Summer is well under way at the new community of Countesswells as 4.5 hectares of green space, woodland and a wildflower meadow have taken root and are blooming.
The multimillion-pound investment in landscaping to create a green space in Aberdeenshire is starting to mirror the artist's impressions first revealed some years ago in the masterplan for the new £800million town to the rest of the city.
With residents now living in the first of the completed homes and the recent announcement that the UK's fastest broadband will be available to all, Countesswells is starting to take shape.
A busy season of tree planting and landscaping, towards the end of last year, is bearing fruit with the wildflower meadow starting to blossom and the waterways and ponds, which run through the new community, starting to fill and attract wildlife. Landscaping work will continue through until autumn when the final phase of tree planting and the planting of the orchard will be completed.
A beach-themed feature is also being created by expanding and channelling the natural watercourse through the area and installing water reeds, rushes and stepping stones.
The 'beach' reuses many of the pebbles and rocks found during the building of the development and repurposes them to complement the landscape and provide natural "stairways" for residents.
"The aim of Countesswells is to enhance the already stunning natural environment with well designed and planned green spaces and features that deliver a truly unique place to live, work and relax," said Allan McGregor, Countesswells project director.
"Ensuring the development is as biodiverse as possible will promote wellbeing for those living in the community and connect the settlement with the surrounding landscape.
"As the community and plant life literally starts to flourish, it's great to see our original vision coming to life.
"The project is one of the largest in the country but it's unique in that the level of consideration for landscaping and supporting natural wildlife has taken precedence over the construction of the homes."
Once construction is complete, Countesswells will feature four large parks, the largest of which will be the 11-hectare Cults Burn Park. These parks will not only benefit the residents but attract new and diverse wildlife.
As residents continue to flock to Countesswells to make their new homes, 32 different bird species and numerous small mammals such as hedgehogs will be doing the same.
The landscaping of the development will provide safe havens and natural trails for local wildlife; all situated comfortably and responsibly alongside paths, cycleways and riding routes for residents.
The project will connect the woodland areas of Hazlehead and Countesswells together to create a sweeping vista that sticks true to the original masterplan for the site.