A large wooden clock made by residents of a centre near Montrose which helps some of Scotland’s most challenged youngsters will take pride of place in an Edinburgh law firm’s office.
The clock marks the ongoing relationship between Rossie Young People’s Trust and Gillespie Macandrew and will sit the reception area of the law firm’s Edinburgh office.
Over the past 18 months teams from the law firm have worked alongside the Rossie youngsters and staff on a series of environmental improvement projects to develop the 150 acre site where the trust is based.
Martin Brown, estates manager at Rossie, said: “We were asked by Gillespie Macandrew if we could make a clock for their reception area after some of their staff had seen the work which our CDT teacher, Ryan Ritchie, had been doing with our young people.
“In the workshop Ryan teaches our youngsters various skills of working with materials, including using different types of wood to create their name, which then gets fixed to a wall as a reminder of their time with us.
“They had never tackled anything like a clock before, but as much of the work the Gillespie Macandrew teams do here is working in our woodland, making a network of pathways and building bridges, we thought a clock made from Rossie wood was a great idea.
“We chose green oak from a wooded area that Gillespie Macandrew has been helping to improve and maple from flooring which had been lifted when we recently carried out the transformation of an old dormitory into a new training facility.
“The maple has been used for the frame and the numerals on the clock, while green oak squares make up the face. The maple flooring goes back to when Rossie was built more than 100 years ago so the clock is our equivalent of Blackpool rock - you could say it’s got Rossie all the way through it!”
Tom Murray, Chairman of Gillespie Macandrew said: “We are very pleased with the clock and proud to display it in our reception area. The relationship with Rossie is beneficial to both organisations.
“Martin tells us that the youngsters - and the staff - at Rossie really do look forward to our visits and the joint working parties, while our staff genuinely enjoy going there and it is a tremendous CSR programme from our point of view. The really good thing is it’s ongoing and is evolving as we go forward.”
Donald Winskill, an associate in the firm’s private client department who coordinates the Gillespie Macandrew work parties, added: “There is a very good forward plan developed by Rossie groundsman, Roy Balfour, and one of the Rossie volunteers which will see us carry out a series of environmental improvement projects.
“We’ve been working on the pathway network, which is enjoyed by locals who can now get much better access to enjoy the Rossie estate, and the next set of projects will improve various habitats to encourage the local flora and fauna.”