SNP MP for Gordon, Richard Thomson, has today praised the National Trust for Scotland employees at Pitmedden Garden as it reopens to the public. The property was one of the only NTS gardens in Scotland which was not scheduled to reopen when the initial announcements were made.
Determined to have the property reopened, the team diligently worked to produce a plan to safely return to normal operations. Mr Thomson took part in the consultation period that followed, recommending the plans were given careful consideration by NTS bosses.
Following their efforts, the announcement was made that the property can partially reopen on Saturday August 29.
Commenting on his visit, Mr Thomson said: “I must commend the staff at Pitmedden Garden for the phenomenal amount of energy they put in to get to this stage. Although there is a select team at the moment, while others remain on ‘furlough’ and not all buildings are open, it was a very welcome step to see the public welcomed into the garden and gift shop once again.
“This was opening day and already the passionate employees have begun to plan how they will build on the limited operations to increase their offering in the coming weeks. It has been a challenging time for the Trust, as it has been for many people, so to have a community asset like this open once more is commendable.”