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Aden allotments project to hold public meeting

The Aden Country Park allotments and community garden project is to hold its first public meeting on Wednesday 23rd May, at 6.30pm, in the award winning Aberdeenshire Farming Museum.

The meeting is being organised as part of an “Investing in Ideas” Big Lottery Funded project which Buchan Development Partnership are working with Aberdeenshire Council and the Friends of Aden Country Park 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.

The focus of the night will be to identify interest in the idea and to have an open discussion on what people want to see developed. The Aden Development Worker will briefly go through the initial analysis from the recently circulated allotments questionnaire, and will take the group to the possible allotment and community garden site identified by Aberdeenshire Council. 

Neil Shirran, Aden Development Worker said:
“We’ve had some really positive feedback through the allotment questionnaire and the meeting should help us formulate exactly what people want to be developed. By working with Aberdeenshire Council we have managed to identify a good site for the allotments and community gardens so if everyone agrees the location the next stage it to price up what needs done and get the money in place.

There is still time to fill in the online and offline questionnaire, so if you are interested in either obtaining an allotment for yourself or a community garden for your organisation, school, or community group please fill in a questionnaire by either visiting: 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 .

Tea and coffee will be offered on arrival but please bring warm clothes and suitable footwear as, we do (weather dependant) intend on walking to the proposed allotments and community garden site.

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