central Park"...

Aberdeen City Council and an un-elected quango, ACSEF, wanted to pass ownership of the gardens to a private company and replace them with a large concrete structure. 

ACSEF alone has cost over half a million pounds of public money so far, despite claiming to be funded by both the public and private sector.

The people of Aberdeen voted against the City Square Project 55% to 45%, despite many claims that the voting process was seriously flawed with answers defaulting to yes when voters and clearly commented "no" to the project. Despite this a much larger percentage of citizens voted than in other major consultations (the Edinburgh Trams for example), but Aberdeen City Council have decided to push forward with the destruction of the Gardens regardless. 

A subsequent referendum indicated that 55% of Aberdonians wished the City Garden Project to go ahead. However amidst many protests and accusations of parties attempting to circumnavigate the rules of the referendum, The City Garden Project was subsequently suspended by Aberdeen City Council. This does not mean the park will not be under threat in the future. 

This website is a place for all those interested in the campaign to get involved and help improve, maintain and protect the park.