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Friends and Willowbank to open Aden Shop

Aden Shop 4The Friends of Aden Country Park and Willowbank Day Services are to start a new venture together by working in partnership to manage and administer the Aden Shop located in the scenic, calming setting of Aden Country Park in Mintlaw. The Aden Shop is to open on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September tying in with the annual vintage tractor day event.

The Aden shop will offer a range of items including children's toys, and a range of locally made arts and crafts including cards, bags, scarfs, and jewellery, all at fair prices. In the future the Friends of Aden also aim to sell Aden souvenirs, postcards, and books and CDs of local interest.

Sarah Wilken, Friends of Aden Country Park Treasurer said:
“This is a really exciting new venture for our group; from the community consultation carried out it is clear to us that people want to see the shop in Aden selling local produce and things of interest for tourists and children alike. We are also delighted to be working in partnership with Willowbank and to support the great work they do”.

“On a personal note my grandfather used to work in Aden as a gardener when the park was first opened to the public by Banff and Buchan Council, so to be able to contribute to the opening of the Aden Shop feels like I’m following in his footsteps”.      

Aden Shop 2The Aden Shop will open on Saturday 29th September from 10am to 4pm. On week days Willowbank users will man the shop between 10am to 3.30pm with the Friends of Aden volunteers manning the shop at weekends between 10am and 4pm.

Una Simpson, Willowbank Day Service Manager said:
“This is not only a great opportunity for the users of Willowbank to engage with the local community, but it is also a chance for us to support the Friends of Aden Country Park. We are very excited about this new endeavour and hope the local community gets behind the initiative”.   

So if you're looking for that unique, handmade, special gift; something to keep the kids amused; or you simply want a souvenir of your great day out in Aden Country Park, be sure to drop in past the Aden Shop, a warm welcome awaits. In addition if you do decide to buy something you'll be safe in the knowledge that you are not only helping to support local artists and craft makers, you'll also be helping to support Willowbank, and the Friends and Aden Country Park.

Aden Shop 1If you would like to help the Friends of Aden Country Park by volunteering for a few hours in the shop, helping with events, or in other ways, we'd love to hear from you. If interested please visit The Friends of Aden Country Park web page for more information. Alternatively email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you are interested to find out more about the Aden Shop please visit the Aden Country Park Shop web page. In addition if you would like to know more about Willowbank Day Services please visit the Willowbank Day Services web page.