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Cove and Altens Community Council

Welcome to the website for
Cove and Altens Community Council

Here you will find information along with links to some of the goings on in this thriving community

Community Council Meetings

The general purpose of Community Councils is to act as a voice for their local area. This will involve them articulating the views and concerns of local people in their area on a wide range of issues of public concern and make representations to the Local Authority, other public sector bodies and private agencies on matters within their sphere of interest.

Community Councils are a statutory consultee on all planning applications and licensing applications relating to liquor. We are looking for residents of Cove and Altens to join us on the Community Council, so please get in touch at email [email protected] to find out more.

Members of the Cove and Altens Community are invited to the regular Community Council meetings, which are held online at the moment, from 7.00 – 9.30pm. These are open meetings and residents are welcome to attend.

Going forward it is proposed to have a mixture of virtual and face-to-face Community Council meetings. The dates are below. Please contact [email protected] for more information or to suggest an item for the Agenda.

We hope you find The Cove Chronicle informative and useful.

We rely on volunteers to produce and circulate The Chronicle round our community. If you would like to get involved, please email [email protected] for more information.

To place an ad please contact Isobel at [email protected]

To submit information contact Lauren at [email protected]

For all other queries or information its [email protected]


Meetings commence at 7pm whether at a venue or online will be announced before each meeting

29th April

27th May

24th June

July – summer recess

Local residents are invited to submit any issues they wish the Community Council to discuss in advance of any of the meetings and by email to [email protected]

The History of Cove

Have a look at the history of the Community of Cove from the 18th century to the current day by Douglas W Gray.

An excerpt from Cove Bay – A History by Douglas W Gray, Published in 2008

The bustling community is far removed from a sleepy fishing village in the 1790’s of less than 300 souls  more…


Things have moved on apace from 2008 and many more homes and shops have been built in the Charleston area of our community. Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route ((A90), which opened in February 2019, is on our doorstep, bypasses the City of Aberdeen, and allows easy, faster, access to other destinations north, south and west.

Cove and Altens Heritage Cairns

A legacy left to Cove and Altens Community Council by the late Margaret Allan, formerly of Mains of Loirston farm and latterly Sergeant’s Croft, was used to build five heritage information cairns around the community. Mains of Loirston farm and farmhouse were demolished in 2016. Homes and a community now exist in its fields. The cairns look at what has gone before…

A Fond Fairwell To Doonies

It is with a heavy heart that we prepare to say farewell to the Lennox family as they wind down their farming activities at Doonies Rare Breeds Farm.

Graham Lennox was appointed farm manager of Doonies by Aberdeen City Council some 30 years ago, in the 1990s .

Graham and wife Debbie have worked hard to run the livestock farm and raise a family and with daughters Emma and Alice they have become much loved and respected members of our community.

Generations of visitors, both local and from further affeld have fond memories of seeing ffrst-hand rare breeds of many farm animals; whilst delighting in petting and feeding them.

Faced with City Council budget cuts in 2008 which threatened Doonies’ survival, Graham and family together with a ‘Friends of Doonies’ support group, buckled down to help out and increase visitor numbers.

In 2010, Graham and family took the brave decision to take on a lease from Aberdeen City Council in order to run the farm as a commercial enterprise. Over the years, Doonies enhanced its visitor attractions with new toilets, new childrens play and picnic area, the installation of portacabins with nature and wildlife information and on onsite farm shop.

Doonies Rare Breeds Farm became the only conservation park in Scotland to be approved by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Farm life, with livestock in particular, is relentless, governed by the seasons and the weather and the need to keep them in good health.

Graham also found time to be a good friend to the community; whether it was assisting with his tractor in the erection of the community Christmas Tree or judging the Cove Gala Pets Parade or taking some of his animals to show at the Gala or providing the Nether Loirston Growers with manure.

He did this willingly, with patience and good humour.

Cove Chronicle

Due to Covid, the December 2022 Cove Chronicle is the first hard copy Chronicle to be printed and distributed around the Cove and Altens Community since February 2020. We hope you find The Cove Chronicle informative and useful.


We rely on volunteer deliverers to produce and circulate The Chronicle round our community. If you would like to get involved, please email [email protected] for more information.

Cove and Altens Community Council

April 2024 publication

February 2024 publication

December 2023 publication

Getting to Know Our Local Community

The farm continued to prosper, but another threat to its survival came in 2020 with the proposed Local Development Plan (LDP), published by Aberdeen City Council.
Despite much protestation by the Community Council, both Doonies and St. Fitticks Park were earmarked for development as part of an ETZ (Energy Transition Zone).
With the proximity to the new harbour at bay of Nigg being cited as very advantageous along with Doonies and probably much of St Fitticks Park to be sacriffced.
The Covid outbreak in 2021 and the ensuing lockdown regulations which affected Doonies and many other visitor attractions; provided yet another test for the Lennox family.
We wish Graham, Debbie and family our best wishes for the future and a huge ‘TTank You’ for the fond memories created at Doonies…a community asset which will be sorely missed by us all.
A personal lament
by Raymond Clark, Vice-Chair, Cove and Altens Community Council
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