Back in the Spring, our plans for CakeFest7 were brought to a screeching halt by a certain pandemic. There is currently no end in sight so we don’t know when we will next be able to have a CakeFest, or any other event. We hope this Newsletter will keep you up to date with some of the things which have been happening over the last few months.
Seaton Park, along with all parks and green spaces played a vital role in ensuring people had somewhere to go for exercise and to be able to get out and about for some much needed relief from the confines of staying at home. Indeed, statistics show that over the summer, visitors to the park increased by three times compared to 2019. Some of these extra visitors unfortunately had a downside with an increase in the amount of litter left. A huge THANK YOU must therefore go to the small army of people who volunteered to pick litter during their regular daily walks.
As restrictions eased, it was possible for the regular group of volunteers who like to get together on a Tuesday morning to get back to (socially distanced) tasks in the Walled Garden. They work under the guidance of the gardening staff. Staff and volunteers have done a great job in keeping the park looking good and being a great place to visit during 2020.
The park is looking so good that it was easy to show off the park to the Green Flag judges who visited a bit later in the year than usual. They were mightily impressed and have awarded a Green Flag for 2020/2021. If you want to know more about the Green Flag award, then check it out on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website.
Able Deen were able to re-start their visits to the park once lockdown restrictions eased. They are based in the car park on a Friday from 10.00 until 16.00. You can hire a mobility scooter for the very reasonable price of £1 if you also have relevant ID. You can then enjoy a scoot aboot the park and beyond! Unless the weather is really really bad, they intend being in the park every Friday.
During the summer months it was good to welcome The Allotment Market Stall back to the park on Friday mornings. All the produce sold on the stall comes from local allotments. Profits from the sales go back to the allotment groups so they can re-invest and continue to grow local produce. Look out for details of when they will re-start in 2021.
One Eyed Jacks is our lovely food truck who are open 11.00 – 16.00 Wednesday to Sunday. Delicious food and warming beverages sold. However, if weather is bad, they will not open – who wants to eat a wet and soggy burger? On fine days, they sell out so have to shut up shop – get there early!
Recently there have been some minor works in the park: a section of roadway from the gardener’s bothy to the top of the formal garden area was re-tarred; a dangerous open ditch was cleared out and proper drainage installed and, lastly, a picnic table near One Eyed Jacks was installed.
All of these works were possible due to grants which were awarded from various sources. We continue to explore funding sources so if anyone can help with this, please be in touch.
Bigger works such as improving the access from Don Street and fixing the roadway from the Chanonry entrance to the river, are planned but work has been delayed for various reasons. Keep visiting the park to check if/when these works get under way!
Aberdeen City Council has recently produced a series of “Trails” covering walks at various locations in the city. The link is www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/trails. Seaton Park does not have a leaflet to itself but is included in the Old Aberdeen Trail. Only available on-line meantime but may be printed in future.