Local Folk set to go Wild About Aden
People of Buchan and the surrounding area are set to show how much they love Aden Country Park, in Mintlaw, by attending the forthcoming “Wild About Aden” event which is taking place during the national “Love Parks Week”. Wild About Aden is a free, two day event, which will take place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th July 2012, 10am to 3.00pm.
In its second year, Wild About Aden hopes to build upon the great success of last year where over 6,000 people visited the park over the two days. This year’s event will feature a range of different family friendly activities including: outdoor nature sessions for younger children and their parents; animal handling workshops; bush craft; a selection of rare breed animals from Doonies Farm and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust; circus skills; face painting, environmental art, Zoolab, mini beast hunt, mini Olympics, storytelling; treasure hunt, art by numbers, wildlife crime caravan, RSPB, tae kwon do demonstration, and Woodland Zumba!
Wild About Aden is a partnership project between Aberdeenshire Council Central Buchan Community Learning, the Ranger, Museum and Library Services, Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Doonies Farm, amongst others, and is designed to provide two days of family fun within the beautiful setting of Aden Country Park. It is hoped that the event will promote family learning opportunities through a range of hands on experiential learning, whilst raising awareness of the local environment and North East farming heritage.
Wild About Aden has been planned to coincide with Love Parks Week. The aim of which is to encourage people into parks and green spaces across the country and to showcase the benefits which are obtainable from free, local resources and encouraging further promotion and reinvestment into such valuable, but often forgotten assets.
Paul Bramhill, Chief Executive of GreenSpace, who organises Love Parks Week said: “Love Parks Week encourages friends, families, the young and old, to come together and enjoy what our parks and green spaces offer. People must never forget that these spaces provide many opportunities for friendships, education, health, exercise and simple play and fun. Let’s remind and celebrate their meaning, get behind Love Parks Week and the Wild About Aden event.”
Neil Shirran, Aden Development Worker, said: “The second Wild About Aden event should prove to be a really fun, enjoyable two day event for all the family. We wanted to celebrate Love Parks Week and we saw this as a great opportunity to be part of it. Sometimes I think people forget what fantastic parks and green spaces we have in Aberdeenshire and Wild About Aden really showcases what Aden Country Park has to offer.”