A number of green spaces across the north and north-east have been recognised as “fantastic” parks by a national organisation.
Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that 71 parks have been presented with a Green Flag Award in 2019 and Aberdeen is home to six of them.
The Aberdeen locales celebrating their honours are Duthie Park, Hazlehead Park, Johnston Gardens, Seaton Park, Slopefield Allotments and Victoria Park.
Aberdeenshire’s Haddo Country Park and Eoropie Park on the Isle of Lewis also scooped up a prestigious accolade.
Duthie Park in Aberdeen and Belleisle Park in South Ayrshire were both presented with prestigious Heritage Awards, recognising how they are managing to support and promote their unique culture.
Councillor John Wheeler, operational delivery convener at Aberdeen City Council, said: “It is fantastic we have six parks and green spaces to be awarded the prestigious Green Flag accolade this year.
“Slopefield Allotments is the first of our allotments which have been included in the awards and Duthie Park being given a Heritage Award is an exciting achievement.
“The awards for all our parks and green spaces are really a reflection on the hard-working and knowledgeable volunteers and staff who manage these spaces for the benefit of both residents and visitors to our beautiful city.”
Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “I would like to congratulate all of Scotland’s award-winning parks.
“Receiving this prestigious international benchmark recognises all of the hard work that has gone into maintaining and managing these precious green open spaces.
“Every single one of these parks provides an invaluable service to the local communities that it serves – from creating a safe space to play, to think or to work out – helping to address many of the health and well-being challenges we face as a country.”
The Green Flag Awards recognise the contribution that parks make towards the nation’s well-being.