Funding hopes for group as part of ‘jewel in the crown’ regeneration project

Aden Country Park, Mintlaw
Aden Country Park, Mintlaw

Plans to boost the popularity of a rural attraction described as “the jewel in Buchan’s crown” have forged ahead with the launch of a new funding appeal.

Aden Country Park has already undergone the first phase of a proposed £2 million regeneration project to secure its future.

But fears remain the centuries-old story of the 93-hectare site outside Mintlaw is “under threat” of being forgotten unless the scheme is completed.

The park has been owned by Aberdeenshire Council since the 1970s, and the authority is pledging £180,000 towards the redevelopment programme.

The application for new cash will be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund next week, and park representatives will update the Buchan area committee on the plans on Tuesday.

Neil Shirran, the park’s project and funding officer, said: “We are renovating buildings, we are creating a new visitor centre, we are putting in things like a new play park and improving the courtyard area.

“We are hopeful we can get the money to deliver it, but things are not set in stone.”