Public to get say in improvements to Buchan park
Team set to draw up new five-year blueprint on future of visitor attraction at Mintlaw
The public is being invited to help shape the future of one of the north-east’s most popular visitor attractions.
Work will begin soon on a five-year strategy for Aden Country Park at Mintlaw.
Aberdeenshire Council chiefs are to look at new ways of regenerating, promoting and making the most of the 230-acre site for future generations.
The park, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is home to the well-kept ruin of Aden Manor, a farming museum and a new garden of exotic and unusual trees.
Now the local authority has teamed up with the Buchan Development Partnership to investigate how the attraction could be improved.
The new strategy is being funded by Leader, the Scottish Government and European Commission programme to support rural Scotland.
Development Worker Neil Shirran has been appointed to lead the exercise.
“I'm really excited by the new challenge,” he said. “Aden Country Park is somewhere I visited often, both as a child and an adult". “I'm looking forward to working with all staff and the local community alike to try to maximise the use of the park and build on its reputation as the hidden jewel in Buchan’s tourism crown.”
He said members of the public can get involved by filling out an online questionnaire at www.surveymonkey.com/adencountrypark
The Aberdeenshire Museum Service, landscape services, rangers, cultural officers and Buchan area manager Chris White are also working with the Buchan Partnership on the plan.
Aden Park was once the grounds of one of the north-east’s biggest private estates. It was owned for almost 200 years by the Russells, of Aden, who transformed the area by planting trees and shrubs.
The family’s ruined mansion house is at the heart of the park.