50th anniversary of Douneside Gardens open days

The beautiful Doneside gardens will be open to the public on July 10.
The beautiful Doneside gardens will be open to the public on July 10.

One of the North-east’s best known charitable organisations - The MacRobert Trust - will celebrate its 50th anniversary of its annual Gardens Open Day on Sunday, July 10 at its flagship gardens at Douneside House.

Douneside House gardens site within a 7,000-acre estate around the village of Tarland.

In the early to mid 1900s The MacRobert Trust’s founder, Lady MacRobert, laid out and developed the gardens and her vision and skill has been meticulously preserved.

Visitors to the open day on July 10, from 2pm to 5pm, will be able to explore the gardens and enjoy entertainment from Ballater and District Pipe Band.

Entry to the open day is £4.50 (concession £2.50) and children under 12 will be admitted free.

There will be tea and home bakes available, freshly made by Douneside’s newly appointed award-winning head chef David Butters. The annual raffle also proves hugely popular along with the large plant stall.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and other charitable causes.

The Trust’s head of gardens, Stephen McCallum, says: “We’ll have entertainment for the whole family and a wide variety of plants on sale which have been grown by the gardens team.”