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A Waterloo Commemoration

25 Jun 2015

Last week saw the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo- a defining moment in British History with a direct connection to us here at Haddo.

Lt Col Alexander Gordon, the youger brother of the 4th Earl of Aberdeen was aide de camp to the Duke of Wellington and was killed in action at Waterloo. The obelisk monument by the car park was built in his memory by the 4th Earl. 

The monument was cleaned and stabilised as part of the regeneration project, with new railings and a new path installed so you could walk to it from the park. As part of the bicentennial commemorations, on Saturday the current Lord Aberdeen unveiled two new interpretation boards, one by the park path and one by the monument itself, telling the history of Waterloo and Alexander Gordon. 

We had a lovely unveiling ceremony, attended by members of the local British Legion as well as friends and staff from Haddo and the surrounding estate. 

You can visit the monument any time the park is open, the path to it is just to your right after the garden area and you can walk right up to the base of the monument itself. 

Hit The Road

Our big event this weekend is the Haddo Hit The Road Festival, taking place on Saturday and Sunday between 11am-5pm. There'll be a bike exhibition with over 40 bikes on display in the Canadian Hall, a slow ride competition and a bike parade around the park at 3.30pm every day. 

We'll also be doing pond-dipping and mini-beast hunting (11.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-2.30pm in the wildlife/Friends garden) and a bike-themed treasure hunt around the park. 

Entry is £6 for adults, £3 for children and tickets will be on sale at the entrance. 

We will be coneing off a few paths during the bike parade and we'd ask you to keep all dogs on a lead around the parade route while the bikes are out in the park.

If you're looking for a quieter visit at the weekend then you could do worse than park in our second car park at Craigie Wood and walk down through the wood to the wild flower meadow by the lake. The wood is full or Willow Warblers, and the first Spotted Flycatcher of the year was seen in there on Monday. 

The meadow is still several weeks behind where it was this time last year, but the orchids are finally starting to flower in huge numbers, there are Chimney Sweeper moths around the frothy white Pignut flowers and the whole meadow is becoming quite spectacular. 

As always, if you see anything interesting (especially moths, butterflies, dragon or damselflies, or newly fledged birds) then do let us know and we can add it to our wildlife records.