Media Release: LinkGiving restores castle gardens

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“THE grounds and gardens at Blair Castle, Culross have been transformed thanks to Link Group Ltd’s LinkGiving initative.

LinkGiving gives staff the opportunity to go the extra mile to help make a difference to the projects and communities with which Link already works in the day-to-day delivery of its services.

Link’s garden team of 60 staff and contractors spent two days working to improve the facilities for residents and visitors to Blair Castle including tidying and clearing the gardens, walled garden and woodland and refurbishing a pavilion.

Says a spokesperson: “Blair Castle is a grade A-listed mansion set in a 28-acre estate with walled garden and woodland paths. It is a respite holiday home for former miners and their families and is run by the Scottish Mineworkers Convalescent Trust.

“Link has been working with the Trust to establish horticulture and heritage employment, training and volunteering opportunities on the estate and received £23,000 from the Scottish Government’s People & Communities Fund to purchase horticulture equipment.”

Link and the Trust would like to thank a number of Link’s suppliers and contractors who generously donated their time, equipment and materials including JMK Groundcare Ltd, Saltire Roofing and Building Ltd, CD Environmental Design Ltd, Bell Group UK, Keyline and Vallti Paints.

Craig Sanderson, Link’s chief executive, said: “This project is a key aspect of the development of Link’s Employability and Volunteering Strategies and I’m delighted with the fantastic commitment from our contractors, the Scottish Government and our own staff.”

Roberta Black, manager, Blair Castle, added: “On behalf of the Trustees, I would like to say the work carried out by all contractors and staff connected to Link has been tremendous. Everyone who attended was committed and courteous and a credit to your orginisation and themselves.

“I spoke with everyone on site including two young men on a Government training programme and were happily pruning, painting, digging or generally tidying up.

“What impressed me most was the team building as all around the estate you could hear various groups working together.

“I know my Residents will enjoy the new facilities and will be suitably impressed and grateful to all who gave up their time on our behalf.

“Thank you to each and every one.”


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