Garden for Inchmarlo

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Green fingered pupils from a Donside primary school were at Inchmarlo Retirement Community Village to see their garden design come to life.

Keig school children won a recent competition to design a garden to mark Queen Eliizabeth’s Diamond jubilee.

Inchmarlo resident Mrs Margaret Harper, who has lived through the reign of five monarchs, was assisted by Violet McKee, a pupil of Keig Primary School and who helped to create the winning design, in planting an apple tree to complete the garden.

The 104-year-old has taken a keen interest in the development of the garden which has been laid out to the west of Inchmarlo House, a Georgian mansion that sits at the centre of the 100-acre Inchmarlo Retirement Community Village.

The idea to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee was inspired by an oak tree that was planted in the grounds of Inchmarlo House to commemorate the coronation of King George VI.

A competition to design the garden was held and 97 entries were received from schools in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. A panel of judges chose the sensory garden designed by pupils of Keig as the winner.

Inchmarlo Retirement Community Village has invested over £10,000 in developing the new garden which was built by Banchory-based gardening firm Hortec. Covering an area of approximately 170m² (1,892ft²). The garden features around 70 species of plants.

Charles Skene OBE, chairman of Inchmarlo Retirement Community Village, said: “This area has a long association with the royal family and we thought it fitting to create a garden here at Inchmarlo to mark Her Majesty’s diamond jubilee.”

Class teacher Karen Davidson said: “The children were overjoyed to win the competition and have been very excited about seeing their design being planted out. The garden looks fantastic and we all hope that everyone at Inchmarlo will get a lot of enjoyment out of it.The pupils really enjoyed working on the design...”