A preservation programme for Ellon’s Castle Gardens welcomed a small group of volunteers earlier this month.
The group worked with gardening expert, Simon McPhun, to remove mounds of dumped grass clippings which have been left under some of the historic yew trees.
These clippings have been affecting the growth and development of the trees.
Ellon Community Council Chairman, Sandy McDougall said: “Led by gardens consultant, Simon McPhun volunteers pruned numerous fruit trees so that new growth will be encouraged this year.
He added that other opportunities will come up soon.
He said: “We plan to advertise a number of other volunteering dates over the next few weeks as remedial work to remove grass cuttings and prune yew trees are the next jobs to be completed.”