Supported groups

Ythan Biodiversity Volunteers

Since 2014 Ythan Biodiversity Volunteers have been working to eradicate two invasive and damaging plants, Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed, within the Ythan catchment area (from the Wells of Ythan to Newburgh). The Formartine Partnership has been able to support the group by helping them to find funding.
Ythan Biodiversity Volunteers are now an integral part of the Formartine Partnership.

The Haddo Link & Ythan Trail

Methlick and Haddo paths

The Haddo Link is a Haddo Estate/Formartine Partnership project designed, funded, and project managed, by the Formartine Partnership. A mile long multi-use footpath, it closes 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). Restored/rebuilt by the Partnership after the storms of 2021-22, the path is accessible to cyclists, walkers, wheelchairs users and dog owners.

The Ythan Trail

The Haddo Link is part of 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 to paths at and beyond Haddo and towards Gight.

The Ythan Trail will cross and interconnect with existing Green Infrastructure Routes. It already links into Sustrans 1 Cycle Route at Haddo and the next step is to provide an entirely off-road link to the Formartine and Buchan Way. This will give access to Green Infrastructure locations at Balmedie Country Park and Aden Country Park, and eventually form a village-connecting loop via paths being opened by other groups from Haddo to Tarves and onwards to the Formartine and Buchan Way via Udny, Pitmedden and Foveran.

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