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Community Heritage First

1 Apr 2020

Improvements have been made in Allan Park after Aberdeen City Heritage Trust awards its first Community Heritage Grant

Friends of Allan Park used Robertson's Memorials to repair, clean and repaint the faded letters of the park's memorial fountain with support from the Seven Incorporated Trades, while an interpretation board about the origins and history of the park has been installed with Trust support.

Friends of Allan Park is one of a number of groups in the city, supporting the management of green spaces with a view to enhancing visitor enjoyment.

The park was gifted to the community by David Allan, to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Allan was an upholsterer and head of James Allan and Sons Furnishers who lived in West Cults Lodge, overlooking the park. He was also a Dean of Wrights and Coopers, one of the Seven Incorporated Trades.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crocket, a Director of Aberdeen City Heritage Trust, said: "We are very fortunate in Aberdeen to have many dedicated community groups that are interested in helping to maintain our parks and spaces."

Community Heritage Grant funds of up to £5,000 at a grant rate of 75% of agreed eligible costs can be applied for from the Trust.

Aberdeen City Heritage Trust is supported by Historic Environment Scotland and Aberdeen City Council.

Photo courtesy of Norman Adams, Aberdeen City Council: From left (front), Trust Director Lord Provost Barney Crockett, Iain Clark Friends of Allan Park, (rear) Mervyn Donald and Kevin Bowie of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen.