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Aden receives 4th prestigious Green Flag

Aden Country Park Green Flag AwardAden Country Park in Mintlaw will fly the prestigious Green Flag again this year after being recognised for its quality.

The Green Flag Award is the benchmark for a quality green space. They are administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the independent environmental charity.

ArboretumKeep Scotland Beautiful also runs the Seaside Awards programme, and there are currently nine beaches in Aberdeenshire which fly the Seaside Awards flag.

Parks are assessed by volunteer judges who usually have a background in parks management, conservation or ecology.

They judge against eight criteria testing whether the park or green space is: welcoming; healthy, safe and secure; clean and well-maintained; sustainable; manages conservation and heritage; has community involvement; markets itself, and has good management.

Carole Noble, Head of Environmental Services for Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This is great news for Mintlaw and Aberdeenshire. Aden Country Park is a great location for kids and adults - it joins the nine Seaside Award beaches we have here and shows how wonderful a place Aberdeenshire is for residents and visitors alike.

“We’re very proud of the Council, the park managers, and particularly of the local volunteers who work all year round in rain or shine to make our parks and beaches beautiful.

“Just like in our other campaigns such as Clean Up Scotland and Beautiful Scotland, great people make great places, and these awards are for them.”

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council's Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: "Aden Country Park is one of Aberdeenshire's great outdoor attractions, recognised by the fact it has now taken this award for the last four years running.

"Not many parks in Scotland are of such a high standard and I hope this recognition will persuade anyone who hasn't been to go along and see what's on offer.

"Credit is due to all those who work so hard to maintain and improve standards and I hope this gives them even more encouragement to keep up the good work."