HADDO COUNTRY PARK
Haddo Country Park, currently owned by Aberdeenshire Council, was originally part of the designed landscape of Haddo.
It was made into a Country Park in 1978 and has been to open to the public ever since. In terms of the number of individual visits, it is the second most popular visitors’ attraction in the North East of Scotland.
COUNTRY PARK LOTTERY GRANT
In 2005, the Estate joined with Aberdeenshire Council, The National Trust for Scotland, the local communities of Tarves and Methlick and the Friends of Haddo Country Park to try to regenerate the Park for the benefit of those who use it. The result was The Haddo Country Park Consultative Forum. Since then, and two rounds of lottery applications later, the final Stage 2 bid for a wide-ranging regeneration project was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund in August 2011.
The bid involves an extensive programme of capital projects to restore the infrastructure and built heritage in and around Haddo Country Park, including in the following ways:
- repairs and refurbishment of The Pheasantry, including better facilities
- repairs to statues – the two fallow deer, urn and Waterloo monument
- repairs to gates, walls and bridges – including the ‘Golden Gates’, the deer park wall and re-location of the garden fence
- tree surgery to road and pathside trees, including The Scots mile and Victoria Avenue
- path improvement, including widening The Scots Mile
- better signage and seating, both in and around The Country Park
- an extensive themed adventure playground
In addition, a 5 year plan to raise the profits of Haddo Country Park is proposed, including:
- employment of a Visitor Services Officer at Haddo
- refurbishment of part of the Stables as a Visitors’ centre
- an extensive series of events at the Country Park over the 5 years
- creation of volunteering opportunities to assist with the enhancement work
- creation of waymarked routes for different ages and abilities
- joining various accreditation schemes and obtaining the highest standard possible
The final HLF decision is expected at the end of 2011, with the hope that the project can begin in the spring of 2012.
The Estate continues to play a full and active part in the promotion of the Haddo Country Park and is committed to ensuring that the regeneration project achieves the maximum public benefit for all Park users.