Community Garden

The garden was created by the Community Company in 2002 in partnership with the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden, the Boat Hotel and the Strathspey Steam Railway and with help from many volunteers and sponsors.

Garden volunteers having a cuppa at the end of an afternoon's work.
Garden volunteers having a cuppa at the end of an afternoon’s work.

The garden is managed by volunteers who meet once a month for an hour or so, finishing with a cuppa and  blether. Some people have their own area to look after. New volunteers are always very welcome and are invited to get in touch with Sue Murray on 831012.

Many visitors give donations, including benches and plants. We have a lovely weeping cherry which was planted to remember Margaret Hutchison who lovingly tended the previous garden.Gill's wild garden

The Boat of Garten wildlife Group, BOGWIG, advised by Gill Nisbet, planted an area specially to encourage bees, insects and birds. Sadly Gill died in 2006, but the Wildlife Corner will always be Gill’s corner.

Thanks to a generous grant from The Cairngorm National Park Authority, the Community Garden has an interpretive panel to the right of the entrance, and three new benches surrounding the grass as well as a picnic table in the centre of the hard standing near the grass. The benches have inscriptions to draw attention to the peace of the garden, and to the proximity of the steam train. The benches were designed by Interpretaction and made by The Forestry Commission at Mosstodloch.

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