Warm welcome at Bard’s home
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