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Aden Restoration & Redevelopment Project

Introduction & Background
HLF LogoIn February 2016 Aberdeenshire Council applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People programme for an ambitious £1.8million restoration and redevelopment project for Aden Country Park in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire.

The project was assessed and approved by the HLF and in June 2016 Aberdeenshire Council was awarded a grant of £149,500 towards the project development phase. With funding support from Landscape, Cultural and Archaeology Services of Aberdeenshire Council, as well as non-cash contributions and voluntary commitment of the Friends of Aden and other voluntary groups, the development Aberdeenshire Logophase project totals £212,500.

Project Development Phase
During this important development phase, we must ensure that our project proposals match the needs and views of the local community and visitors to Aden.

Ironside Farrar Ltd have been appointed as lead consultants, and a variety of community consultation opportunities are being developed in partnership with Buchan Development Partnership (BDP). Once finalised the consultation opportunities will be circulated widely so that everyone has a chance to have their say.

The project development phase also supports the development of detailed design and planning documents, survey work, match funding applications, and the development of a more detailed second-round funding application to be submitted in February 2018, with our delivery grant request to the HLF Parks for People programme.

The vision is to enhance, promote, and conserve Aden’s rich cultural, architectural, archaeological and natural heritage, creating a sustainable, high quality visitor destination in rural Aberdeenshire for present and future generations to enjoy.

Our project will tell the story of farming from the North East of Scotland within the Aden landscape, providing visitors with an opportunity to actively engage with Aden’s heritage, and the relationship between communities and the landscape over thousands of years.

The Project
The main aspects of the project include:

Aden Courtyard•    The development of a wide range of interpretation methods to enable visitors to engage with Aden’s natural, built, cultural and archaeological heritage.
•    Improvements to the biodiversity of habitats for plants and wildlife.
•    The development of environmental, archaeological and heritage related volunteer and learning opportunities.
•    A new adventure play area aimed at children of all ages and abilities.
•    A new pond dipping platform, wildlife shelter, nature and heritage trails and outdoor learning classrooms.
•    The uncovering, recording, and interpretation of a series of significant archaeological sites including a Bronze Age settlement, lost Keith Tower and Stone Circle.
•    A range of improvements to visitor facilities such as a new interpretation centre.
•    Formal learning programmes and resources developed for schools to complement the curriculum for excellence.
•    The renovation, restoration and refurbishment of the Forester’s and Gardener’s Cottages which will create new enterprises to help sustain the park into the future.
•    The conservation of Aden’s designed landscape including the restoration and reinstatement of structures, features and planting along with the stabilisation of at risk buildings.
•    The delivery of a wide range of heritage related events and activities aimed at all types of audiences.

To keep informed with how the development phase of the project is progressing keep checking this section of the Aden Country Park website where we will post all Aden restoration and redevelopment project information, press releases and community consultation opportunities.

If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact Neil Shirran the Project & Funding Officer on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New & Updates:

•    Views sought on Aden County Park Restoration Project
•    Archaeology volunteer opportunities and open days at Aden
•    £149,500 HLF boost starts journey towards £1.4million Aden Country Park project

Your Views:

•    Complete our online Aden Visitor Survey


Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
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