NTS gardens of remembrance

Some of the memorials are located in quiet and peaceful parts of the National Trust properties.
Some of the memorials are located in quiet and peaceful parts of the National Trust properties.

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of World War One, gardeners at National Trust properties across the north east have been hard at work.

The Armistice installations have their own dedicated area in gardens at seven of the charity’s most historical locations in the region, including Pitmedden Garden in Ellon.

Each display was planted in June with the assistance of Royal British Legion members and can be easily spotted throughout the coming months by its colours representing the Armistice.

The borders are also be marked with a red poppy design depicting war poems written at the time by Scottish poets Mary Symon and Violet Jacob, who herself lived in the House of Dun, a National Trust for Scotland property in Angus. Each garden also features historical facts about the iconic war symbol, the red poppy.

The idea came from Laurie Daguin, head gardener at Drum Castle, who said: “We’re very proud to have been able to commemorate the centenary in our own way and we hope that visitors to the gardens can learn more about what life was like for people around the time of the Great War.

“Many of our properties had very prosperous gardens at the verge of the First World War, but they fell into disrepair when most of their workforces were called to action.

“We’re aiming to unravel the myths from the time of the war, such as who maintained the gardens while the fighting was taking place, while remembering all who fell during conflict.”