Green Flag for North-east parks

An exterior view of Haddo House. Summer 2008.
An exterior view of Haddo House. Summer 2008.
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Two North-east parks have been awarded a top environmental honour.

The Green Flag has been given to Haddo Country Park for the first time and to Aden Country Park for the fourth year running.

Keep Scotland Beautiful awards the Green Flag status and a record number of 59 flags have been distributed to Scottish parks and green spaces.

The total number of flags, administered by the charity, is up by eight on last year.

The first phase of a major regeneration project at Haddo Country Park has recently been completed and a new adventure playground opened at the beginning of July.

Other work included specialist conservation works to monuments, structures, paths and plantings at the site, and a new visitor centre at the stables courtyard.

The project is being led by Aberdeenshire Council, Haddo Estate, the National Trust for Scotland and the local community.

Alex Salmond, SNP MSP for Aberdeenshire East, has written to the groups to praise their achievement.

He said: “I am delighted that Aden Country Park has achieved the prestigious Green Flag award for the fourth time which highlights the on-going work to improve sustainability in the local area and wider community.

“It is wonderful that Haddo Country Park has been recognised for the first time and this is a great reward for the work that has gone into this project so far.”

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Scotland’s green spaces are going from strength to strength, with more parks flying the Green Flag than ever before.

“This is a reflection of how determined an increasing number of local authorities and park managers now are to make their parks the highest quality green spaces they can be.”