Warm wel­come at Bard’s home

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Sharon Lip­trott

El­lis­land held its an­nual Har­vest Home on Satur­day at­tract­ing plenty of visi­tors to the former farm of Robert Burns.

The event, or­gan­ised by The Friends of El­lis­land, cel­e­brates lo­cal food and drink pro­duc­ers and there were plenty of tasty treats to sam­ple in­clud­ing cheese, cider, honey, choco­late and Fair­trade goods.

The farm, at Auld­girth, was gifted to the na­tion in 1928 by two Duris­deer broth­ers “for the con­tem­pla­tion of the life and works” of the Bard.

The house, farm build­ings, land and a col­lec­tion of 150 items which be­longed to the poet – hailed as “one of the world’s most im­por­tant col­lec­tions of Burns trea­sures” – are man­aged by the El­lis­land Trust.

Now, the trust is work­ing with a team of pro­fes­sion­als and ad­vis­ers to de­velop the site, open more of it to the pub­lic and un­lock its po­ten­tial as a ma­jor visi­tor at­trac­tion.

To­mor­row, there will be a free fam­ily event at El­lis­land to help con­tinue works to create a wild gar­den on the banks of the Nith.

The Go Wild Day, from 10am to noon, will in­clude free re­fresh­ments.

Cu­ra­tor Stu­art Cochrane said: “We hope fam­i­lies will come and sup­port us to­mor­row. They will get the chance to go wild seed sow­ing in the Poet’s Wild Gar­den we are cre­at­ing and to make bird boxes ready for nest­ing in the spring.

“There will also be the chance to try your hand at mak­ing bug ho­tels and hedge­hog homes.

“This event is kindly sup­ported by Heath­hall Gar­den Cen­tre who have a won­der­ful se­lec­tion of wild flower seeds and wildlife sup­plies.”

Vol­un­teer Hugh Lind added: “Burns chose to live at El­lis­land due to it’s beau­ti­ful sit­u­a­tion on the river and uses the flow­ers, birds and wildlife seen to­day at El­lis­land in many of his po­ems. We want to en­cour­age El­lis­land to be a wel­com­ing home to all visi­tors, whether furry or feath­ered.”

Sweet treats Ian Shaw with his home­made goods

Chrissy Berry Also known as“The Kitchen Witch”

Have a taste Ju­dith Mylne and Mar­garet Dono­van

Hand­made Ian Meade with his choco­late treats

Cider maker Penny Now­ell at her stall

Fair­trade Matthew Aitken from Dun­score

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