A north-east woman has spoken of her surprise after winning a prestigious new volunteering award for her work tending the gardens at Castle Fraser.
Jean Jolly, from Westhill, has received the “point of light” award from Prime Minister David Cameron for giving up her free time to ensure the historic grounds bloom.
The awards scheme aims to honour someone across the country every day, and is linked with a programme in America, established by former president George W Bush, and backed by President Barack Obama.
Miss Jolly has been volunteering for 38 years, and has been based at Castle Fraser, near Kemnay, for the last 14.
Originally from Manchester, she moved north to Aberdeen 40 years ago, working as senior librarian at the city’s College of Education until her retirement.
“I was very surprised to hear the news and I’m very grateful for the award and see it as recognition of the contribution made to the work of the National Trust for Scotland by its many volunteers, especially, in this case, to those who help in its gardens,” she said.
Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, said: “Volunteering makes such a difference in so many walks of life.
“I am pleased to see the recognition being given to Miss Jolly for her efforts in keeping Scotland’s heritage alive through work with the National Trust of Scotland.”