The next phase in a city community initiative to create a new green space in Aberdeen city centre has now started.
Aberdeen City Centre Community Council has been running The Skene Street Project for several years – with the aim of improving the area below Gilcomstoun Land, on the corner of Summer Street and Skene Street.
Previously an unused, concrete area, the group hopes to transform it with a seating, a stage and increasing the amount of green space.
Planters, which were funded through a grant, are now in the process of being installed.
Materials arrived earlier this week, with the construction work being undertaken by Altens-based North Group.
Dustin Macdonald, chairman of the community council, said that the nice weather meant the team could get started.
He added: “We are finally getting round to putting in the bench planters.
“We got money from the Tesco Bags Of Help fund. We had to wait because of the bad weather.
“We are hoping to put edible things in the planters, to go along with our theme of ‘everything is edible’. It’s all going to be usable things.
“We might have something like apple trees.”
One of the main priorities for the small team going forward is raising the necessary money to make their plans a reality.
Dustin added: “We’d ideally like to raise funds to get the new entrance in, but it’s looking like it’s going to cost around £30,000.
“We need to work out fundraising methods.
“It’s been a long time coming, but we are a small team.”
Other parts of the project already completed include the purchasing of new play equipment and the Skene Street Trolls.
The garden trolls, which sit in areas of planting, were created with help from Gilcomstoun Primary School pupils, who raised more than £500 for the initiative.
Last year an appeal was launched to save the trolls after reports vandals had been “bullying and breaking” the friendly green creatures.