Parks across the north-east have received a prestigious environmental award – with one also being given a £1.2 million funding boost.
Five parks in Aberdeen and two in Aberdeenshire were awarded Green Flag status by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.
In Aberdeen, Duthie, Hazlehead and Seaton Parks, plus Johnston Gardens, all renewed awards given previously.
Meanwhile, Victoria Park received the recognition for the first time.
Aden Country Park in Mintlaw and Haddo Country Park near Methlick also renewed their accolades this year.
And it was a double boost for Aden as the park also scooped a £1.25m cash boost from The National Lottery as part of the Parks for People programme.
The money will be used towards supporting the major restoration and redevelopment of Aden’s historic buildings, as well as the creation of a new play area, improvements to accessibility and signage.
The funds will also go towards uncovering a series of archaeological sites, including a Bronze Age settlement, stone circle and First World War trenches.
The entire project is expected to cost £2.13m, with the rest of the cash coming from other sources. Work is due to start before the end of the year and will take five years to complete.
Buchan area committee chairman Norman Smith said: “Aden is a wonderful asset, not only to the communities of Mintlaw, Peterhead and the Buchan area, but to the rest of Aberdeenshire.
“This is something which is very welcome and I would like to give my thanks to the staff from the Buchan Development Partnership and to the Friends of Aden for their work and support to secure this funding.”
Lucy Casot, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “Aden Country Park is enjoyed by all ages as a place to relax and reconnect with nature away from the pressures of daily life.”
The Green Flag Award accolade is the international benchmark of a quality park or outdoor space and is given annually to areas that meet strict criteria.
Across Scotland there are 71 parks which have achieved the status and more than 1,700 across the UK and internationally.
Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee chairman Peter Argyle said: “Aden and Haddo are true jewels in the Aberdeenshire crown.
“They are hugely popular attractions and are visited by many people from this area and beyond each year.
“Their history, heritage and beauty make them instantly recognisable and it is reassuring to see these awards statuses renewed.”
Meanwhile, Peter Stephen, chairman of the Friends of Victoria and Westburn Park group, spoke of his delight about the park gaining Green Flag Award status. “It’s terrific news,” he said. “The group has been working very hard alongside Aberdeen City Council to produce a park that would qualify.
“This will help us in our bid to get more funding for the park.”
It is also the third year Seaton Park has been recognised in the awards.
Chairwoman of the Seaton Park Friends group Sheila Gordon said: “I think it’s great. It’s valuation of all the work done in the park.
“To get the green flag again, it makes you feel like it’s all been worthwhile.”
Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: “The Green Flag Award scheme sets the standard for the management of our outdoor spaces and recognises the hard work of everyone involved.”