A generous £800,000 legacy left by an Aberdeen woman to pay for improvements to the city’s Duthie Park continues to reap rewards.
Lorna Doreen Russell, who died in April 2009, bequeathed Aberdeen City Council the money to extend, improve or refurbish the Winter Gardens, as well as providing further facilities at Duthie Park.
Mrs Russell, of Banks O’ Dee nursing home, had a great fondness for the gardens, having spent many happy hours there with her husband.
So far, her bequest has paid for the replacement of greenhouses in the Winter Gardens, at a cost of approximately £300,000.
The latest projects, a £120,000 refurbishment to the two existing play areas in the park, and the creation of a new £200,000 play area in the south-east corner of the park, are being financed by her gift to the city.
Duthie Park manager Alan Findlay said: “It is projects like these that help the park flourish and ensure that this popular attraction is safeguarded for future generations.”