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Volunteers help restore Royal Marine memorial garden 

Workers worked to restore the Arbroath site after it was vandalised in August.

Reporting by Haley Bouma

Volunteers have helped restore a memorial garden in Arbroath after it was badly vandalised.

The garden on Infirmary Brae was badly damaged by vandals who snapped the nine trees on the site that represent the 45 Commando Royal Marines.

The Tivoli Group Ltd, which provides maintenance and grounds services, sent 12 workers from Kilmarnock to repair the garden in time for the British Royal Marine's birthday on Sunday.

Former marine and garden volunteer Chic Grant said: "I was devastated in August to see the garden so badly damaged.

"But, we were filled with emotion when we saw all these guys come up from Kilmarnock to support with volunteers from Arbroath.

"I think there were 30 of us all together, and we had a field kitchen set up to feed everyone there."

He added: "They've kept the original nine trees to represent the 45 commandos and it looks absolutely fantastic."

© William Ferrier
© William Ferrier

Arbroath in Bloom, who maintain the site, say the garden is a popular stop for tourists who wish to pay their respects.

The garden was planted in 2014 to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines in Britain.

Business development manager at the Tivoli Group, Hugh Woods said: "Our aspiration is to make a positive impact in the communities where we operate.

"Tivoli is particularly committed to the Armed Forces community both with our collaboration with causes such as this and other sustainable community work we undertake."

"We are truly proud to be part of the renovation of the Royal Marine Garden which is a popular stop for both tourists and locals alike."

The 45 Commando Royal Marines group is based at Condor, just outside the Angus town.

Volunteers for the memorial garden will also plant 100 wooden crosses on Remembrance Sunday.

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