An Eventful May and June

As the walled garden bursts back into life this spring and early summer, it’s been abuzz with activity too! Building on the success of our box cuttings work party at the beginning of May, find out what we have been up to this May and early June.

Tree + Cake

Aros Park Historic Walled Garden was delighted to be asked to be part of the Tree + Cake series on the Isle of Mull, celebrating special trees and the stories they hold for us.We opted for a vintage tree party theme, which saw almost 40 people gather together outside the garden beneath the magnificent cedar boughs on Sunday 29th May.Supported by community donations of vintage china and hot drink making facilities, the event saw 36 cups of tea served and a wonderful occasion for storytelling and sharing across the generations.

Plant Sale Success!

Just a day later, the walled garden group were back into action at the weekly producer’s market on the Tobermory Pontoons. We displayed large-scale displays of the garden design and shared them with 53 people visiting the stall. We were delighted to have four new members sign up to show their support of the project, thank you!We also hosted a plant sale at the stall, with donated plants from at least seven different members of the community, ranging from lilacs and strawberries to aquilegias and Christmas cactus! The donated plants filled two tables and a bench, a superb effort that raised £125.89 towards the garden restoration.

Walls Weren’t Built in a Day

If that wasn’t enough, the arrival of June saw the very first sign of tangible change in the garden this year: phase 1 of the wall repair!

Beginning on Monday 7th June, Peter Holmes of Rural Skills Training joined a team of community volunteers in the garden to begin work sorting, grading and moving the fallen stone that was once part of the wall. This vital task will ensure the old stone can be cared for and recycled, going back into the wall once we are ready to begin rebuilding it – which is anticipated to be early in the new year.It may run around the garden’s perimeter, but the wall is the heart of the walled garden. It is wonderful to see it being preserved, and hopefully restored to its full former glory in months to come.Don’t forget, you can still donate to our community crowdfunding appeal to save the wall – every little helps! Follow this link to our JustGiving page if you would like to make a donation, or to share the page with family and friends.On behalf of the Aros Park Historic Walled Garden, a big thank you to everyone who has come along to support the garden restoration. Thank you!