Bute gardens ‘should be one of Europe’s best’

Don Murray wants to turn Mount Stuart's 300 acres of gardens into 'one of the finest in Europe'.
Don Murray wants to turn Mount Stuart's 300 acres of gardens into 'one of the finest in Europe'.

The man in charge of Mount Stuart’s gardens and grounds says he wants them to become one of the finest in Europe.

Don Murray was appointed as the Mount Stuart Trust’s head of island landscapes and horticulture last summer - almost 25 years after he first worked for the organisation.

In between he’s worked at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Florida, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, and most recently at the hugely successful Eden Project in Cornwall.

“They all have little pots of fairy dust throughout them,” Don told The Buteman this week, “and that’s what I want to bring here.

“The gardens should be among Europe’s finest. They were always laid out to be a showpiece, and I see Mount Stuart as a major botanical garden.

“I want to see Bute succeed. I believe it because I’ve seen it and done it. The Eden Project turned an old quarry into one of the top visitor attractions in Britain.

“Some people might think I’m just talking out of my backside, but other projects in other places have succeeded, so why can’t we?”

* Read Don’s story in full in the February 5 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.