Our Latest News

Thanks for checking out the latest news from the Bannockburn House Trust. Here you will find the latest blogs from the gardening, history and operations teams and any news updates for the project.  We encourage our volunteers to write blogs for the website and would be delighted to hear from you if you volunteer and would like to write a blog for us. Email [email protected].

Latest News

Clearing the ceders

Working on the south lawn, Clearing up the cedar trunks. The volunteers have been busy clearing up the felled cedar in the garden. Cairn is a regular steward at our Paranormal evenings and also a qualified arborist.  We also have Paul, Willie, Chrissie,...

Bannockburn House on Tour – Japenese Garden at Cowden

Visiting the Japanese GardenRecently, Bannockburn House played host to team members from The Japanese Garden at Cowden for a tour of our House and Garden. Last week we were given the opportunity to take part in a reciprocal visit to the Japanese Garden for a guided...

Tales of Tartan – Volume 2

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A VERY SPECIAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE TARTAN AND ITS CONNECTIONS TO BANNOCKBURN HOUSE! On June 25th we will be hosting talks by world-renowned experts in tartan and historical dress, Peter MacDonald and Rebecca Olds. To kick off this fantastic...

Challenging Times for Bannockburn House Trust

Challenging Times for Bannockburn House TrustWe have recently been informed that we were unsuccessful with an application for core funding from the Scottish Government. This news, unfortunately, means that we have had to say goodbye to some members of staff. Jim...

Tales of Tartan – Volume 1

We are excited to announce a very special event to celebrate tartan and its connections to Bannockburn House! On June 25th we will be hosting talks by world-renowned experts in tartan and historical dress, Peter MacDonald and Rebecca Olds. To kick off this fantastic...

Come visit a historic gem, book on to a tour.

Our Tours are now available to book from April 2nd. Available dates are 2nd April, 7th May , 4th June, 2nd July, 3rd September, 1st October Check out our events page or click on our booking page directly to get your ticket

Stirling Council invests £600K in community projects as it celebrates local hero who made his mark in San Francisco

Stirling Council has allocated an investment of £600,000 in community-led projects on the anniversary of one of Bannockburn’s most famous sons. Four projects across the area will receive awards ranging from £25,000 to £300,000 to support regeneration and economic...

Invitation to Tender- City Deal Green Book Business Case

Bannockburn House Trust Invitation to Tender City Deal Green Book Business Case   Bannockburn House Trust (BHT) is a Scottish Charity which owns an historic 30-acre estate to the south of Stirling. It is preparing a bid for City Deal finance and requires a...

BANNOCKBURN HOUSE RETURNS TO ITS TARTAN ROOTS

  A month-long celebration of all things tartan will take place in Stirling this August, marking 200 years since a ‘ban’ on traditional Highland dress was lifted by King George IV.   Tartan Fest celebrations will kick off on Saturday 6 August with a two-day...

Wedding Fayre 3rd April 2022

Bannockburn House hosted a new event on 3rd April, its first Wedding Fayre. Images by Hugh McCusker. Over 100 loved up couples attended the event showcasing over 25 unique wedding specialists...

Garden blog

Bats

Bats and Bat boxesThe two wooden bat boxes in the pictures were made by Eric Flemming, one of our volunteers at Bannockburn House, and were made using a design found on the Internet. These were made from untreated Larch which was sourced from a local timber yard. Cuts...

Spring is Sprung

To be a successful gardener To be a successful gardener, it is important to be an optimist. You have to believe that every seed you plant will grow into the most stunningly beautiful cabbage or cornflower and when you plant spring bulbs, surely only an optimist would...

Chase away the Winter Blues!

Peach Tree Greenhouse Week in, week out, the garden team can be found, working on the various areas of the surrounding garden. Often, we are digging or weeding, cutting back overgrown shrubs or decaying trees and sometimes we tackle a new section of the neglected...

Snowdrops

February Fair Maids Snowdrops are not native to Britain but originate from mainland Europe and the common variety, Galanthus nivalis  (Galanthus -‘milkflower’, nivalis - ‘of the snow’) is believed to have been introduced around the beginning of the 16th century,...

A Happy New Year to all our Readers

A Happy New Year to all our Readers!   On the Bonfire It’s always a good feeling after the Christmas and New Year excess to get back out into the garden and begin a new growing season. January is a good time to clear out dead and diseased branches from...

Highlights of 2023

Highlights of 2023 Now that we have reached the Winter Solstice, the turning point of the year, it is good to look back on the past twelve months from the comfort of a warm, cosy armchair. We had six weeks of drought in May and June, weeks of rain in February, August...

Tales of Autumn

Tales of Autumn Drummond, our rescue cat has started to follow us about when we are working in different parts of the garden. Last week he actually followed us into the polytunnels for the first time.  Almost immediately, he began to run this way and that,...

Reap what you sow

What a difference a month can make! Now that we are well into September, the Autumn weather is certainly in full flow. Leaves are starting to fall, swirling across the lawns as the breezes catch them, and windfall apples are being devoured by hungry wasps and clouds...

Summer’s lease hath all too short a date

  Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.  As August draws to an end I find myself wondering where the month has gone and what lies ahead. As Shakespeare says, “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date”. Schools are back, children have swapped toys and the...

Cats and Commas

Cats and CommasScotland’s year of climate anomalies seems to be continuing with each successive month breaking another record as the hottest, wettest or the windiest since records began. June 2023 was the hottest ever on record for the UK, it was drier than average...

History Blog

Pumpkin Pie recipes and Modern Adaptations 17th and 18th Century

1660- Robert May “Accomplisht Cook” "To make a Pumpion Pie." Take a pound of pumpion and slice it, a handful of thyme, a little rosemary, and sweet marjoram stripped off the stalks, chop them small, then take cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and a few cloves all beaten, also...

Redding Pit Disaster in Falkirk

Today marks the centenary of the Redding Pit Disaster in Falkirk. This was one of the worst accidents in Scottish Mining History, where 40 men tragically lost their lives when the Redding Pit flooded and 66 miners were trapped underground. An account of the disaster...

Stained Glass Memories part 4

This is the Fourth part of a four-part blog. The first instalment for this can be found here. The second instalment can be found here. The third instalment of this blog can be found here.Stained Glass Memories’ in Airdrie continued‘Flowerhill Parish Church, Airdrie...

Stained Glass Memories Part 3

This is the Third part of a four-part blog. The first instalment for this can be found here. The second instalment can be found here.‘Stained Glass Memories’ in AirdrieAirdrie Library – memorial window installed 1893 Situated in the stairwell of Airdrie Library in...

Stained Glass Memories Part 2

This is the second part of a four-part blog. The first instalment for this can be found here.‘Stained Glass Memories’ in Glenmavis New Monkland Parish Church, in Glenmavis, Airdrie – memorial window installed 1924. The Church of New Monkland in Airdrie has been...

BANNOCKBURN HOUSE – Stained Glass Memories part 1

Join us in this 4-part blog series and peel back the layers of history and artistry, as we unlock the grace of one of the families that lived in Bannockburn House. The Mitchell family, Showing their commissioned stained-glass windows. With each pane, we discover the...

Tales of Tartan Volume 3

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A VERY SPECIAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE TARTAN AND ITS CONNECTIONS TO BANNOCKBURN HOUSE! On June 25th we will be hosting talks by world-renowned experts in tartan and historical dress, Peter MacDonald and Rebecca Olds.  To celebrate we’re...

Tales of Tartan – Volume 2

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A VERY SPECIAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE TARTAN AND ITS CONNECTIONS TO BANNOCKBURN HOUSE! On June 25th we will be hosting talks by world-renowned experts in tartan and historical dress, Peter MacDonald and Rebecca Olds. To kick off this fantastic...

St Ninian Clock Tower Event Sunday 29th January 2023

Come to St. Ninians Church Hall for an afternoon of history and a guided walk and talk around the clock tower that exploded during January when the Jacobites were based in Stirling, led by Dr. Murray Cook. On the day, refreshments are also available. The tickets can...

A famous Son coming back home

John McLaren, Horticulturalist, born in Bannockburn, started his gardening career at Bannockburn House before he eventually emigrated to America. This is an information panel talking about his documented journey back home to Bannockburn and other places around the...

Events Blog

Tales of Tartan Volume 3

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A VERY SPECIAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE TARTAN AND ITS CONNECTIONS TO BANNOCKBURN HOUSE! On June 25th we will be hosting talks by world-renowned experts in tartan and historical dress, Peter MacDonald and Rebecca Olds.  To celebrate we’re...

Tales of Tartan – Volume 2

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A VERY SPECIAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE TARTAN AND ITS CONNECTIONS TO BANNOCKBURN HOUSE! On June 25th we will be hosting talks by world-renowned experts in tartan and historical dress, Peter MacDonald and Rebecca Olds. To kick off this fantastic...

Tales of Tartan – Volume 1

We are excited to announce a very special event to celebrate tartan and its connections to Bannockburn House! On June 25th we will be hosting talks by world-renowned experts in tartan and historical dress, Peter MacDonald and Rebecca Olds. To kick off this fantastic...

Come visit a historic gem, book on to a tour.

Our Tours are now available to book from April 2nd. Available dates are 2nd April, 7th May , 4th June, 2nd July, 3rd September, 1st October Check out our events page or click on our booking page directly to get your ticket

St Ninian Clock Tower Event Sunday 29th January 2023

Come to St. Ninians Church Hall for an afternoon of history and a guided walk and talk around the clock tower that exploded during January when the Jacobites were based in Stirling, led by Dr. Murray Cook. On the day, refreshments are also available. The tickets can...

Battle of Sheriffmuir

Battle of Sheriffmuir  Written by Liam McDermott - History Group The 13th November is an important date within the Jacobite Calendar as this year it commemorates the 307th anniversary of the Battle of Sheriffmuir. Pictured above: Depiction of the Battle of...

Invitation to Tender- City Deal Green Book Business Case

Bannockburn House Trust Invitation to Tender City Deal Green Book Business Case   Bannockburn House Trust (BHT) is a Scottish Charity which owns an historic 30-acre estate to the south of Stirling. It is preparing a bid for City Deal finance and requires a...

BANNOCKBURN HOUSE RETURNS TO ITS TARTAN ROOTS

  A month-long celebration of all things tartan will take place in Stirling this August, marking 200 years since a ‘ban’ on traditional Highland dress was lifted by King George IV.   Tartan Fest celebrations will kick off on Saturday 6 August with a two-day...

Work Experience at Bannockburn House

An exclusive look at the breath-taking Bannockburn House. Nestled outside Stirling in beautiful woodland and exquisite gardens stands a magnificent 17th Century mansion with a rich, colourful history. Now owned by the local community this enchanting building holds...

Visit from MP and MSP to Bannockburn House

On Friday 4th March Bannockburn House had the pleasure of hosting MP Alyn Smith, MSP Evelyn Tweed and Cllr Alasdair MacPherson to discuss our plans.   We briefly discussed our recent achievements from our huge volunteer led gardening, construction and wall work...

Bee Keepers Blog

Apiary Blog March 2024

Like the rest of the garden, the apiary is coming to life after winter.  It has been warm enough during the day that the bees are no longer huddled in a cluster and instead are out foraging for pollen. The valuable early sources of pollen are giving way to the...

Reflections from the Apiary

Reflections from the ApiaryIt’s October and the end of the beekeeping year. The days are shortening, the wind picking up and, as far as the bees are concerned, the hatches have been battened down. The queen is curtailing her laying and the worker bees have...

It’s Swarm Season

A Swarm in June is worth a Silver SpoonIt’s swarm season which (apart from the sticky mess of extracting honey) is what beekeepers live for. It’s so much fun!Colony numbers have expanded rapidly since April so that the foraging force will be at its peak by the time of...

Apiary Visit from Dunblane and Stirling Beekeepers’ Association

Apiary Visit This weekend the Apiary Team hosted a visit for Dunblane and Stirling Beekeepers’ Association members. The association has been instrumental in helping to get the Bannockburn House Apiary set up.  All Apiary Team members attend the Winter beginners’...

It’s All About The Queen

It’s been a month of Queen cells at the apiary.  There are three types: swarm cells, supersedure cells and emergency queen cells.  Swarm cells occur when the colony becomes congested – the old queen and about 60% of the colony form a swarm and relocate in a...
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