About 150 acres of our Aberdeenshire farm is now established woodlands in addition to our special arboretum. Activity like tree planting helps the environment as a carbon sink but the trees are also beautiful and enhance our enjoyment of the farm.
The late Halldis Mackie dedicated much of her time and energy, in her retirement from being a local GP, to the creation of an arboretum on the farm in an area now protected by a border of native trees we planted 20 years ago. An arboretum is a collection of trees, and Halldis Mackie's collection has 147 trees so far, with 112 different species of tree from 34 families.
The tree have been carefully planted in zones and with grass paths and a pond to create a beautiful place for visitors or staff to enjoy a moment outside. This beautiful and peaceful arboretum is also the final resting place for our Chairman, Maitland Mackie CBE (1937 - 2014) and his Norwegian wife of over 50 years, Halldis. The arboretum is at the beginning of its life and should be truly majestic for future generations of family and friends. It is already a place of interest and a lovely spot to wonder or picnic, and watch the young trees establish themselves and show their different foliage and colours.