Ellon residents help boost local nature

Ellon bridge
Ellon bridge

Aberdeenshire Council recently announced they are working with Ellon residents, local school children and various conservation groups in order to improve biodiversity in the town’s parks.

It follows a consultation held earlier this year in which 95% of those who responded to the survey said they would like to see improvements that would benefit biodiversity and the environment.

With advice from the Conservation Volunteers and the North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership, local residents will help plant more trees and shrubs around the borders of Gordon and Auchterellon parks.

Grassland will also be allowed to grow long to encourage more wildlife including butterflies, goldfinches and hedgehogs.

However, football pitches and other areas used for formal sports and recreation will still be mown regularly.

Chairperson of the Fortmartine Area Committee, Councillor Rob Merson, said: “I am very happy to see local people taking pride and ownership of their parks, working to help wildlife flourish and thrive.

“Improved biodiversity will surely heighten residents’ enjoyment and appreciation of these green spaces.”

Councillor Paul Johnston, vice-chairperson of the Fortmartine Area Committee, said: “There will also be two community planting days on November 21 and 28, so I encourage as many people as possible to do their bit and take part.”

For further details on the community planting days contact 01358 726417 or email:formartine.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk