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Friends of Roxburghe House Grampian

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Friends of Roxburghe House Grampian

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Roxburghe House Garden, the progress so far

For a number of years the garden at Roxburghe House has been well tended by a small group of dedicated “Friends” and has provided a quiet area of relaxation for patients and visitors alike. The committee did, however, feel that further improvements could be made and it was during our initial consideration of this matter that we became aware that Grampian Health Board no longer required the area of waste ground which bordered the garden and which covered an area of just over half an acre.

This changed our thinking and we decided to embark on a much more ambitious scheme by asking the Health Board if they would allow us to use this area to extend the garden and after a number of discussions the Board generously agreed. This, in effect, increased the total area of garden to around one acre and in the spring of 2010 we appointed a small committee to produce plans for an extension which would, of course, require to blend in with the existing garden.

A number of suggestions were discussed and with exceptional help from Nigel Astell of Eastland Foresters we were in a position to start the project by early summer with the removal of a few diseased and old trees. This was followed by demolishing the original wall of the old garden and completing major repairs to the boundary walls to create a secure environment.

Like all major projects fresh ideas came to mind during construction and not long after work commenced it was decided to incorporate a water feature which itself developed as the weeks went by and now consists of a shallow pond with moving water and a bridge.

The main garden is grassed, with wild meadow flowers, various shrubs and small trees all of which are attractive to birds. A number of paths enable full enjoyment of the garden by all and this includes a path through the wooded area to the right of the garden.

A formal opening of the garden enabled us to acknowledge the generous support given to the Friends of Roxburghe by many individuals and companies.
GALLERIES
Please click on the photographs below to view the galleries:
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The garden in progress
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The garden as it is now

Roxburghe House Garden, the progress so far

For a number of years the garden at Roxburghe House has been well tended by a small group of dedicated “Friends” and has provided a quiet area of relaxation for patients and visitors alike. The committee did, however, feel that further improvements could be made and it was during our initial consideration of this matter that we became aware that Grampian Health Board no longer required the area of waste ground which bordered the garden and which covered an area of just over half an acre.

This changed our thinking and we decided to embark on a much more ambitious scheme by asking the Health Board if they would allow us to use this area to extend the garden and after a number of discussions the Board generously agreed. This, in effect, increased the total area of garden to around one acre and in the spring of 2010 we appointed a small committee to produce plans for an extension which would, of course, require to blend in with the existing garden.

A number of suggestions were discussed and with exceptional help from Nigel Astell of Eastland Foresters we were in a position to start the project by early summer with the removal of a few diseased and old trees. This was followed by demolishing the original wall of the old garden and completing major repairs to the boundary walls to create a secure environment.

Like all major projects fresh ideas came to mind during construction and not long after work commenced it was decided to incorporate a water feature which itself developed as the weeks went by and now consists of a shallow pond with moving water and a bridge.

The main garden is grassed, with wild meadow flowers, various shrubs and small trees all of which are attractive to birds. A number of paths enable full enjoyment of the garden by all and this includes a path through the wooded area to the right of the garden.

A formal opening of the garden enabled us to acknowledge the generous support given to the Friends of Roxburghe by many individuals and companies.
GALLERIES
Please click on the photographs below to view the galleries:
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The garden in progress

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The garden as it is now

The garden has provided a quiet area of relaxation for patients and visitors alike