MSP congratulates Donside hill group

The MSP and Bennachie
The MSP and Bennachie

A North- east MSP has tabled a motion to the Scottish parliament congratulating a Donside group on forty years of custodianship.

Tory MSP Nanette Milne tabled the motion in the Holyrood congratulating the Bailies of Bennachie society on four decades as guardians of Bennachie.

Ms Milne’s motion to the house read: “That the Parliament congratulates the Bailies of Bennachie society on 40 years as custodians of Bennachie, considered the best known range of hills in the north east of Scotland; understands that the Bailies of Bennachie was founded as a voluntary conservation society on 9 May 1973 under the enthusiastic leadership of Dr Daniel Gordon, the founder senior bailie, with the objective of encouraging and stimulating the public’s interest in Bennachie...”

Cllr Patricia Oddie, Tory Councillor for West Garioch joined Ms Milne in praise of the society.

Ms Milne said: ““Bennachie is the best known range of hills in the north east of Scotland and as a landmark in Aberdeenshire has a special place in the hearts of many local people.”

The Bailies of Bennachie were formed on May 9, 1973 and are a registered Scottish Charity.

At present there is an on-going collaboration between various members of the University and the Bailies of Bennachie, which is known as the Bennachie Landscapes Project.

The Bailies hold a variety of events throughout the year including an Annual Picnic in August, the annual General meeting in September along with guided walks on various parts of Bennachie range also Doric nights with poetry, story telling and music.

There are monthly voluntary work parties where members of the public get to help out with maintenance.