Garden Rules

Garden Rules |Feuars, Residents and Outside Subscribers

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

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.


Dog owners wishing to bring their dogs into the gardens must first have registered their dog with Whitelaw Wells and must comply with all relevant regulations for dog owners and abide by the Code of Conduct for Dog Owners (“the Code”) at all times. Only dogs registered with Whitelaw Wells and wearing a collar and owner identification in accordance with the Control of Dogs Order 1992 / 901 Regulation with their specially issued tags and in the charge of the owner or appointee are permitted in the gardens.  The owner or appointee must keep their dogs under effective control at all times, in accordance with the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 and must abide by the Code of Conduct for Dog Owners.

A fee will be payable on registration of each dog.  The dog owner will receive a numbered tag which can be worn permanently or attached to the dog’s collar immediately before it is brought into the gardens. In addition to the initial registration fee an annual fee shall be payable each subsequent assessment year or part year thereafter, such annual fee to be paid by Direct Debit and will be collected along with the annual garden assessments.

Visiting dogs can be registered with the Secretaries on payment of a registration fee in exchange for which a numbered tag will be issued which must be worn on the dog’s collar before entering the gardens.

The Gardens Management Committee may require Dog Owners to keep their dogs on leads at certain times.  Individual Dog Owners can be required to keep their dogs on a lead in the gardens and any use of the gardens by specific dogs may be restricted if the Dog Owner or their appointee(s) do not adhere to the Code of Conduct for Dog Owners.

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.

No fireworks may be set off in any of the gardens.6

Two built-in barbecues (Moray Gardens) are available to use, a booking sheet can be found on the noticeboard.  No portable or disposable barbecues are permitted.  All litter, particularly food, should be carefully gathered up and removed from the gardens.

Private Functions |Feuars and Residents
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 Function Policy.  Application forms, which must be submitted to Whitelaw Wells not less than two weeks in advance of the event, can be found on the website.

1.       All private events for 20 or more people require application to and approval from the Gardens Management Committee.

2.       Applications for a private event must be made not less than 14 days in advance of the event.

3.       Applicants understand that the gardens are available to other users at all times.

4.       Events organised on behalf of the Feuars by the Gardens Management Committee take precedence over all other events.

5.       Only one private event is permitted in each garden at any one time.

6.       Private events are not permitted in the Bank Garden at any time as it is not suitable for such purposes.

7.       Only Feuars who are current in their assessment payments are permitted to hold private functions in the gardens.

8.       The Feuar named on the application will personally be in attendance throughout the function, ensuring their guests leave the garden at its conclusion.

9.       Garden gates will be kept closed and locked at all times.  Access by guests must be supervised throughout the function.

10.      No bouncy castles, other inflatables or large play equipment are permitted.

11.      Amplified music is not allowed at any time; other music must stop at 11PM.

12.      Guests’ taxis are to be ordered from the door of the Feuar organising the function.

13.      All litter, glass, debris and any other items must be removed from the gardens immediately following the event.

14.      No fuel, other than to be used in the fixed barbeque, will be brought into the gardens; portable barbecues are not permitted.

15.      No generators will be used at private functions without specific prior consent in writing of the Gardens Management Committee.

16.      The barbecues in the Moray Place Garden must be reserved separately, if their use is desired for a private event. The Feuar organising the private function must first check on the reservation sheet posted in the garden notice board to ensure that the barbecue has not been booked for the desired event date on the sheet in the gardens.  If barbecues are to be reserved, this must be done prior to submitting an application to hold a private event.

Application forms, which must be submitted to Whitelaw Wells not less than two weeks in advance of the event, can be found on the website.

Awning Use
You may hire the awning for the charge for Feuars of £100. 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 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

Garden Team
Two full-time gardeners, John Hughes and Melvyn Clench, are employed by the Garden  Management Committee on behalf of the Feuars and are given directions by and report to the garden’s convenor. Please respect the gardener’s time and profession, they are not employed to police the gardens; direct concerns or complaints to the committee.  Outside contractors, such as a tree surgeon, are engaged when required.


Access by Tradesperson to the Bank Gardens

Access for tradesperson through the Bank Gardens is only permitted with the prior consent of the Garden’s Committee and in accordance with the Policy on Tradesperson Access to the Bank Gardens. Access must not be taken unless and until approval is given.  Application forms, which must be submitted to Whitelaw Wells not less than two weeks in advance of access being required, can be found on the website either to download and post or complete online and email. 

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

Policy On Tradesperson’s Access To The Bank Gardens |Feuars only

Applications for tradespeople’s access to deliver materials to the rear of properties backing onto the Bank Gardens must first be approved in writing by the Gardens Management Committee. 

Applications must be made in the prescribed form not less than two weeks prior to access being first required. For complicated and protracted project, we kindly request a commensurate period of notice.

Applications may be submitted only by Feuars whose properties adjoin the Bank Gardens and whose assessments are currently paid.

Conditions of Access:

  1. The use of the gardens by tradespeople taking access through the gardens must not interfere with the use and enjoyment of the gardens by Feuars at any time
  2. It will be the responsibility of the Feuar granted such access to ensure all tradesmen using the access understand the.
  3. The access gate at Doune Terrace must not be left open. When opened, it must be supervised.
  4. Mechanical equipment is not to be used in the gardens at any time.
  5. Access will be permitted to deliver materials only to the rear of properties with an access to the Bank Garden. Access is not permitted for tradespeople to access a worksite daily or regularly from the Bank Garden.
  6. Applicants must provide specific details of which items of equipment and quantities of materials to be brought through gardens..
  7. No plant, equipment or materials will be left unsupervised anywhere in the gardens at any time.
  8. Portable toilets must not be placed in the gardens or in the vicinity of the access at Doune Terrace. Any Feuar requiring a portable toilet for their tradespeople must ensure it is located as near as practical to the front of their property.
  9. Access will not be permitted through the Bank Gardens for removal of down-takings, debris or spoil. For the avoidance of doubt: contractors’ skips must not be placed within the gardens or in the vicinity of the Doune Terrace access. Feuars requiring a skip for down-takings, debris, spoil or the like must ensure it is located as near as practical to the front of their property.
  10. Feuars granted access through the gardens for tradespeople will be personally responsible for any damage occasioned to the gardens or any part thereof and the fittings and fixtures therein and will be liable to meet the cost of making good such damage as determined by the Committee of Management.
  11. Any Feuar granted access must confirm that their buildings insurance policy duly covers them and their tradespeople employed by them for public liability and for any damage occasioned to the gardens and will inform their insurers of the works being undertaken.
  12. Feuars granted access will fully indemnify the proprietors of the Bank Gardens and the Committee of Management for any liability whatsoever and howsoever arising out of the exercise of access granted through the gardens.
  13. Any breach of the foregoing rules will result in the withdrawal of consent for access.

Rules updated:March 2024