A volunteer day will be held as part of the next phase of the development of Ellon Castle Garden.
It will take place on Saturday, September 5, with the public being asked to help out with basic gardening jobs.
Although they are basic jobs, they are necessary and will make an immense difference to the look of the gardenAlan Cameron Ellon Castle Garden Company Chairman
The historic site, which was handed over to the community earlier this summer, has been neglected over the past 30 years and the aim is to restore it to its former glory.
Ellon Castle Garden Company chairman Alan Cameron said: “Although they are basic jobs, they are necessary and will make an immense difference to the look of the garden.
“Several people have already volunteered their services. We will supply tools and gloves for all volunteers and we would
not expect any volunteer to spend more than two hours at a time.
“There will be a variety of tasks in the garden from 10am until 4pm. People should meet at the gate off the Deer Park.”
The tasks will include removing all the prunings from the trees, disposal of plastic rubbish and removal of scraps of wood and wire from the former allotments and fruit cages, digging up self-seeded elder plants, brambles and other weeds from around the Irish yews, and hand weeding the rosebay willow herb and other weeds from the box hedges.
If you have not already volunteered but want to be involved on the day, details should be forwarded to the factor -
Volunteers are advised to bring along their own food and drink.
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.