Botanists’ garden taking shape

The APC is loaded on to a trailer as it is removed the the Myre site.
The APC is loaded on to a trailer as it is removed the the Myre site.

You could excuse the Friends of Forfar Botanists for feeling a wee bit flushed with success last week as a major stumbling block was removed.

For months the group, which is creating a stunning memorial garden to five Forfar botanists at the Myre, have waited for the removal of the public convenience situated in Myre Road.

And now that the APC (Automated Public Convenience) has been removed, an end is in sight for their beautiful garden.

Artist David Wilson started work on the site in May and over the months his skill as a dry stane dyker has emerged.

Eleanor Gledhill, chairman of the Forfar Botanists said: “We’re really making progress with the Botanists’ Garden in the Myre. It was so good to see the loo getting shifted.

“The walling will be finished soon too. David Wilson, our resident dyker, is doing the finishing touches over the next couple of weeks. We’re so proud of his work. We are applying for a Pinnacle award from the Dry Stone Walling Association. This is only given to work of the highest quality in the UK.

“David is one of only a handful of craftsmen to have received this award for work he has done in the past. It will be a great honour if the judges decide our garden in Forfar reaches the Pinnacle standard.”

The Friends of the Forfar Botanists are a community group who are very proud of the group of botanists who came from Forfar.

Their aim is to promote the memory of these intrepid men - George Don, George Don junior, David Don, James Drummond and Thomas Drummond - and their achievements.

They hope it will be an inspiration to the young people of Forfar today to try to achieve excellence in their chosen fields.

The garden is ideally situated at the entrance to the Myre and will be used and admired by local residents and visitors to the town.

Now that the framework has been put in place, the top soil will go in ready for basic planting before the planting in earnest next spring.

As well as the dry stone wall and the plants, the names of the five botanists have been carved out in stone, along with a granite moss spore and seed pod to depict the botanists’ work.

The Friends are now busy working on plans for the official opening.