‘Hidden gem’ in heart of Ellon opens to the public

Councillor Rob Merson, Bill Thomson and Bob Duncan in part of the Jubilee Garden at McDonald Park.
Councillor Rob Merson, Bill Thomson and Bob Duncan in part of the Jubilee Garden at McDonald Park.

A ‘hidden’ gem in the heart of Ellon is now open to the public.

A community project to mark the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been completed with the opening of the Jubilee Garden in McDonald Park.

Developed and cultivated on the former curtilage of Turnishaw Cottage, the garden incorporates a series of stonework dykes and copings in a woodland setting with areas of shrubs and trees, and a bed of wild flowers.

Benches have also been provided, so that visitors can relax and enjoy the tranquil setting.

The garden was an £8,000 community project led by the Friends of McDonald Park, and funded by Awards for All, Aberdeenshire Council, the Inner Wheel, the Boys Brigade, Ellon Costcutter supermarket and relatives of former tenants of Turnishaw Cottage.

The bulk of the work was carried out by Friends of McDonald Park members, Bob Duncan and Bill Thomson - with assistance from Ellon Rotary, Ellon Academy and Ellon Boys Brigade. McDonald Golf Club was also involved in the project.

Work on the garden started last September and it is marked with a plaque specially designed by two academy pupils.

Mr Duncan said: “It has been a great deal of hard work, but we are delighted with the finished project, and it is a fitting commemorative feature to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.

“The McDonald Park is one of Ellon’s hidden gems, and we very much hope that the Jubilee Garden will help attract more visitors to it.”

Mr Thomson added: “I was very pleased to have been involved with the construction of the Jubilee Garden, and I look forward to watching it improve even further as the plants and trees mature.

“There is also some potential for the further development of the feature, and I hope that we might encourage new volunteers to take an interest.”

Chair of Formartine Area Committee, local councillor Rob Merson praised the project.

He said: “I think that Bob Duncan and Bill Thomson have done a marvellous job of the Jubilee Garden - and I commend all those who have taken a part in this

“They have created a splendid little arbour for the enjoyment of visitors to the park, and I am delighted that Aberdeenshire Council and the Formartine Area Committee saw fit to support it.”