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Rules for the use of the Gardens

Keys should not be handed out to third parties. The gardens are for the use of key-holders and their guests only. In order that the gardens can be enjoyed by all key-holders, the following rules have been agreed by the committee as general guidance for the use of the gardens.

Ball games
Except for croquet, only ball games played by children are allowed, and only on condition that a soft ball (not rugby or football) is used so that no damage is caused, and that enjoyment of the gardens by others is not disturbed.

Small bicycles are allowed, but only on the paths. No cycling on full-sized bicycles is permitted.

Code of conduct for dogs

Dogs are only allowed in the gardens in the charge of the key-holder or their appointee.

Only dogs registered with the Secretaries and wearing their specially issued tags are allowed in the gardens.

Dogs are to be kept under effective control, in line with the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010. This means that dogs should either be:

  • kept on a lead, or
  • kept in sight at all times, with the key-holder or appointee aware of what it’s doing and confident it will return promptly on command.

Any dog, regardless of its breed, can cause apprehensiveness, alarm, or even injury if its behaviour is ‘out of control’. This does not necessarily involve aggressive behaviour, but could involve running up to, barking at or jumping at other people or other dogs. What may seem like playful, friendly behaviour to one person, can be alarming to another. Key holders and appointees have a responsibility to ensure that their dog does not impede the enjoyment of the gardens for others.

Faeces of dogs in their charge must be picked up immediately by the key-holder or appointee, in line with the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003. Bags and bins are provided for this purpose. When taking dogs into the gardens after dark, key-holders or appointees must carry a torch.

Dogs allowed in the gardens should be regularly wormed.

Dogs are not allowed in the shrubberies or the flowerbeds and should not cause damage to the lawns.

Key-holders will make anyone they appoint to walk their dog in the gardens aware of the relevant parts of this code.

The Committee reserves the right to restrict use of the gardens by specific dogs if this code is not followed.

Care of gardens
All users of the gardens, including dogs, must take care not to injure the plants, or go into the flower beds or shrubberies.
No disposable barbecues should be put directly on the grass as this kills the grass and leaves an unsightly brown patch. All litter, particularly food, should be carefully gathered up and removed.

No fireworks may be set off in any of the gardens.

Please close gates behind you as leaving them open will allow small children or dogs to run out onto the road.

Private Functions
Anyone wishing to hold a private function involving more than 20 people in the gardens must apply to the secretaries for an application form at least one month prior to the event, which will be considered by the committee. Such functions may not be held without prior permission from the committee.

You may hire the Awning for the charge of £30. The gardeners will erect and dismantle it. Please contact John Hughes the Head Gardener, telephone number 07979763711, during working hours, to discuss the three possible locations. Payment should be made on booking approval. Please make cheques payable to Lord Moray’s Feuars.

Nurseries may allow their children to be in the gardens only between the following times:

  • 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
  • 2.15 pm – 3.15 pm

Access by contractors to the gardens

Permission should be obtained from the committee for access by third parties such as builders and scaffolders. Contact details of the owner and the contractor will be displayed on the noticeboard in the Bank Gardens so that any complaints can be dealt with directly. This is required for security reasons as garden flats are particularly vulnerable to break-ins. The feuar should provide them with their own keys. No access is allowed for plant and machinery without the committee’s express permission in writing. A form for feuars to complete is attached.

Key-holders are responsible for ensuring compliance with these rules by those accompanying them, by their tenants and by their own children and dogs, and shall be bound to make good any damage done.

Rules updated: May 2018