The secrets of Ellon Castle Gardens could be revealed in the near future, the Times has learned.
A meeting of a group set up to ensure the conditions agreed to protect the status of the ancient gardens will take place next week when community representatives team up with developers.
Formartine Area Manager Keith Newton confirmed the existence of Ellon Castle Project and that the group is scheduled to meet next week, but warned that the unveiling of the gardens would not be immediate.
Mr Newton said: “In the long term it would be most desirable that the Ellon Castle Gardens be open to the public, but there is a lot to be undertaken before this can happen.
“It’s an exciting project. The Ellon public will be kept informed.”
The group includes representatives from the Community Council, Civic Pride, and Ellon Town Centre Forum, who will join up with Barratt Homes and Scotia on Monday.
Members, who met in May, are sensitive to the location of the gardens, which are next to the Health Centre, Ellon Academy and the Deer Park.
In the mid 1970’s members of the public donated cash to ensure the Castle Gardens would be protected.
Ellon and District Councillor Gillian Owen said: “I am pleased that such a group is meeting to discuss the development and protection of this most precious of community assets.
“I would also like to know if there is cash in trust somewhere, more significantly we need to monitor this development.
“There are clearly implications for the immediate area.
“It must not get out of control. The community must be consulted. They have waited a long time to see the gardens,”