Ythan Biodiversity Volunteers
Since 2014 Ythan Biodiversity Volunteers have been working to eradicate two invasive and damaging plants, Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed, along the Ythan river catchment area (from the Wells of Ythan right down to Newburgh). The Formartine Partnership has been able to support the group by helping them to find funding. Alistair Sinclair is Chair of the group. You can find out more on the Ythan Biodiversity Volunteers Facebook page.
The Haddo Link & Ythan Trail
Methlick and Haddo paths
The Haddo Link is a mile long multi-use footpath. It bridges a gap in the Aberdeenshire Core Path network, giving a direct, off-road, car-free, Green Infrastructure route from Methlick through Haddo estate’s outstanding Designed Landscape, to Haddo House (National Trust for Scotland), and Haddo Country Park (Aberdeenshire Council). The path is accessible to cyclists, walkers, wheelchairs users and dog owners.
The Formartine Partnership Ltd was responsible for project management and preparatory work.
The Ythan Trail
The Haddo Link is a first step in the Formartine Partnership’s long-term project to develop an off-road, multi-user, Ythan Trail from Forvie National Nature Reserve (Scottish Natural Heritage) to Fyvie Castle (National Trust for Scotland). The Haddo Link delivers some 20% of the Trail’s length by connecting paths at Haddo and Gight.
The Ythan Trail crosses and interconnects the existing Green Infrastructure Routes: The Coastal Path, the Formartine and Buchan Way and Sustrans 1/North Sea Cycle Route, giving access to Green Infrastructure locations at Balmedie Country Park and Aden Country Park.
Comprehensive Green Infrastructure Network
Recent upgrading by Tarves and Udny Walking Groups of the Core paths from Haddo to Tarves and onwards to Udny, add Tolquhon Castle (Historic Environment Scotland), Pitmedden Garden (National Trust for Scotland), and the walks around Udny Castle to the Comprehensive Green Infrastructure Network.