Ranger Diaries: Spring Developments and Maintenance

A round up of projects and work happening across the Grounds this spring, reported by Bowhill Ranger, Andy.

Dandie Dinmont Trail

Dandie Dinmont Trail

The new Dandie Dinmont Old Pepper trail extension at the Lower Loch was a great little project, which had the volunteers doing ground preparation, stone brought from the quarry by the farms team and materials moved to the new area by the gardens team. Final surfacing was completed by myself (Andy Beverley – Ranger) and Calum Flanders created the signage and furniture.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the beautifully carved sign at the trail entrance and maybe take a moment to sit quietly by the Lower Loch, watching those fishing or maybe catch a glimpse of the ever-elusive otters.

New Adventure Playground Fort

By far the biggest job of the closed season has been getting the Adventure Playground ready to open and the installation of the new Playground Fort. The Fort installation again brought the Estate teams together with the movement of materials and Building Services taking on the monumental task of taking down the old fort.

Installed in time for the Easter holidays, many mini-explorers have already graced the new Fort, with endless opportunities to climb, slide and swing.


Our Works Plus volunteers have also been superstars, creating a level subbase ahead of installation of the new Fort.

Charlie from the Gardens team rewarded their efforts with a guided tour of some the lesser seen areas of the Gardeners Cottages – including the old Apple Store as pictured here.

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