DR TONY and Mrs Allison Sutton, Straton House, Castle Street, were winners of a garden competition run earlier this year by the Daily Mail newspaper. They won a plaque and a £2,000 prize.
The couple have now donated £500 of their prize to Dorward House, to be used to further the excellence of the gardens there.
Like the Suttons’ garden, the one at Dorward House participates in the Scotland’s Garden Scheme open gardens day.
Mrs Hillyear expressed delight and gratitude for the gift.
The money will be used for general garden work, including the secure, sensory garden at Fairfield House, the newer part of Dorward House.
This garden is designed specifically to allow those with dementia to use it safely, and the paths are wide enough for wheelchairs.
The Daily Mail judges commented on the surprise element of the Suttons’ garden, hidden down a close.
They said that the mix of formal areas and woodland walks, long herbaceous borders leading you round to the front of the Georgian house all added to the sympathetic overall design laid out by Dr and Mrs Sutton themselves.
It has taken almost 25 years for the Suttons’ garden to reach its potential but it has been well worth all the hard work.