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Rules for the use of the Gardens

The pleasure grounds of the Moray Feu are the common property of the Feuars and are available for the enjoyment of all of the Feuars who have paid their assessments.  In order to preserve and maintain the environment and beauty of the pleasure grounds and their enjoyment by the Feuars it is essential that those entering and using the gardens do so with due respect and consideration both for fellow Feuars and the gardens.

The following rules have been agreed upon for users of the gardens.

Keys

Keys should not be handed out to third parties. The gardens are for the use of Feuars, their families, guests, tenants and outside subscribers only.

Gates
The gates must be securely closed immediately after entering or exiting the gardens as leaving them open will compromise the security of the gardens and allow small children or dogs to run out onto the road.

Care of Gardens
All users of the gardens, including dogs, must take care not to injure the plants and must not enter into the flower beds or shrubberies at any time.

Code of Conduct for Dogs
Only dogs registered with the Secretaries and wearing their specially issued tags are allowed in the gardens.  Dogs are only permitted in the gardens in the charge of the key-holder or their appointee who must be able to exercise effective control of the dog at all times.

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 apprehension, 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 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 must be kept on a lead at all times between the hours of sunset and sunrise.

Dogs allowed in the gardens should be regularly wormed.

Owners or their appointees must ensure that their dogs do not enter the shrubberies or the flowerbeds and that they do 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 require dogs to be kept on a lead at all times or restrict use of the gardens by specific dogs if this code is not followed.

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.

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

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

BBQ
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 from the gardens.

Private Functions
Feuars and outside subscribers wishing to hold a private function involving 20 or more people must first obtain the consent of the garden’s committee in accordance with the Private Events Policy.  Application forms, which must be submitted to Whitelaw Wells not less than one month in advance of the event, can be found on the website.

Awning Use
You may hire the awning for the charge for feuars of £30, outside subscribers £50. The gardeners will erect and dismantle it. Please contact John Hughes, the Head Gardener, telephone number 07979 763711, 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
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 2019