Seaton Park Wetland Project

about the project

project summary

In an area where flooding was a continual issue, a wetland was created in Seaton Park, situated to the north of the city of Aberdeen.  The main aims of the project were to: -

Create an official wetland that helps to manage flooding and contributes to enabling the park to be climate change ready;

  • Attracting wildlife to the area and increasing biodiversity;
  • Improving access;
  • Provide a variety of interest within the park and increasing the enjoyment experienced by residents and visitors to the park.

The project also helped to meet the requirements of the council’s Nature Conservation Strategy which has been developed to assist the council meet its legal obligations to conserve nature as per the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.

In 2015, Local companies CBEC eco-engineering Ltd and Walking the Talk were contracted to carry out a study to establish the best design options.

The work was completed late summer 2016 and the cost was £101,500, funded by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen Greenspace Ltd and Sustrans. 

An information panel was designed and implemented post project which provides information on the project, some detail about the park, as well as highlighting the two interesting finds uncovered during construction which were an ancient tree and large glacial rock from the ice age.

The project tied in closely with work carried out under the River Don Paths project. This project led on the drainage of an area where a section of submerged path was to be brought back into use. The wetlands here provide another spot to visit within this area of the city, just like the Donside Hydro & Park, linked together through the River Don Paths work, helping to bring more vibrancy to the area.

history/background/project status

In the past, an area just inside the entrance to Seaton Park suffered from constant flooding which created problems with access in certain areas and the pooling of water in other parts of the park.  For many years there had been attempts to drain the areas susceptible to flooding but this was unsuccessful and the park continued to flood.

Given that the council was unsuccessful in draining the area for some time and with the recent success of the award winning wetland project at the East Tullos Burn in the Torry area of Aberdeen, the plan was to turn this area into an official wetland.

The results of the consultation revealed a preference for a ‘quite wet’ option which equated to draining the area around the sports pitch to the north of the park through the replacement of the old failed drainage system, but maintaining much of the wet area to the south and implementing new sections of path.  There was also a preference for a viewing platform and appropriate wetland planting which helps to increase biodiversity as well as the visual amenity, and structured in a way that would discourage children and dogs from entering areas of deeper water, and helping to protect wildlife.

In spring 2016, work began on the ground, where a number of deeper pools were excavated, drainage replaced, new paths constructed, and during the summer months, lots of wildflower planting with the help from many volunteers.

A programme of work was arranged taking into consideration other works or events occurring at the same time, and certain elements of the work were carried out after swans which were breeding in the wet area were no longer using their nest.

Along with many staff from Aberdeen City Council, Key people and organisations included members of the public, Friends of Seaton Park, CBEC eco-engineering Ltd, Walking the Talk, CR Contracting, volunteers organised by the contractors, Sustrans and Scottish and Southern Energy.

project outcomes

Water is now being contained within the individual pools which is preventing water getting on to the access road.  The sports pitch has drained and the new path alongside it is accessible once more and is now regularly used.  The plants are starting to establish and more wildlife is being recorded by the Countryside Ranger Service that are regularly monitoring the site.

The plants are starting to grow and slowly establish, creating a natural barrier to areas of the wetland where wildlife can take refuge.  During wetter months, it is expected that the individual pools will fill up creating one large wetland area, however, the winter of 2017 was very dry for that time of year and the council still has to see the wetland working at its full potential. 

contact details

Contact Person: Anne-Marie Gauld
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project details

project location

Address: Seaton Park
AB10 1AB
Area Covered:

local authority area(s)

  • Aberdeen City

project types

  • Biodiversity (Primary)
  • Access
  • Accessibility
  • Climate Change
  • Education
  • Health
  • Historical
  • Interpretation
  • Landscape Enhancement
  • Play
  • Regeneration
  • Strategy

site types

  • Natural/Semi-natural greenspace (Primary)
  • Amenity greenspace
  • Green corridors & green networks
  • Playspaces
  • Public Parks and Gardens
  • Sports areas
  • Water & blue space
  • Woodland

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