Ellon Rotary Club marked a “first” recently by presenting a new type of community award to the local Boys’ Brigade.
The citation states that it is being given to the 1st Ellon Company “in recognition of their work to build a sensory garden to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee”.
The garden is in McDonald Park, on the site of a former cottage, and was opened to the public nearly two weeks ago.
Thanks to the efforts of Rotarians and Boys’ Brigade members, along with other groups, a landscaped and planted area has transformed a once neglected corner of the woodlands.
Funding for the project came from various local organisations including Rotary, Inner Wheel, Boys’ Brigade Company and Ellon Academy. It involved many hours of weeding, picking stones, carting topsoil, planting and spreading bark.
Company Captain Dennis Chalmers thanked the club for the opportunity to help them in creating the garden. He highlighted the benefit to the youngsters of working hard and gaining a sense of achievement.
The Company currently has 103 boys and part of the organisation’s objective is to give them a sense of responsibility by working within the community.
A number are working towards the Queen’s Award – the Boys Brigade’s highest honour – and their involvement in the Jubilee Garden has contributed to the community service element of the award.