Wildflower planting volunteers sought

Volunteers are sought to help plant wildflowers at a new wetlands project in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City Council’s Countryside Ranger Service is organising the event which is adding the final touches to the exciting £90,000 Seaton Park Wetland project that has been developing over the last couple of months

The wildflower planting is taking place in the park, just of Don Street, on Tuesday 26 July from 10am to 12pm.

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said “Seaton Park is a fantastic place for people and wildlife as the formal gardens, sports pitches and open areas provide people with a great place to relax or be active.

“The wetland area has been designed to help manage the water in the park and provide an attractive feature for people and wildlife.

“It already attracts many birds and insects but by adding the wildflowers there will be an extra splash of colour at the entrance to the park and these will be great for butterflies, bees, hoverflies, dragonflies and a host of other wildlife.”

The major programme of works is embracing recent environmental changes in the park which have meant areas of flooding, and includes a man-made wetland surrounded by natural plants and a wooden viewing point.

The works at the park includes digging out the wetland, repairing drainage, and adding paths, signage and planting.

The new Seaton Park Wetland Project was inspired by the recent success of the East Tullos Burn Environment Improvements Project at St Fittick’s Park, where flooding was alleviated with the inclusion of wetlands to manage water levels from the burn, as well as improved access and increased biodiversity.

Anyone wanting to join in the fun should be prepared to get muddy and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Places can be booked by phoning the Countryside Ranger Service on 01224 326429 or email countrysideranger@aberdeencity.gov.uk .