Joint recipients of prestigious award

20150608- Andrew Smyth Memorial Award. 'Committee members from the two groups are pictured with their awards. Left to right (seated) Lynne Devine and Eleanor Gledhill with (standing) Aileen Elliot, Ian McLaren, Ian Dickson, Rhoda Keith, Ian Christie and Alice Bremner. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.
20150608- Andrew Smyth Memorial Award. 'Committee members from the two groups are pictured with their awards. Left to right (seated) Lynne Devine and Eleanor Gledhill with (standing) Aileen Elliot, Ian McLaren, Ian Dickson, Rhoda Keith, Ian Christie and Alice Bremner. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

The Friends of The Forfar Botanists and Forfar In Flower are joint winners of the prestigious Andrew Smyth Memorial Award .

Both groups were praised for the work they had done to improve areas of the town - the former creating a stunning garden on a piece of derelict land at the Myre which pays tribute to the pioneering work of George Don, George Don junior, David Don, Thomas Drummond and James Drummond - and the latter for providing the town with magnificent hanging baskets, tubs and landscaped areas in various locations.

The inscribed rose-bowls were presented by Neil Smyth, great nephew of former Provost Andrew Smyth, during a reception in the Canmore Room on Monday evening.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Friends of the Forfar Botanists, Eleanor Gledhill said: “The reason we are here tonight is that, two-and-a-half years ago, I was approached by Angus Councillor Glennis Middleton when I was president of the Forfar Garden Club.

“I was invited to a meeting where I met others who shared a love of plants and it was decided we should do something to honour the Forfar botanists.”

The piece of land at the Myre was identified, a toilet and telegraph pole were removed and work began to create the magnificent garden which pays tribute to the pioneering work of the botanists who all achieved lasting fame for their contributions to botany.

Their dedication took them to the far corners of the world and the heady heights of academia.

Eleanor continued: “We were very honoured to have Ian Christie, who is so knowledgeable, in charge of the planting, and to Glennis and Lynne Devine for getting us all together. At the time we did not know each other but this has brought friendship between the whole community.”

Accepting the award for the Forfar in Flower Group councillor Lynne Devine said: “We started up when Angus Council cut back on its hanging baskets. With the help of Eleanor and about 25 people, now normally eight or 10, we have provided the town with hanging baskets, planters and gardens all over the place, to make the town much nicer.”