Castle garden open day success

Stuart Wale guides a group of visitors round Ellon Castle Garden on open day.
Stuart Wale guides a group of visitors round Ellon Castle Garden on open day.

An open day at Ellon Castle Garden attracted around 200 people on Saturday.

Visitors defied the wet weather throughout the day to see round the town’s “hidden gem” on guided tours.

Many people remarked about how tranquil the garden is and they were amazed by what they were seeing

Alan Cameron Ellon Castle Garden Company

They were given information on the history of the garden, and plans for restoration.

The grounds contain one the country’s largest collections of yew trees.

The site, which was handed over to the community in June, has been neglected over the last 30 years and the aim is to restore it to its former glory.

Earlier this month, a successful volunteer day was held when members of the public helped out with basic gardening jobs and tidying up.

Ellon Castle Garden Company chairman Alan Cameron said they were delighted with the response to both events.

He told the Times: “The open day was a great success and we had around 200 people through the gates which is remarkable given the awful weather we had.

“Many people remarked about how tranquil the garden is and they were amazed by what they were seeing.”

The plan is to hold further open days but Mr Cameron said this would probably be in the spring. More volunteers days will also be organised.

He added: “You can already see the difference to the garden in a short time with the tidying up jobs that have been carried out.

“We have done quite a lot of work.”

Experts have estimated that it will take up to five years to fully restore the site and realise the potential of the so-called jewel in the local crown.

The project is aimed at making the garden a major tourist attraction.