A plan is gather pace for essential repair work to historic Ellon Castle garden.
The trust set up to help bring the garden back to its former glory is preparing proposals for the necessary repairs for Historic Scotland.
Once the listed building is made safe, the trustees are keen for local residents to become involved in the management of the garden.
The trust will shortly acquire the garden from Scotia and Barratt who have owned it since they purchased land that is now under development at Castle Meadows.
The charity will own and manage a walled garden extending to about six acres containing the old castle ruin.
Trust chairman Alan Cameron said they were now seeking further volunteers from the Ellon community to join the board as the work to conserve the garden begins in earnest.
They would particularly like to hear from individuals with marketing, communications, fundraising, financial management, procurement, H&S, or construction experience.
They will also be looking for a part-time factor to oversee the 11 apartments to be handed over to them by the developers as part of planning gain.
Mr Cameron explained that remedial work would have to be carried out before they could involve the public.
He added: “Some structural work needs to be done at the castle to make it safe before we take in volunteers or visitors to help.
“We can do nothing until we get permission from Historic Scotland and we are preparing a plan for them.”
Plans for the site also include tidying the footpaths, steps and terraces and replacing trees and shrubs.
Anyone interested in becoming involved should call 01358 720130.