Going ‘Wild About Aden’ two-day event

A TWO-DAY event at Aden Country Park is getting into full swing.

Since yesterday (Wednesday) visitors have been showing their appreciation for the park near Mintlaw at “Wild About Aden”, which is taking place during the national “Love Parks Week”.

In its second year, Wild About Aden hopes to build on last year’s success when more than 6,000 people attended over the two days.

This year’s event featuries a range of different family friendly activities including outdoor nature sessions for younger children and their parents, animal handling workshops, bush craft and a selection of rare breed animals from Doonies Farm and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

Wild About Aden is a partnership project involving, among others, Aberdeenshire Council Central Buchan Community Learning, the Ranger, Museum and Library Services, Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Doonies Farm.

It is hoped that the event will promote family learning opportunities through a range of hands-on learning, while raising awareness of the local environment and North-east farming heritage.

Wild About Aden has been planned to coincide with Love Parks Week.

Its aim is to encourage people into parks and green spaces across the country and to showcase the benefits which are obtainable from free, local resources and encouraging further promotion and reinvestment into such valuable, but often forgotten assets.

Neil Shirran, Aden development worker, said: “We wanted to celebrate Love Parks Week and we saw this as a great opportunity to be part of it.

“Sometimes I think people forget what fantastic parks and green spaces we have in Aberdeenshire and Wild About Aden really showcases what Aden Country Park has to offer.”

Wild about Aden runs from 10am until 3pm.