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Aden Country Park is one of the UK's best parks

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

Green Flag Awards recognise and reward the best parks in the country and Aden Country Park impressed the judges with its excellent use of green space, well-maintained facilities and high standard of safety and security.

The park was judged for the award in May and two judges inspected the various facilities. The success makes the park the most northerly recipient of a Green Flag in the United Kingdom.

Iain Gabriel, director of Transportation and Infrastructure for Aberdeenshire Council said: “This is a fantastic outcome for Aden Country Park and the staff who work to maintain its excellent facilities.

“The Green Flag Award is a prestigious accolade and demonstrates to residents the high level of service which is available to them at the park.”

This year has seen the highest number of awards handed out – a record 1,200 Green Flags and Green Pennants across the UK compared to 1,013 in 2009.

Green Pennants are awarded to parks or green spaces managed by a community or voluntary group.

Only green spaces that are free to enter and open to the public are eligible to win an award through the scheme, which is run by environmental charities Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and GreenSpace.

Paul Todd, Manager, of the Green Flag Award Scheme, said: “It’s a remarkable achievement that so many parks have successfully reached Green Flag Award status this year. The staff running the parks work very hard throughout the year to ensure their facilities are maintained to a high standard and enjoyed by the entire community.

“As the recession bites and people look closer to home to enjoy the outdoors, the provision of high-quality, free open spaces is of particular importance.”