14 Aug 2014
This weekend we're getting ready to start a fantastic new project at Haddo- something to keep our four-legged visitors entertained...
We're looking for volunteers to come along on Saturday and help us start building a new permanent agility trail in the dog park.
Eventually the new trail will include weaves, jumps, tunnels and a walk along, and the more people who come along on Saturday the more we can build! We'll be in the dog park from 10am to around 4pm, but you can join us all day, a couple of hours or as long asyou can manage. We'll provide all the equipment as well as tea, coffee and biscuits, you just need to bring some elbow grease and sensible clothes you don't mind getting a bit of paint on.
In September we'll also start holding some fun dog training sessions, to help people improve thier dog's recall when they're out and about in the countryside, and to get some advice about the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and how it applies to dog walkers. The first sessions will be run by the Aberdeenshire Council Ranger (and dog!). He'll be in the dog park from 2pm on the first two weekends in September. Everyone is welcome, and there's free training treats for any dogs who come along!
We've been hit quite hard by the weather this week as the tail end of Hurricane Bertha bought a huge amount of rain and wind, especially on Sunday night and Monday.
The water levels in the lake, duck pond and the Kelly Burn shot up and a few of the paths got quite badly flooded- the play castle in the new adventure playground even had its own moat! We're working to clear the paths as fast as possible but a lot of the park is still very soggy so it might be a good idea to bring your wellies if you're coming for a visit this weekend.
If there are any keen gardeners visiting Haddo this Sunday, then why not come along on a tour of the terraced gardens, led by the National Trust for Scotland gardeners as part of Scotland's Gardens Open Garden Scheme. The terrace gardens are undergoing a major restoration and this is your chance to find out all about the restoration work, the new planting and perhaps get some inspiration for your own garden. The tours run on Sunday 17th and Sunday 31st and you can find more details here.
Every Sunday in August, Haddo holds an evening service in the lovely chapel attached to Haddo House. Afternoon tea starts at 5pm, followed by the service itself at 6pm. You can find full details of all the service leaders on the National Trust for Scotland website.