Alex Salmond has congratulated the groups involved in running Aden County Park in Mintlaw and Haddo Country Park, near Tarves, on achieving the Green Flag climate change award.
The initiative, which began in 1996, recognises the best green spaces in the country and assesses how welcoming, healthy, safe, clean and well-maintained they are.
Aden Country Park will fly the flag for the fourth year running while Haddo Country Park has achieved the accolade for the first time.
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.
The project is being led by Aberdeenshire Council, Haddo Estate, the National Trust for Scotland and the local community and Mr Salmond, has written to the groups to praise their achievement.
The Green Flag status is awarded by the charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and a record number of 59 flags have been distributed to Scottish parks and green spaces.
Mr Salmond 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.”