Condor Memorial Garden Visit

The bravery, sacrifice and community spirit of 45 Commando in Arbroath were marked during a recent visit by the MP for Angus.

Last year, Kirstene Hair donated a birch bark cherry tree to the Royal Marine Memorial Garden, which was opened on November 11 2011.

On her first visit to the base since its future was confirmed as part of the Better Defence Estate Strategy, Ms Hair also presented a Hansard copy of the Prime Minister’s public praise for the unit in the House of Commons.

Scottish Conservative Ms Hair said:

“This cherry tree was given a small symbol of my regard for the unit and its ties with Angus, as part of the First World War centenary services. I am pleased to see it taking root and thriving.

“There was great news earlier this year when the Ministry of Defence announced it would not only commit to RM Condor as it is but develop and extend its excellence.

“This UK Government also committed to extending tax relief for those personnel who would pay more tax in Scotland than their peers in England and Wales.”

The Memorial Garden commemorates the men of 45 Commando who have died while in the service since the unit moved to Arbroath in 1971.

The transformation of what was the old commanding officer’s kitchen garden into the Woodlands Garden took almost a year and cost around £250,000, the majority of which was raised by the men themselves and through donations by a supportive and appreciative local community.

Decorated with rocks were shipped from each of the lands where 45 Commando men have fallen: Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Royal Marines Association continues to support The Woodlands Garden Trust.