Parks, open spaces, public toilets and landscape services - Coronavirus

Throughout the lockdown period our country parks and open spaces have all remained open to the public, however, please remember that due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, social distancing and other Scottish Government guidelines must still be strictly observed. 

Aberdeenshire Visitor Management Plan 2021

Aberdeenshire Council has produced a plan for re-opening the countryside through the easing of lockdown under the terms of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Routemap. The plan ties in with specific plans put in place by individual landowners and Cairngorms National Park Authority. Aberdeenshire Council is working under the official guidance and documentation published by the Scottish Government. The council is working in partnership with partners, stakeholders, businesses and communities in relation to COVID-19.

View the Aberdeenshire Visitor Management Plan 2021 (pdf 645KB).

Play areas

Play areas reopened on 29th June 2020. We would remind parents and children of the continued risk of transmission of the virus. You should continue to follow public health guidance on social distancing and if you are using the equipment, avoid touching your mouth and face, use hand sanitiser wherever possible and thoroughly wash your hands as soon as you get home. 

Grass cutting

Grass cutting recommenced in June 2020 in our parks, open spaces and in our burial grounds and we are hoping to recommence grass cutting at our sports fields and schools in the coming weeks. While we work through the backlog we ask the public to be patient as we have to prioritise our resources. Please note that many sites will require multiple cuts and open spaces and sports fields will take some time to recover. 

Public toilets

View a list of all public toilets to check which ones are open.

Unfortunately, the portable chemical toilet at Potarch Green on Deeside between Banchory and Kincardine O'Neil will have to be removed temporarily as we do not have the resources available to maintain this facility to the required standard at this time.

Gardening works in public areas

If your community group would like to help with gardening works in your local area, please get in touch by emailing or call 03456 081205. For further details please view the guidance: