The Trust’s Aims
- to maintain the garden and its surroundings for the enjoyment and benefit of the whole community;
- to provide free access to all, including those with disabilities;
- to help people of all ages understand the history and the use of the period planting by means of appropriate interpretative material;
- to help support the biodiversity of the area by growing native trees, shrubs and herbs;
- to provide employment and volunteering opportunities for the community;
- to help to foster a historical perspective.
The garden has been the scene of many public events, most notably in July 2007 when H.M. the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh walked through the garden and met local dignitaries. On previous occasions, the Queen and the late Queen Mother planted fruit trees.
Throughout the summer and winter [November-February shorter opening hours apply] the garden is open without charge for individuals and groups to walk around freely. Guided tours of the garden dealing with the history, restoration and planting are available with prior notice; there is a small charge for guided tours.
The garden is suitable for weddings, wedding photographs, visiting playgroups, study groups and for workshops. There have also been workshops on fruit tree pruning and planting.
The garden has attractive features throughout the year and one of the ongoing projects is to create a Spring bulb feature of the orchard so that visitors can enjoy the garden after its winter dormancy.
* Please note that there are no toilet facilities in the garden.
Scottish Charity No. SC014078