Volunteer to plant the past at Chatelherault
Green fingered gardening volunteers required
Green fingered gardening volunteers are being sought to help restore the historic herbaceous border at Chatelherault to its former glory.
Planting the Past volunteers will help to replant the culinary, medicinal, and aromatic shrubs and plants, which would have originally been planted in the historic garden border surrounding the William Adam designed hunting lodge, now Visitor Centre. The plants within this 18th century garden were not only grown for their beauty and fragrance but also for their medicinal and culinary virtues.
Planting the Past is managed by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust in collaboration with horticultural specialist Elaine Lauder, with support from Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ fund and Heritage Lottery Fund and LEADER supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP).
Project Manager, Visitor Services Officer Mike Taylor says, “Volunteers getting involved will be able to enjoy the restoration of the herbaceous border as the project develops over the year and through the seasons. By summer 2018, the border will be blooming with beautiful shrubs and flowers that may have been familiar to the 5th Duke of Hamilton and his family back in 1740 when the Hunting Lodge was built.”
He continues, “Visitors to Chatelherault Country Park often comment on the pristine French Parterre gardens to the back of the Visitor Centre. It will be great to see the ornamental border restored to its full glory as it was intended.”
Thousands of people enjoy the 10 miles of stunning and varied woodland and gorge trails along the Avon River within the 500 acre park each year. Chatelherault Country Park is nationally valued as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and is one of the most important ancient woodlands out of the six that make up the Clyde Valley National Nature Reserve (NNR).
Planting the Past is part of a wider initiative to restore the Country Park to its former glory, when it was the Hamilton Palace Estate. Hamilton Palace was one of the grandest houses in the UK before it was demolished in 1927.
Donna Marshall, CAVLP Programme Manager says, “Planting the Past plays a unique role in the restoration of the historic landscape at Chatelherault Country Park, which is one of the most important and biologically diverse natural habitats in Scotland, and part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve (NNR).”
For a full list of volunteering opportunities and how to get involved, click here. Watch the drone footage of Chatelherault Country Park below to find out more about the non-native conifer removal.