Aberdeenshire Provost, Jill Webster, recently visited a council-run nursery project which helps to keep towns and villages beautiful.
The Aden Nursery produces and nurtures 290,000 bedding plants before distributing them to council services and 145 towns and villages across Aberdeenshire for free.
The Provost, accompanied by Depute Provost, Councillor Norman Smith, visited Aden Country Park on Friday, May 31 to see the nursery before the flowers and plants are delivered to venues across Aberdeenshire.
She also visited some of the many other facilities on the 230-acre country park and spent time with some school pupils who were making the most of what Aden has to offer.
Aden Country Park has been awarded Green Flag status for the last three years running and is the only country park north of Dundee to have received the environmental award.
The Provost said: “Aden Country Park is one of Aberdeenshire’s great gems and I have had a great day meeting staff and finding out more about all the facilities that are on offer. The Community Bedding Partnership is a brilliant venture which, as well as creating beautiful towns and villages all over Aberdeenshire, helps residents to develop a sense of pride in their locality and create a real community spirit. The staff here do a wonderful job and they are so efficiant they get the plants ready at just the right time.”
During her visit, she also went to the Mintlaw Discovery Centre where P2 pupils of Maud School were unwrapping the latest arrival, a replica Egyptian mummy.
The Provost was given a guided tour of the varied facilities at Aden Country Park and had a chance to speak with staff.
At Aden Farming Museum, she met pupils from St Fergus School who were taking part in a range of activities coordinated by the Buchan Heritage Society, in partnership with the council’s Arts Education Team. The activities give primary pupils a chance to experience Doric culture, including dance, music, story-telling, as well as an introduction to the history of farming.
She also spent time with pupils from Mintlaw Academy who are taking part in a film-making project at the country park. Councillor, Norman Smith, said: “We currently have the Aden Park Working Group who are working hard to promote the park which I call, the jewel in the crown of Buchan. I think we need to do all we can to promote it and get people along.”