Shire parks in Green flag haul

Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that two parks from Aberdeenshire have been presented with a Green Flag Award this year in recognition of their high standards and quality outdoor space.

Aden Country Park and Haddo Country Park join more than 60 others from across the country that have received the prestigious award, with new entrants in Fife, Stirling, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Other established Green Flag Award parks and open spaces located in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee also retained their titles, as did green spaces in Fife, Midlothian and west-central Scotland.

Among those who were awarded a Green Flag Award for the first time this year were Pittencrieff Park in Fife, Ladywell Park in Stirling and Starbank Park in Edinburgh.

The Green Flag Award, administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, is a benchmark for quality green space. Parks are assessed by volunteer judges with a background in parks management, conservation or ecology. Applicants are judged against a testing criteria which includes assessing whether the park or green space is welcoming, safe, well-maintained and secure.