Ellon Castle Gardens

March 2020

Snowdrop Festival!

We had a fantastic 3 days at the Snowdrop Festival! The weather was good and the kids were off school, so that really boosted our numbers. We welcomed over 200 people – the majority being non-members who had never visited before. It was great to see dozens of kids running around enjoying themselves and hearing …

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Dr Alison Craigon

Alison moved to Ellon in 2018; she lives in Castlepark with her partner and their dog. She began volunteering at the Castle Gardens in June 2019, to get involved in the local community, then joined the Board at the AGM in November 2019. Her responsibilities include chairing the Events Subgroup and coordinating the volunteers. She …

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David Wright

David has nearly 30 years experience in local authority sports, culture, education and tourism management. He currently works for the National Trust for Scotland as regional Business Manager for the North East, having previously worked for the region’s tourism management organisation, VisitAberdeenshire. Through his first degree in Human and Rural Geography, he was introduced to …

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Dr Steve Rainey

Dr Steve Rainey began his career in the petroleum industry as a sedimentologist in a major multi-national corporation 35 years ago. Since then he has held a variety of technical and senior management roles in the UK, the USA and the Sultanate of Oman, and has recently retired. He is a firm believer that everyone …

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Alan Cameron

Alan Cameron was Chairman of the Board from its inception until 2016 when he stood down and retired from the Board. He was persuaded to return in 2018 in order to engage with the local community. After more than 35 years in education – the last fifteen as Rector of Ellon Academy, Alan retired and …

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Michael Taylor

Mike was born and brought up in Ellon, where he lives with his wife Margaret. They have a son Ross who lives in Houston and a daughter Jane living in Aberdeen.  He retired from his architectural practice in 2013, Taylor Design Services. Through his company he has been involved in the development of Ellon for …

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Dr Richard Fox

Dr Richard Fox is a geologist by profession with nearly 30 years’ experience in the Oil Business and now runs his own Exploration Consulting Company. He worked for many years with BP throughout the world before returning to Ellon to take up a Leadership role with Dana Petroleum in Aberdeen. He is married with four …

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Chris Hall

Married, with two daughters and one grandson, Chris Hall has lived near Ellon for 27 years. He has been a member of the Ythan Community Council for over 20 years and currently serves as secretary. Recently Chris joined Ellon Rotary Club. He runs a small Chartered Accountancy practice with clients mainly spread over the North …

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Dr Stuart Wale

Dr Stuart Wale is Director of Horticulture and Chairman of the Trust.  A former Lecturer, and latterly Head of Crop Services and Dean of the Aberdeen Centre (SAC), Stuart brings great knowledge of plant cultivation and pathology to the Gardens.  Currently Stuart travels the world as a part-time researcher and consultant with Scotland’s Rural College.   …

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