New Community Garden for the Market Square

By Dawn Black / November 11, 2020
the north pend as it is now with signs, cycle stands etc

The Stonehaven Business Association and Stonehaven Town Centre Improvement Group are delighted to have been successful in gaining funding to create a new community garden in the centre of Stonehaven.

The funding comes from the Aberdeenshire Council Phoenix Fund and the Scottish Government Town Centres Fund. It enables the group to move forward with their project to create a civic space in the form of a community garden at the North Pend of the Market Square Buildings beside the Granite Fountain, providing a focal point in the centre of the town for locals and visitors alike to come into and stay in the town centre.

We have been seriously lacking in a civic space within the town centre itself since the Market Square was given over to car parking in the 1980s and now, in 2020/21 we wish to give a little bit of it back to the people of Stonehaven. A place to meet and relax, to take a tranquil moment in the centre of town.

Concept drawing for the Phoenix Garden by Nikki Ritchie, Hyve Architects

The project is very much a local vision with Nikki Ritchie of Hyve Architects having produced a wonderful design which takes its influence from the curves of swinging fireballs and the planting by the Stonehaven Horizon Group echoing this with a vibrant orange, red and yellow colour palette. 

The works will be undertaken by a local building contractor. The Community Council, Stonehaven Town Partnership and Men’s Shed have all also been involved in bring the project together. By Stonehaven, for Stonehaven!

Project co-ordinator, Dawn Black of the SBA and Stunning Stonehaven would love to hear what you think of the garden proposal and is calling for letters of support to strengthen the project’s planning application. Email her on .

nicholas noden - December 3, 2020

I visit stonehaven very frequently in allardice street and speak to shop personell and first inpression is there is no parking space at present, followed by what a wast of money. the only benafit is to the market bar pub,
the other is that is the coldest end wind off the sea funneled up the lane and the rising of the sun, if any is the other end of the building.
To attract people to the town would require a full change to the parking /cycle lanes, one build a multie storey car park
not going to happen. so one way road system in via allardice street with fish bone reverse parking one side to the left the right cycle and disabled scooter lines,
Trafice lights and crossing stay, the pelican crossing removed to co op area, again then fish bone reverse parking extended. garden and seating outside shelterd housing with a covered revander extention.
Barcley street one way out of centere again as before fish bone reverse parking (fines for not obaying rule with moniter viewing penaltys){ no parking charges )

Graeme Thain - November 11, 2020

Obviously asking for a friend, as one has to these days. So how much funding have ACPF and SGTCF given SBA, SST and STCIG and how much will TCCSTP and NRofHA get paid and will a local contractor and the Mens Shed get paid.

Comments are closed