Plaque unveiled

Duke marks Dalkeith’s restoration project

Dalkeith Country Park Duke of GloucesterThe Duke of Gloucester performed the official opening of Restoration Yard at Dalkeith Country Park which has undergone a £7 million refurbishment.

Its new facilities is ready to welcome 300,000 annual visitors and the Duke unveiled a plaque acknowledging the history of the Stableyard which dates back to the 1700s. 

He was welcomed by Lord Damian Scott, who is leading the project on behalf of the Buccleuch family, and Duncan Mackison, chief operations officer at Buccleuch.

The Duke also met project partners who have played an integral role in the redevelopment including Amanda Pratt, designer and previous owner of Ireland’s leading retail and food experience, Avoca, and representatives from construction firm Taylor & Fraser.

The Restoration Yard will open its doors on 25 July alongside an expansive new adventure playground named Fort Douglas. The park’s walking and cycling routes have also been upgraded and a new programme of activities is currently being developed.

The 1,000 acre park now includes a new nature trail through its 700-year-old ancient oak woodland alongside re-laid paths for walkers, cyclists and buggies and over 100 waymark signs and nature interpretation boards.

Lord Damian Scott said: “It was an honour to welcome The Duke of Gloucester to Dalkeith Country Park. Today’s plaque unveiling marks the restoration of these beautiful eighteenth century stableyard buildings and sets the scene for an exciting new era of operations within the park.” 

Photo: Lord Damian Scott with the Duke of Gloucester (contributed)

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