A supporters group fighting for the future a popular visitor attraction in Cardross are "cautiously optimistic" that the site will be saved.

The group says, however, that if the 200-year-old Geilston Garden, run by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), is to survive, continued public support is essential.

This week, Friends of Geilston said they had not yet achieved their ultimate goal of having the trust rescind the decision they made in 2016 to close the garden.

The attraction will remain open while the NTS explores the potential for an "enabling development" to part-fund restoration of Geilston House to generate sufficient income to maintain the garden.

Allison Hills, chairperson of the friends group, said: "Whilst there is a place for a degree of cautious optimism, the friends are very aware of the importance of ongoing support from the local community and the influence this has on NTS decision-makers.

"We are very grateful to have that support."

Allison said the group had continued to work in collaboration with the NTS to secure the garden's future.

She added: "The committee have organised a range of very enjoyable and successful events to increase visitor numbers and introduce new visitors to the gardens."

Now the group is hoping for a good turnout of supporters at its forthcoming annual meeting which will be attended by Ian McLelland, NTS general manager for Ayrshire and west area, and operations manager, Louise Baker.

Stewart Noble of the Helensburgh Heritage Trust will give a presentation at the meeting which is open to the public.

Allison added: "Existing Friends of Geilston and all interested in the future of Geilston Gardens are cordially invited along to hear about the efforts and successes of the past year and our hopes and plans for the future."

Membership forms will be available for people to join the friends group.

The meeting will be held in Cardross Golf Club on Tuesday, January 28 at 7.30pm, with the doors opening at 6.45pm.

The garden is currently closed for winter and will open in April.