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The Friends of Seaton Park heron logo – where did it come from?

Friends of Seaton Park has grown a lot from our early beginnings more than four years ago. We’ve now held three successful Cakefests, two Parkfests together with numerous weed-a-thons, bark-a-thons and bulb-a-thons culminating in the most recent planting of 70,000 crocus bulbs to flower in time to mark the Park’s 70th birthday next year.

All of these events have been aimed at raising awareness of and support for the Park and at the same time raise funds to help maintain all that is needed to keep the park at its best. From an early stage it became clear that a logo that could represent the Friends would help with the work of raising funds and the Park’s profile. Now we have charitable status an identity to focus on would be really helpful.

So for more than a year we’ve been looking at ideas and trying to develop something that would represent what the Park means to the friends and everyone who uses it. Easy you would think with a place that offers so much and is so loved – but no, that’s the difficult bit! For some the heart of the park is the play area with Mr Therm the engine (away at the moment for his wash and brush up!) at its heart. For others it’s the Long or Cathedral Walk, the long formal gardens with their line of circular flower beds leading from the slope below St Machar’s Cathedral to the fountain. For still more it’s the river with its wonderful wild life, for others the quiet peace of the walled gardens and their riots of azalea colour in May. For nearly everyone the great green spaces of the Park are so important, whether it’s for kicking a ball around or for the joys of walking the dog.

But no logo could get all of these in and so we have been back and forth over ideas trying to decide how to choose what was best. The conundrum was solved for us with help from Sandy Menzies of the Slopefield Allotment Association who had developed the logo for their association and offered to help in our struggles to find the right image. He suggested basing it on the heron who is so much a part of the park, often to be seen standing patiently fishing at the edge of the river.  A heron would make a good representation of the natural wonders of the park and at the same time could stand for its more formal aspects as two herons are the main part of the decoration around the memorial fountain. This seemed just the answer we had been looking for and since then Lekky Shepherd, one of our steering committee members, has worked on developing the image of Mr Heron as we’ve come to call him (though it may well be Mrs Heron we see – perhaps one of our ornithological Friends could tell?). He is set against a green background representing the natural landscape, trees and plants of the park rising up to the twin spires of St Machar’s that overlook it. The blue band with ‘Seaton Park’ at the base gives a suggestion of the waters of the river that flow around its edge.

We aim to produce mugs and bags with this image to use as a fund-raiser and to raise the Park’s profile. We hope they will be something for all Friends to have as a way of supporting the Park.

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