About 150 acres of our Aberdeenshire farm has been planted with trees and an arboretum is in early stages of growth. Activity like tree planting helps the environment as a carbon sink but the trees are also beautiful and enhance our enjoyment of the farm.
Halldis Mackie, a retired GP from Insch, and non-executive Director of Mackie’s of Scotland, is dedicating much of her retirement to the creation of a new 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 this collection has 147 trees so far, with 112 different species of tree from 34 families.
This is a young arboretum, just at the beginning of its life and should be truly majestic for visitors in 30 years’ time! However it is already a place of interest and a lovely spot to wander or picnic, and watch the young trees establish themselves and show their different foliage and colours.