Green spaces in an Aberdeenshire town are to be spruced up in an attempt to attract a variety of wildlife.
Trees will be planted and grassy patches will be allowed to grow in Ellon’s parks to encourage butterflies, goldfinches and hedgehogs and other creatures to thrive.
The initiative comes after a public consultation on how the town’s parks could be improved and made more bio-diverse.
The project will be a collaboration involving the council, residents, local schools and conservation groups to better open spaces.
Locals will help plant more trees and shrubs around Gordon and Auchterellon parks through collaboration with the
Conservation Volunteers and the North East Scotland Bio-diversity Partnership.
However, the town’s football pitches and other sports facilities within green spaces will also continue to be maintained regularly by the local authority.
Ellon councillor Rob Merson, said: “I am very happy to see local people taking pride and ownership of their parks, working to help wildlife flourish and thrive.
“Ellon’s parks play an important role in the community – they offer a haven for relaxation in our often busy lives.
“Improved bio-diversity will surely heighten residents’ enjoyment and appreciation of these green spaces.”
Two thirds of respondents during the survey said they used the town’s parks and open spaces.
Locals also said dog walking, running, relaxing and cycling are among their favourite activities in the parks.