Green Flag once again for Aden Park

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Aden 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 and is administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the independent environmental charity.

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.”

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, Peter Argyle, added: “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.”