Volunteer Award for Ellon Environmentalist

Fred is presented with his award by Provost Bill Howatson (Pic submitted: L-R Cllr Rob Merson, Fred Tadhunter, Provost Bill Howatson)
Fred is presented with his award by Provost Bill Howatson (Pic submitted: L-R Cllr Rob Merson, Fred Tadhunter, Provost Bill Howatson)

A local environmentalist was amongst a number of recipients at this year’s Aberdeenshire Provost’s Awards, in recognition of his contribution towards the local environment.

Ellon’s Fred Tadhunter was presented with his certificate by Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howatson at the ceremony, held in Woodhill House. He was nominated by Cllr. Rob Merson in respect of his many years of commitment to preserving and improving the natural environment of Ellon & District.

Fred was a voluntary warden at Forvie Nature Reserve until 1995, when he became a founding committee member of Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum, and Chair of the wildlife group who grew and gave away free 105,000 native tree plants and 18,000 wild flower plants across the shire over a 10 year period.

He was also a committee member of the Ythan Amenity Trust from 1995, monitoring the progress of the Riverside Park and planting further trees and wild flowers.  

In 2003 the role of that Trust changed to encompass all of Ellon and surrounding area, and it was renamed Ellon Biodiversity Action Group. In this role the group was involved in erecting two red squirrel rope bridges at Ellon blackspots for road deaths. It also participated in the planting of 10,000 native trees to create Balmacassie Community Woodland and planting a mixed hedge at its entrance.

Speaking afterwards, Cllr Merson said that Mr Tadhunter’s award was thoroughly merited.

“Fred Tadhunter is one of an army of volunteers who have done so much work over many years to sustain and enhance the natural environment around Ellon, and to generate a natural habitat for the native wildlife”, he said. “I was delighted to nominate him for recognition by the Provost, and he is a worthy recipient.”