Gardens Open Day
Gordonstoun recently opened its gardens and grounds to the public on behalf of the charity Scotlands Gardens. It is an annual event that the school has participated in for many years and is generally well supported by the local people. On display are our marvellous borders and magnificent grounds as well as some of our buildings - Gordonstoun House, Round Square (including the Library and Silence Room), the Michael Kirk and St Christopher's Chapel and Music School. These buildings are manned by student guides who are available to talk to visitors and answer their questions about the school and what it is like to be a student at Gordonstoun. Students also help out by taking entrance money on the gate, directing cars to designated parking areas and serving refreshments. All this is done by smiling, helpful volunteers, who are obviously proud of their school and happy to show it off to the visitors, and without whom we would not be able to manage the day.
Also present was our gardener, Rebecca Stewart, who was available to speak to fellow gardeners with questions about the fabulous borders she has created over the last few years. Our thanks go to her and to the rest of the Estates team who make the campus look so beautiful year round.
Despite a less than favourable weather forecast, a good number of people took the opportunity to spend their Sunday afternoon at the school, with many of them doing all, or part of, the conservation trail designed nearly 20 years ago by former student, James Smith. The rain held off for most of the afternoon and the event was judged to be a success. All proceeds from the garden's opening will go to Scotlands Gardens and the charities it supports.
Next year we will be opening the gardens on Sunday 2 September 2.00-4.00pm - save the date!