Students contribute to Condor garden project


ANGUS College students continue to show their support for the Condor Woodlands Garden project.

Construction and horticulture students have been working on site to help bring the memorial garden plan to life.

Those from the horticulture department are pleased to have the opportunity to be working to the plans developed by leading horticulturalist and BBC Gardener’s World presenter Toby Buckland. This group of students and students in years to come will be making the commitment to maintain and preserve the plants in the garden.

Meanwhile, the construction students involved are working on various parts of the gardens including building new entrances which complement the grade B listed Victorian walls surrounding the 65 by 45 metre grounds. They will be further involved in setting out and building of the base of the glasshouse which will be a central structure within the garden.

Lieutenant Tom Hudson, education officer at 45 Commando, said: “45 Commando Royal Marines is undertaking a project aimed at converting a special part of our estate into a garden of contemplation with the aim of it to provide a place for families, friends and supporters to reflect, remember and contemplate.

“In order to achieve this ambition, Toby Buckland, the presenter of Gardeners’ World, has kindly produced a design for the new garden following his visit to the unit last year.

“In addition to this assistance, the unit has also received support from Angus College and local stone masons.

“The timing for this project is particularly poignant as 13 members of the Commando have been killed since 2006 and many more have been wounded.”

Angus College construction course leader Craig Reilly said: “Angus College is really pleased to be involved in this important community project.

“This is also a great opportunity for our students to gain and develop new skills and experience of working in a different environment.”