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Please browse this section to read news and press releases from The MacRobert Trust.


Changes to Grant-making Process

February 17, 2016

Applicants should be aware that the grant-making process has changed – please check the appropriate pages under the Grant-Making section.

Neil Gow Oak planting

October 5, 2015

An oak seedling, offspring of the famous Neil Gow Oak in Dunkeld was planted by the MacRobert Trust and fiddler Paul Anderson in the …
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Photography Competition prize-winners

August 25, 2015

An in-house photography competition for Trust staff, family and friends was launched with a view to the photographs of anywhere on the MacRobert Trust …
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Gardens team to the rescue

August 3, 2015

The MacRobert Trust garden trainees, Martin, Emily, Catherine and Robbie and Training Gardeners Roddy, Stuart and Willie were busy in Tarland village recently. The …
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Retired Administrator Awarded Honorary Degree by the University of Aberdeen

July 21, 2015

Air Commodore Bob Joseph CBE, who retired from the Trust on 21st November 2014, was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Aberdeen …
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MacRobert Award finalists

May 28, 2015

Three UK companies have been confirmed as finalists for the MacRobert Award by the judging panel of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  The following …
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Douneside House, Trust’s flagship property – into the Future

April 23, 2015

The MacRobert Trust’s flagship property, Douneside House is to undergo a significant programme of renovation and refurbishment in 2015. Work commences on the former …
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Donald Heughan, FRSA, MRAeS, MIMechE, FIMgt, CEng, HonFREng (1926-2015)

April 9, 2015

It is with sadness we report that Donald Heughan passed away peacefully in his sleep on Easter Sunday, 5th April after a short spell …
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Former Garden Trainee becomes Head Gardener at Beechgrove Garden

January 30, 2015

We are very pleased to hear that 2012/13 MacRobert Trust Horticultural Trainee, Mairi Rattray, has been appointed as the new Head Gardener at BBC …
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A Change at the Top

November 24, 2014

 After nearly 11 years as the Administrator of the MacRobert Trust, based in Tarland, Air Commodore Bob Joseph, CBE RAF (Retd) leaves the hugely …
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Well done to our Horticultural Trainees

September 11, 2014

Our four horticultural trainees, Liam Busby, Georgiana Goss, Abigail Peppiatt and Hannah Streeter all completed their one-year placement within the MacRobert Trust Gardens with …
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Property Management Assistant

September 1, 2014

The MacRobert Trust requires a property management assistant to support the work of the Estate Manager on The MacRobert Trust’s estate at Tarland. The …
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MacRobert Award prize-winner 2014

July 3, 2014

The winner of the 2014 MacRobert Award for Innovation in Engineering was announced last night as the high point at this year’s Royal Academy of …
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Annual Review

December 17, 2013

The Trust’s first Annual Review has just been published and the link to a page-flip copy can be found by accessing the tab ‘About …
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Congratulations to our Horticultural Trainees

September 4, 2013

Our four horticultural trainees, Kim Riley, Tim Viney, Isaac Robinson and Mairi Rattray all completed their one-year placement within the MacRobert Trust Gardens with …
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Jubilee Wood

June 14, 2013

The Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Wood project aimed to plant 6 million trees in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee, creating beautiful …
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Sir Garth Morrison, KT, CBE, CEng, DL

June 5, 2013

It is with great sadness we report that The Trust’s former Chairman, Sir Garth Morrison, passed away peacefully at home on Friday 24th May …
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Trustees’ Tree-planting

December 14, 2012

The first tree to be planted on behalf of Trustees in the Arboretum coincided with the autumn Trustees’ meetings on Friday 2nd November.  All …
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Good Luck Cameron

September 12, 2012

Cameron Murray from Ayr, was offered a garden trainee-ship for 2011/12, following a successful 2-week residential period with The Trust for his Duke of …
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Farewell to Garden Trainees

August 30, 2012

Last year’s intake of garden trainees depart at the end of August after completing their year with The Trust.   Amber Everett, who hails from Fochabers, …
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Douneside Gardens Open Day 2012

July 31, 2012

A record number of visitors enjoyed a fine day at the annual Gardens Open Day at Douneside House on Sunday 15th July.  The gardeners …
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Diamond Jubilee

June 15, 2012

  Frances Troup, Head Cook at Douneside, made this magnificent Jubilee cake fit for a Queen which was shared by the community at the …
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Cheque presentation for swimathon

April 17, 2012

A bit of a do was held on Wednesday 4th April to mark the end of the Douneside swims the Dee remarkable event.  The …
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We are the Champions!

February 29, 2012

The ‘Douneside swims the Dee’ team have completed their massive challenge in record time to swim the equivalent length of the River Dee from …
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Douneside swims the Dee

February 9, 2012

A team of staff working for The MacRobert Trust in Tarland, Aberdeenshire has embarked on a ‘soggy’ challenge to swim the length of the …
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Third Farming Scholar Selected

January 25, 2012

The MacRobert Trust Scottish Farming Scholarship was established in partnership with the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust in March 2009 for a trial period of …
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The MacRobert Trust Launches New Website and Revised Charitable Themes

November 1, 2011

The MacRobert Trust is delighted to announce the launch of our brand new website, which has been completely redesigned and rewritten. We believe the …
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The MacRobert Trust’s First Farming Scholar Gains Award at October 2011 Nuffield Conference

November 1, 2011

The MacRobert Trust Scottish Farming Scholarship was established in partnership with the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust in March 2009 for a trial period of …
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MacRobert Trust Gardens Gain RHS Accreditation

October 21, 2011

The MacRobert Trust gardens have been officially accredited as a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ‘Qualifications Approved Learning Centre’ following a recent visit by Mr …
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