Award for four-legged volunteer!

Mr McGregor with Lewis Morrison, Castle Fraser Gardener
Mr McGregor with Lewis Morrison, Castle Fraser Gardener

A dedicated feline who’s prowled the paths at the National Trust for Scotland’s Castle Fraser Gardens for 16 years has had his long service recognised by the charity on Wednesday (April 1).

Visitors to the National Trust for Scotland’s Castle Fraser Gardens have for many years been charmed by Mr McGregor, the Garden cat. Mr McGregor was brought to Castle Fraser 16 years ago by Damon Powell who up until recently was Head Gardener at the property.

Originally the family cat, Mr McGregor soon took up residence in the gardens where he made it his mission to ensure that rodents and other unwelcome visitors to the garden were actively discouraged; no mean task as his empire stretches throughout the walled garden, woodland garden, pond garden and the wider 5,000 acre estate. He is also something of a celebrity and it is not unknown for visitors to make a special visit to Castle Fraser to meet Mr McGregor.

Mr McGregor is so firmly ensconced in his role as Gardens Cat, that the Powell family realised they could not take him with them when they relocated to the Black Isle. Discussion around the cat’s future brought him to the notice of Violet Dalton, the Trust’s Head of Volunteering, herself a cat lover.

The Trust’s Head of Volunteering, Violet Dalton said, “At this time of year, the Trust acknowledges the contribution of all of its volunteers presenting long-service and other recognition awards to volunteers around the country. The staff and volunteers at Castle Fraser were delighted with the proposal.”