The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Ve­hi­cles de­stroy memo­rial

Trib­ute: Cam­paign­ers blocked from pro­tect­ing trib­ute to cancer vic­tims

- BY DAVID MACKAY Gardening · Hobbies · Turkey · Marie Curie · Tomintoul · The Glenlivet

Dev­as­tated cam­paign­ers in a Mo­ray vil­lage claim they have been blocked from pro­tect­ing a trib­ute to cancer vic­tims from dam­age caused by mo­torists.

More than 8,000 daf­fodil bulbs were planted on the ap­proach to Tom­intoul three years ago to cre­ate a flo­ral memo­rial.

How­ever, the re­mem­brance garden has been re­peat­edly chewed up

“We have a plan in place to make the nec­es­sary im­prove­ments”

by ve­hi­cles driv­ing over the ground since it was formed.

The Glen­livet Es­tate has stressed it has plans to make im­prove­ments in the com­ing weeks.

How­ever, re­tired civil ser­vant Mike Budd, who lost both his par­ents to cancer, says he ap­proached lo­cal of­fi­cials more than three months to in­stall larger stones to pro­tect the flow­ers – even of­fer­ing to source and place them him­self.

He claims he has been pre­vented from do­ing so due to con­cerns their look may not be “nat­u­ral”.

Mr Budd said: “There’s a quarry nearby, so get­ting the stones isn’t a prob­lem.

“I also of­fered to put a sec­ond sign in but they said that wasn’t nat­u­ral ei­ther.

“There’s a wooden bird hide with lots of signs nearby. I don’t have a prob­lem with it, but I don’t think that’s par­tic­u­larly nat­u­ral ei­ther.

“Over time some of the stones have sunk, so it might be ac­ci­den­tal that peo­ple are driv­ing over it, but that’s no ex­cuse for the in­ac­tiv­ity in pro­tect­ing it.

“One of the most re­cent in­ci­dents was on Re­mem­brance Sunday.”

Mr Budd and his wife Des­ree, who lost her mother and two broth­ers to cancer, opened the “field of hope” in 2016 fol­low­ing sup­port from a small army of vol­un­teers and chil­dren from the vil­lage school.

The eye-catch­ing yel­low dis­plays have been cre­ated across the coun­try to raise aware­ness for char­ity Marie Curie.

Con­cerns were also raised in early 2017 about “joyrid­ers” tear­ing up the Tom­intoul field, which is near the A939 Lecht road junc­tion, when foot-deep tracks left bulbs strewn across the ground.

A spokesman for the Glen­livet Es­tate said: “We have a plan in place to make the nec­es­sary im­prove­ments to this area by sourc­ing large rocks from our lo­cal quarry and plac­ing them in ap­pro­pri­ate po­si­tions.

“We have kept in con­tact with and up­dated Mr Budd through­out, in­clud­ing a site visit to agree the most ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures.

“We hope to have the work com­pleted in the next few weeks.”

 ?? Pho­to­graph by Ja­son Hedges ?? HOPE: Mike Budd and his wife Des­ree have main­tained the 8,000-daf­fodil memo­rial to cancer vic­tims since 2016.
Pho­to­graph by Ja­son Hedges HOPE: Mike Budd and his wife Des­ree have main­tained the 8,000-daf­fodil memo­rial to cancer vic­tims since 2016.

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