Praise for walled garden’s remarkable progress

The historic Amisfield Walled Garden has been praised by local parliamentarians Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP following a visit this week.

The politicians visited the garden on the outskirts of Haddington to meet Amisfield Preservation Trust Chairperson, Kate Rycroft, and volunteer co-ordinator, Alasdair McDougall, and discuss the latest progress on site and its future development plans.

Speaking after the visit, Iain Gray MSP said:

“I have had the privilege of following the remarkable progress at Amisfield Walled Garden for a number of years now. Kate and the Trust’s other volunteers have worked incredibly hard to bring the garden back to life and make it a real asset for Haddington and the whole of East Lothian.

“It is now a really fantastic local attraction and focus for learning and wellbeing at the heart of the county, and I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has not yet visited.”

Martin Whitfield MP said:

“Over the last few years a dedicated team of volunteers have transformed the walled garden from its previously sadly neglected state into a beautiful community garden with a venue for education and training for people of all abilities.

“It was clear that all the hard work they have undertaken has helped the garden become increasingly popular as a visitor destination, with an annual programme of events and activities helping to attract well over 1,000 visitors a year.”

Kate Rycroft, Chairperson, Amisfield Preservation Trust, said:

“It was a pleasure to meet Martin and to welcome back Iain to the garden. We were delighted to have the opportunity to show them the work that has been carried out by our volunteers and to discuss ways that our project can further benefit the local community.”

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