Ellon Castle Gardens Trust is seeking a new board member to help direct the restoration of the ancient walled garden.
The castle gardens were handed over to the trust last June by housing developers, as part of a deal that allowed them to develop the grounds of the remaining estate. The trust has been working since that time on carrying out repairs and improvements that will eventually allow public access to the ancient gardens, described as the town of Ellon’s ‘secret jewel’.
Ellon Castle has been home to two different Gordon families. James Gordon, a wealthy Edinburgh merchant, built the walled garden in the 18th century, and later sold the estate to George Gordon, the 3rd Earl of Aberdeen from nearby Haddo. The estate remained in Gordon hands until the early 20th century and then passed through a succession of owners and was much reduced in size. Ellon House, the nearby mansion house of the estate is in separate ownership and is currently on the market for £1m.