Pitmedden ready for new season

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With a new season fast approaching the team at the National Trust for Scotland’s Pitmedden Garden, Ellon are busy preparing their programme for the year ahead.

Pitmedden are set to re-open their door on 1 May and have lots of events for the public to get involved in starting on May 4 with a ranger guided walk.

Angela Stemp, Administrative Assistant at Pitmedden said: “We have a full programme of events this year, with our usual outdoor theatre, and we also have a musical weekend or two with the Pitmedden Music Festival being held on the grounds, and our Jason Porter (Michael Buble Tribute) and Jazz Evening being held in mid-July.

“Our herbal workshops are very popular, and well attended, and as always Apple Sunday, which we hope will have a better crop of apples this year, as last year wasn’t conducive to a large apple harvest.”

There will be a Ranger Guided Adult Walk entitled ‘Dawn Chorus’ on May 4 from 4am to 5.45am.

Take part in International Dawn Chorus Weekend with the ranger at Pitmedden and celebrate nature’s daily concert.

Breakfast butties and drinks will be on offer once the chorus is complete. The walk and breakfast will cost £5 each.

There will also be a Ranger Guided Family Walk ‘Amazing Minibeasts’ on May 25 from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Join the ranger at Pitmedden to discover the amazing minibeasts living here and learn more about their creepy crawly ways. Tickets for the event cost £1 for adults and £3 for children.

A Guided Walk with the Head Gardener will be held on both May 26 and July 22 – from 3pm to 4pm.

Join Susan Burgess, Head Gardener, for an insight into the day to day running of this famous Walled Garden.

Moths & Butterflies is another Ranger Guided Children’s Walk on August 14 from 10.30am to 12noon.

Enter into the beautiful world of moths and butterflies at Pitmedden. Help discover more about these lovely creatures and where they live. Tickets cost £1 for adults and £3 for children.

Children’s and family walks are aimed at adults and children aged 5-12 years.

Booking for these events is essential. To book please call 0844 4932167.

Pitmedden Gardens will also play host to a anumber of special performances.

They kick off with an Evening of Music with Jason Porter on July 12 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Come along and enjoy a tribute evening of music in the unique setting of Pitmedden Garden. Jason has now been awarded “Europe’s Number One Michael Bublé Tribute” act.