Aden Country Park is a much loved area of stunning natural beauty with a wide diversity of features, habitats and woodlands covering over 90 hectares of Aberdeenshire countryside. Not just a peaceful leisure space for rest and relaxation, Aden Country Park is also a vital community hub and resource, home and host to natural, architectural, cultural and archaeological heritage, as well as a range of attractions, facilities and events. A successful first round application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund aimed to enhance, promote, and conserve Aden’s rich cultural, architectural, archaeological and natural heritage, creating a sustainable, high-quality visitor destination for present and future generations to enjoy.
Jura Consultants was engaged to support the development phase and resulting second round application to the HLF. The commission included the completion of a Business Plan, Activity Plan and funder specific advice related to the application process and Heritage Fund assessment site visit. Working closely with the client team, stakeholders and landscape architect Jura Consultants aided the development proposals for the £2 million project. The Business Plan developed the understanding of existing and future visitor numbers, implemented an extensive consultation process, reviewed governance and operating structures and supported the internal investment case in relation to future management and sustainability. The Activity Plan created a detailed and costed programme of learning and participation activities that will enhance the visitor experience, sustainably increase the visitor numbers and expand upon the range of audiences engaging with the heritage of the park through opportunities for volunteering, community participation, audience development, interpretation, training and learning. Aberdeenshire Council received a second round award of £1.25 million in September 2018.