Have your say at exhibition

Locals can currently visit the Ellon Castle Gardens during Open Day events
Locals can currently visit the Ellon Castle Gardens during Open Day events

The Board of Ellon Castle Gardens will be holding a public exhibition this weekend for locals to drop in and view the exciting future plans for the walled garden and grounds.

The gardens have been closed to all but a privileged few since their planting around the time of the 1745 Jacobite Rising, with some of the yew trees believed to be among the oldest in the country at around 800 years old.

The open day will run from 10am to 4pm in the Slains Hall of the Ellon Kirk Centre.

Along with some stunning historical photos, the exhibit will reveal the future planting plans, visitors can hear about the recent progress and challenges faced and it will allow people to meet and quiz the team behind this project.

Last year the trusts CAT (Community Asset Transfer) application was backed unanimously by councillors at the Formartine Area Committee, and in order to bolster the garden plans, the adjacent Deer Park land is now being sold by Aberdeenshire Council to the Garden Trust for a nominal sum.

The Trust have committed that the Deer Park will remain a community facility with plenty of space for community activities, sporting and otherwise.

It will be around three years before the group can open the walled gardens to the public full-time due to the instability of some of the walls within the garden.

For more information visit elloncastlegardens.org.