Fourteen members of Forfar Inner Wheel recently visited RM Condor to be shown round 45 Commando Royal Marines’ Woodlands Garden.
The visit was arranged by past president Agnes Mackay to tie in with World Peace Day. All who attended were humbled and moved by the thought and scale of this memorial garden situated right in the midst of the Condor site.
Once a walled garden for the house it has been transformed into a fitting memorial and serene garden for all – in fact the whole complement of marines can assemble there for special services - but it is also used by grieving families or for quiet reflection and remembrance.
The group were shown round by gardener Kevin Broomhall and Captain Kenny Robertson, who explained how the whole concept had come about and been implemented.
The planting and the constructions around the garden are each of special significance to the regiment.
Huge stones have been brought in from each of the places where they have served – the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The garden was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Angus and the Commandant General Royal Marines on November 11 last year.