Two Aberdeenshire parks awarded renewed Green Flag status

Two Aberdeenshire Council parks have been awarded an international benchmark of a quality park or green space by an environmental charity.

Aden Country Park and Haddo Park are two of 73 parks across Scotland which have been given renewed Green Flag status by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

These parks join more than 1,700 across the UK, and further afield in New Zealand, Finland and Germany.

Green Flag Award winning parks and open green spaces are judged against eight strict criteria - including whether they are clean and well maintained, if the heritage is promoted and conserved, whether the local community is involved and if there is excellent management of the site.

Councillor Peter Argyle, chair of the Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee said: “It's wonderful to see that Aden Country Park and Haddo Park have received renewed Green Flag status from Keep Scotland Beautiful.

“It’s great credit to our teams within Landscape Services who put huge amounts of effort to keep our parks and green spaces clean and safe-to-use for visitors, as well as our residents who continue to take great pride in keeping Aberdeenshire a beautiful place to live in and visit.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “I would like to congratulate Aberdeenshire Council for receiving this prestigious benchmark at two of its parks this year. “It is pleasing to see their continued success and the number of Green Flag Awards in Scotland increasing year on year.

“Good quality green open spaces are vital to the health and wellbeing of local communities, families and individuals. Parks and open spaces are a fantastic asset - they are free to use and provide opportunities to exercise and socialise.”

Find your nearest Green Flag Award winning park or green space at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/parks