The old walled garden at Ellon Castle has moved another step towards opening to the public, with the local council recently agreeing to sign over adjacent land for the project. The gardens were created by former owner Bailie James Gordon in the 18th century, and were also for many years the property of a branch of the Gordons of Haddo. They are currently in the process of being restored with the hope that they will provide a beautiful new tourist attraction for the area. The new land is planned to be used partly as a car park for the new attraction, with areas set aside for allotments and possibly a new pavilion for users of the rest of the new land, which will remain in use for leisure and sports use.
Stuart Wale, chairman of the Ellon Castle Gardens Trust, commented: “I’m delighted. It is another link in the chain of events which will lead us to open what we anticipate to be Ellon’s biggest tourist attraction.
“I would like to pay tribute to all the board members of ECG who have supported the application and particularly to Alan Cameron, former chairman who initiated the process.
“The Deer Park will remain a community facility with plenty of space for activities, sporting and otherwise which can share parking with the gardens”.
The transfer will take the form of a Community Asset Transfer (or ‘CAT’), with Aberdeenshire Council receiving the nominal sum of £1 from the Trust.