Volunteer’s son gets a taste for gardening

Christine Jennings, who volunteers in the Garden of Historic Roses at Drum Castle, took her son Lawrence along to spend a day working as part of the gardening team.
Christine Jennings, who volunteers in the Garden of Historic Roses at Drum Castle, took her son Lawrence along to spend a day working as part of the gardening team.

The National Trust for Scotland’s Drum Castle Gardens took part in the national Bring Your Child to Work Day.

Christine Jennings, who volunteers in the Garden of Historic Roses at Drum, took her son Lawrence along to spend a day working as part of the gardening team.

As part of his tasks for the day, Lawrence planted sweet peas and painted the plant pyramids.

Lawrence said: “This is so cool, all my friends are stuck in offices at computers and I’m out in the sunshine.”

Head gardener Diana Robertson was impressed with his commitment and invited Lawrence to volunteer at Drum Castle Gardens in his summer holidays.

Drum Castle’s combination of a 13th-century square tower, a Jacobean mansion house and the additions of the Victorian lairds make it unique among Scottish castles.

Inside, the castle boasts superb furniture, fine paintings and magnificent views from the battlements of the Forest of Drum and the countryside beyond.

Outside, there is the beautiful Garden of Historic Roses, woodland trails and a children’s playground.

Drum Castle Gardens are open daily 11am to 5pm, Trust members are free, non-members are £4, childredn and concessions are £2.