Restoring the Historic Landscape at Burns Cottage
“The snawdrap and primrose our woodlands adorn,
And violets bathe in the weet o’ the morn.”
Robert Burns, 1794
William Burnes (that’s Rabbie’s father) dreamed of creating a market garden on the land surrounding the cottage where his son was born. While his “New Gardens” project never came to fruition, today – over 250 years later – the National Trust for Scotland is working to implement some of his ideas.
Last summer, the Trust cleared the area to plant an orchard with 28 different varieties of apples, made improvements to woodland paths, and installed a pond and raised vegetable beds.
This season, a large number of trees and shrubs, including stands of Silver birch, Hazel and Sweet Briar Rose were planted, adding a beautiful display of color across the small farm.
The area designated for a meadow has been prepared to sow Yellow Rattle, which once established will combat the growth of grasses in the meadow. The pond has settled into the landscape and plants around the pond are becoming more established.
Over the winter months a woodland walk to a small structure holding educational interpretation will be built.