An ELLON woman has condemned the state of a popular path along the banks of the Ythan.
Wendy Robertson regularly walks her dog along the riverbank route, which runs near Gordon Park.
But she said she had become embarrassed by the appearance of the pathway, with overhanging bushes on both sides and benches partially overgrown by shrubs and nettles.
Mrs Robertson said her views were shared by other dog walkers and users of the popular route.
She told the Times: “It used to be such a well-kept route but now there are parts of the path overgrown and some of the benches have nettles growing through them and you can’t sit down. There also used to be paths down to the river, but they’re now overgrown.
“It’s part of the Ellon circular walk but you wouldn’t know it. Parts of it have been cut but they seem to have not finished the job, especially round the benches. It looks really untidy. The main path round the park is fine.”
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “We would like to thank local people for drawing this to our attention. A team of people will be inspecting the area and will address the issues that have been raised.”