Date – 3 August 2018
Time – 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where – Beechgrove Garden, 1 Mill of Brotherfield, Skene, Westhill AB32 6SQ. View Map


10.00   Arrive Beechgrove Garden (1 Mill of Brotherfield, Skene, Westhill AB32 6SQ)

Tour led by Mairi Rattray, Head Gardener who will show us around the garden that features

in the BBC 2 Scotland gardening programme.

11.30   Depart for Castleton Fruit Farm (Fordoun, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, AB30 1JX)

12.30   Lunch at Castleton Fruit Farm

13.15   Tour of Fruit Farm with Ross Mitchell, owner (see image above). In 1999 the decision was made to expand 15 acres of strawberries into a commercial scale. The first poly tunnels were erected in 2000 to eliminate weather related risks. Since then they have introduced raspberries, blueberries and cherries. They are now one of the largest fruit farms in Scotland, employing 600 people at the peak of their season.

15.00   Depart

There will be no cost to the event. Lunch can be bought at Castleton Farm Shop.

Please BOOK BY FRIDAY 27th JULY by contacting Peter McDonald on

Telephone 07792 752202


All welcome, members and non-members. CPD certificates for attendance are available on request from your Branch Events Organiser

Please use sat nav and the post code (AB32 6SQ) to get to the Beechgrove Garden. Further directions which may help close to the gardens are given below:

Travelling from Aberdeen, when you come to the roundabout that continues on to Westhill, take the first exit on to the Tarland B9119 road. Almost immediately, take the road to the left (narrow road) and follow for about 1 mile to the ‘T’ junction. Turn right, go round a tight left hand corner and The Beechgrove Garden is on your right. There is off-road (tarmac) free parking in front of the main shed and Head Gardener Mairi should be there to welcome.