Green flag award for Aden

Aden Country Park at Mintlaw has again been recognised as one of the country’s best green spaces with a prestigious Green Flag Award.

The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and recognises well managed and high quality green spaces.

Aden’s win this year is the third in succession and makes it the most northerly recipient of the award in the UK.

It stood out after impressing judges with its excellent use of green space, well-maintained facilities and high standard of safety and security.

Green Flag Award Submissions must use and meet the eight award criteria:

• A welcoming place

• Healthy, safe and secure

• Clean and well-maintained

• Sustainability

• Conservation and heritage

• Community involvement

• Marketing

• Management

Two judges were at the park in May and spent the best part of a day looking around and inspecting the various facilities.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “This is a fantastic achievement, a huge well done and all credit to the hard work and commitment from the staff involved.

“One of the aims of our country parks strategy is ‘to seek to achieve the highest possible standards consistent with the available resources including award status where achievable’.