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Views sought on Aden Restoration Project

Aden CourtyardFollowing the successful Aberdeenshire Council, Aden Country Park Restoration & Redevelopment application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People programme, views are being sought at the forthcoming Seedy Sunday event, taking place between 9am and 4pm in Aden Country Park on Sunday 19th March.

Although still at the very earlier stages of the project development, we recognise that it is essential to keep everyone informed about the project, and to provide ample opportunity for people to have their say.   

The Seedy Sunday event provides us with our first opportunity to speak with people who use the park, listen to their views, and encourage them to fill in our newly developed Aden Country Park Visitor Survey.   

The key aims of the Aden Restoration and Redevelopment project are to improve the use and enjoyment of the park, whilst enhancing, promoting, and conserving the rich natural, cultural, architectural and archaeological value of the site.

Improvements are intended to create a high-quality visitor destination in rural Aberdeenshire for present and future generations to enjoy. Proposals being developed for the future funding bid fall into three categories:

HLF Logo•    Park restoration works – conserving its historic elements
•    New physical works – addressing visitor needs
•    Proposed activities – establishing need and use for the future

The project will also tell the story of farming from the North East of Scotland within the Aden landscape, providing visitors with an opportunity to actively engage with Aden’s heritage, and the relationship between communities and the landscape over thousands of years.

Aberdeenshire Council have appointed Ironside Farrar Ltd as lead consultants for the Aden project, with Buchan Development Partnership (BDP) being appointed to help gather the views of the public at a variety of community consultation events.

Chris White, Area Manager for Buchan said:
“Aden Country Park is an important resource for both the local community and visitors to the area. We’re delighted that the restoration and redevelopment project is underway and that we are one step closer to enhancing and preserving the park for present and future generations to enjoy.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the project why not join us at the Seedy Sunday event this Sunday or alternatively visit the Aden Restoration & Redevelopment Project page on the Aden Country Park website.

If you are unable to attend the Seedy Sunday event but still want your views to be heard please follow the link to the online Aden Visitor Survey