The AGM of Ellon Castle Gardens was held in the Buchan Lounge on Thursday, November 7 and was well attended.
Chairman Stuart Wale outlined the progress made in the garden both in terms of structural repairs and planting of the borders. The 1700s listed statue has been repaired and the final assembly will be completed shortly.
Trustee Steve Rainey outlined the business plan, and the exciting plans for the future – all of which are underpinned by the need to raise significant funds, both within the community, and through National Funding bodies.
Membership is growing and the Board has set a target to double the membership over the next year.
The Board has taken a lease on premises in Schoolhill about 100 yards from the Garden gate and as well as servicing the garden, it is the intention to provide a tourist information hub from the premises at 11 The Square, Ellon.
Three new members were welcomed to the Board – Alison Craigon, David Kerr and David Wright and confirmed the membership of the two co-opted members – Helen Simpson and Steve Rainey.
After formal business, Bruce Gilliland gave an interesting talk on plants you might encounter on your holidays. He highlighted many plant varieties to be found in the countryside and how they have been modified for gardens.