Seaton Park

Aberdeen city park nominated for UK's Favourite Parks 2022

Aberdeen’s Seaton Park is in the running for The Fields in Trust UK's Favourite Park Award 2022.

The park was nominated by a member of the public.

The awards are held by Fields in Trust, an independent charity which has been protecting parks and green spaces for over 90 years. They currently protect 2,891 spaces throughout the UK.

The charity work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.

Following the nominations, the parks in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland to have received the most public votes will be shortlisted. These four parks will be identified as the National Favourite Park 2022 for each of the home nations.

The overall winner will be announced at the end of August and the winning park will receive a flag identifying it as the UK's Favourite Park 2022.

Convener of the Operational Delivery Committee, Councillor Miranda Radley, said: “We are delighted to have one of our parks nominated for this award. I’m certain Seaton Park will hold fond memories for generations past, present and future.

“Parks and open green spaces like Seaton acted as a haven for so many of us over the past few years and we would urge everyone to vote to have this beautiful park recognised.”

Seaton Park lies to the north of the city on the banks of the River Don and is surrounded by historical architecture and agriculture.

Near the park’s south gates are the fortified towers of St Machar’s Cathedral which forms the backdrop to the ‘Cathedral walk’, a formal arrangement of spring and summer flower beds, rose beds and herbaceous borders creating a magnificent sight in midsummer.

There are several important listed features within the park such as the Wallace Tower, the motte and a mound which dates back to the Bronze Age.

The park is also close to the Brig o’ Balgownie, a thirteenth century gothic bridge that has survived centuries of heavy use and military attacks. Beyond the bridge is the Cottown of Balgownie, a series of red tiled cottages and small tiny gardens built in the early sixteen hundreds.

Seaton Park is also home to Mr Therm, a former steam engine which was used to transport coal from Aberdeen harbour. Mr Therm is now a play sculpture and has been hugely popular with thousands of children over the years.

Voting is open until noon on Thursday 18th August 2022 and can be found here: Nominations for UK's Favourite Parks 2022 | Fields in Trust


Related topics