27 Aug 2015
Sunshine greeted the visitors to the Open Day last Sunday in the Art in Nature Garden at Haddo.
Lots of children and adults came to see how the wildlife garden has changed and watched artist Jemima Chillingworth and Mhairi, a Haddo volunteer, make bird feeders, flowers and animals from plastic bottles and yoghurt pots. The Open Day introduced visitors to the concept of introducing art into the garden and recycling everyday packaging into interesting features for the garden.
The straw bale floating in the pond was a curiosity for visitors. It is there for 2 months to help clear the water of the algae that has built up on the surface. New art installations around the garden are being added each week by our keen group of 8 volunteers who meet on Wednesdays in the garden. On Tuesday 24 volunteers from the 1st Ellon Scouts came to paint the pond fence and clear weeds from around the edge. They also filled the bug hotel with twigs and painted 2 bird boxes.
On Saturday 5 September and Saturday 12 September we're having two Recycled Craft Days in the garden, you can get lots of ideas for your own outdoor space, and have fun making flowers, bird feeders and garden decorations. There is no booking required and the session costs £2 for each craft.
If you're looking for a slightly quieter but no less creative evening, then why not come along to our Poetry In The Park evening on Friday 4th September.
Local poet Petra Vergunst will be leading a short walk around the park, explaining how she finds her inspiration in the outdoors. Then we'll head back to the Peatyards for poetry readings, some traditional music and some refreshments. You can find all the details on our events page here.
If you're at Haddo this weekend, don't forget that the World Wide Weave exhibition is still on in the Peatyards an is well worth a visit. The exhibition is open from 10am and entry is absolutely free so there's not excuse not to pop up and have a look!
It still feels quite summery out in the park at the moment, and most of our summer wildlife is still around for now. Things are on the move though- Goosander and Little Grebe have reappeared on the lake and the flower meadow is full of migrating Silver Y moths as well as a few Painted Ladies. We also had a Shoveler on the lake on Tuesday, not a rare duck but one we've not recorded at Haddo since September 2013.
Now that everything's become a bit quieter after the holidays we're starting to see a lot more squirrels around in the park, with three together by the Squirrel Hide on Tuesday morning. They're still finding plenty of natural food at the moment but from mid-September we'll start filling the squirrel feeding boxes again to give them a bit of extra help through the winter.