Grounds for optimism at Amisfield Walled Backyard

AN HISTORIC backyard which is changing into an more and more well-liked vacationer vacation spot has been visited by two of the county’s senior politicians.

Amisfield Walled Backyard, on Haddington’s japanese edge, dates again to the late 18th century and is likely one of the largest gardens of its form in Scotland.

In 2012, the Amisfield Preservation Belief was granted a 99-year lease of the backyard from East Lothian Council, the present house owners, on the situation that the backyard be developed as a group useful resource.

Within the seven years since, volunteers have labored onerous to breathe new life into it.

Kate Rycroft, chairwoman of Amisfield Preservation Belief, and Alasdair McDougall, volunteer co-ordinator, met East Lothian MP Martin Whitfield and MSP Iain Grey on the backyard final month to debate future plans.

Mr Whitfield was impressed with the work on the positioning and mentioned: “Over the previous couple of years, a devoted group of volunteers have reworked the walled backyard from a sadly uncared for state into a fantastic group backyard with a venue for training and coaching for individuals of all skills.

“It was clear that every one the onerous work they’ve undertaken has helped the backyard turn into more and more well-liked as a customer vacation spot, with an annual programme of occasions and actions serving to to draw nicely over 1,000 guests a 12 months.

“It’s a actually implausible native attraction on the coronary heart of our nice county and I can completely suggest it to anybody who has not but had an opportunity to go to.”