"The Atholl Palace is one of my favourite places where each year we meet up with good friends and have fun. It's the perfect place to stay in a perfect setting with lovely people looking after us. What more could a person want?"
Winter 2003/4 work programme
The gradual refurbishment of the Palace gardens, like the interior of the hotel, is ongoing.Over 3000 daffodils and narcissi have already been planted.
The gradual refurbishment of the Palace gardens, like the interior of the hotel, is ongoing.
Over 3000 daffodils and narcissi, 2000 winter and spring flowering crocus, 1000 spring flowering tulips and 500 summer flowering lilies and iris’ have already been planted. For such a large garden this may not seem much but we are working to an annual programme and as these bulbs are perennial, and naturalising, we will build on these numbers in years to come to try to create a welcoming and natural “splash” of colour in a variety of settings
Many cuttings have been taken from some of our favourite shrubs and flowers, we are growing these on in the “cool-house” – please feel welcome to have a look at their progress and if you have an eye for anything in particular ask us and we may have a spare one to offer you
Young azaleas and rhododendrons have been replanted to replace some of the old and straggly originals that were cleared from the main driveway last winter. These new plants have been chosen to extend the flowering period so with luck and kind weather we may have them in flower from March to June. The main stepway leading up to the Palace is a major project that we will be starting. This has caused much discussion on the best way to tackle what is an old and tired area. We have decided to go cannily. Some of the poorer shrubs will be removed, others will be hard-pruned and given a last chance and some will be more gently pruned. New shrubs will be planted and we hope, roe deer damage allowing, to begin to establish some old-fashioned fragrant roses. All the beds will then be heavily mulched with farmyard manure from an organic farm and we will stand-back and hope.
Continuing rhodie clearance will begin after the New Year. This year’s target areas are the driveways to Corriebruach Lodge and the Herb Garden. After treatment these areas will be replanted with young stock.
The children’s play area is being refurbished. The swings and see-saw have been taken down. The uneven ground has been levelled and once fencing and wood chip have been supplied we will re-build the swings, see-saw and chute, refurbish the woodland hut and a safer, more fun play area will be available. Work should finish by the spring.
To add to the very successful bird and squirrel feeders in the herb garden, two new squirrel feeders have been placed on trees at the tennis courts. Up to five red and one grey are regularily using these feeders and very close watching or filming is possible.
Finally, after many months of discussion and consultation a sustainable woodland management plan is near completion. This will incorporate designation and specific management of a variety of woodland habitats. Refurbishment of woodland walkways and some form of signage and interpretation ought to be in place by the summer…all carefully designed to give hotel guests a more pleasant and interesting environment in which to enjoy their stay.
Innes finished in 04:41:34 and came 1987 out of 4117 who completed the race. A fabulous achievement!
Thank You to all sponsors.