Tree Country in the garden at Torrdarach House, our Pitlochry
To have a large mature woodland style garden, in
such a tranquil spot so close to the Pitlochry town centre, is a really lovely
feature of Torrdarach House.
Highland Perthshire quite rightly
advertises itself as ‘Big Tree
Country’. The area is covered
in conifer plantations thanks to the work of the ‘Planting’ Dukes
Atholl through the late 18th century. Amongst these forests are strategically planted groves of
giant North American firs. These were introduced by
Perthshire born David Douglas in the early 18th century. Most notable amongst his North American introductions were the
Noble fir and Douglas-fir. These
are huge tree species and we are lucky enough to have a few in
the garden at Torrdarach House.
The Douglas-firs and Noble firs in Scotland are all younger
than 200 years old. So, despite being
the tallest trees in Britain at over 60m, they are still relatively young and
may only have reached half of their potential
height. Other species in the garden
include oak, birch, cherry, larch and beech.
The garden also has a burn (small stream) running through
it which, together with the mature
planting, is a big attraction for wildlife. Visitors include an
abundance of birds (including herons), roe deer, fallow
deer and we have several resident red squirrels (see our YouTube
page). These can be
seen in the garden throughout the year. A network of paths and strategically placed seating makes it
easy for guests to enjoy the garden.