A community enterprise’s caravan park has been expanded after receiving a £32,000 boost.
Aden Caravan Park – based at Aden Country Park in Mintlaw – was awarded the grant from the North Aberdeenshire LEADER programme, which is supported by the EU and Scottish Government.
The funding has allowed the park to invest in an upgrade programme including CCTV, wifi and three new glamping pods designed for families.
Liz Scott, a member of the Buchan Development Initiative which owns the caravan park, said: “We decided on glamping pods as they would provide affordable family accommodation for visitors.
“In addition, our existing facilities needed to be upgraded to ensure that we are attractive to our visitors.
“Since the glamping pods opened, they have been fully booked.
“It has brought in a lot of additional revenue that is being reinvested in other park facilities and the Buchan Development Initiative.
“We couldn’t have done it without the LEADER funding programme.”
More than £1 million of funding has already been distributed to other north Aberdeenshire projects and £2m remains, with up to three funding rounds due this year.
Organisers are looking for projects that will develop sustainable employment prospects in the rural area, particularly tourism, retail or farm diversification projects.
Duncan Leese, chairman of the North Aberdeenshire Leader Action Group, said: “This is a great example of the kind of community enterprise that the LEADER programme can support.
“We would love to see more of this kind of project applying since it shows wider benefits to the local community.”
Each applicant is supported through the process by a LEADER project officer.
For more information on LEADER funding contact firstname.lastname@example.org