Film inspires castle changes

The Upper Pool Garden at Crathes Castle.
The Upper Pool Garden at Crathes Castle.

Changes that are afoot in the gardens at the National Trust for Scotland’s Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate near Banchory have been inspired by a film from the 1940s.

The intriguing film shows Crathes Castle as a convalescence home for Second World War soldiers, but it also has some fascinating images of the garden as it was including some rare coloured footage of the walled garden in all its glory.

Over the past few months work has been underway to renovate the show borders in the walled garden, improving the look and range of plants.

Another major change is to the bank of rhododendron and laurel adjacent to the castle.

This area covers approximately two acres and is now coming towards the end of its natural life. The work started last November with 25 Trust Conservation Volunteers spending a day starting the clearance process.

Chris Wardle, head gardener for Crathes Castle, said: “The plan for this area is to rejuvenate the plantings to restore the original feel of the area as it was in the mid 1800s.

“We will then create a new viewpoint which will be accessible to all and allow views of the walled garden and the hills beyond.”

Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate is one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Scotland, set against a magnificent garden.

Home to the Burnetts of Leys for over 350 years the castle is a popular tourist attraction for any visitor to the North-east of Scotland.