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Allotments & Community Gardens Survey

As part of an “Investing in Ideas” Big Lottery Funded project Buchan Development Partnership are working with Aberdeenshire Council to establish whether the local Buchan community would like to see the development of allotments and community gardens in the grounds of Aden Country Park.

An online questionnaire and offline paper based questionnaire has been developed to help identify the interest, suitability, and demand of the idea.  To complete the online questionnaire please visit: Alternatively if you would like a paper version of the allotment and community garden questionnaire please either pick-up a copy from the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum in Aden Country Park, or from Buchan Development Partnership, Area Office, Nethermuir Road, Maud. The Questionnaire can also be emailed or posted out by contacting Neil Shirran on 01771 613584 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Neil Shirran, Aden Development Worker said:
“Following on from the initial Aden Country Park community consultation, allotments and community gardens is something that seemed to generate real interest. With this questionnaire we really want to hear from local people who are genuinely interested in obtaining either an allotment for themselves or a community garden for their organisation, school, or community group”.

Neil added:
“There are a wide range of benefits to allotments and community gardens so I won’t be surprised if we are inundated with positive interest in the project. Not only are allotments and community gardens an obvious source of cheap fresh fruit and vegetables, but they also provide an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, reduce stress, improve well-being, are a good form of exercise, are a chance for children to learn where food comes from, and generally they provide a great opportunity to spend time outside enjoying nature”.

The Big Lottery Fund is actively supporting the Aden Allotments & Community Gardens Project. In addition the Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. For more information please visit