See all stories
18 Mar 2022

Storm damage to Arduaine Garden

Many trees have been felled by the high winds
Arduaine Garden is closed until further notice, to allow staff to carry out essential forestry work necessary for safe access to the public.

Work has been going on at Arduaine Garden for the past five years, to remove larch trees from our windbreak to comply with a Statutory Plant Health Notice which was issued because of the presence of Phytophthora ramorum. This is a fungal like organism which causes dieback and death in a wide range of trees and shrubs, but particularly affects larch, which made up 90% of our windbreak. Work to remove this larch is almost complete.

The remaining 10% of trees which were planted at the same time as the larch have now become vulnerable to wind damage because the protection they once had from other trees has now gone, and the soils here are thin. It has become difficult to predict when these trees will fall, and some have blown down in moderate winds with no warning. We have also lost many trees due to the recent storms, which will take months to clear. Until the remaining vulnerable trees have been removed or reduced, and the fallen trees have been cleared, it will not be safe for visitors to access the garden.

The storm damage to Arduaine Garden is extensive

Work to remove the vulnerable trees will be carried out in the same careful manner that we have employed in the removal of the larch trees. We will remove or reduce trees by climbing them and carefully lowering cut sections using rigging techniques, in order to minimise damage to our nationally important collection of rhododendrons. This work is done by trained National Trust for Scotland staff and skilled contractors who have worked with us over the last five years.

The work to reopen the garden will be carried out in two stages.

  • The first stage of this work will enable the lower part of the garden to reopen to the public. We anticipate that this could take months and the lower garden may not open again until the end of summer.
  • The second stage, which will allow the rest of the garden to be opened, will not be completed until 2023.
Quote
“Our priority is to ensure that this beautiful place is cleaned up, cared for and ready to welcome the public again, as soon as we can. We’re really grateful for everyone’s understanding and support while this work is underway.”
Simon Jones
Garden and Designed Landscape Manager

Storm damage

Donate today