Sandy bids farewell after 40 years’ service

Sandy Grant and wife Fiona with colleagues at his retirement presentation
Sandy Grant and wife Fiona with colleagues at his retirement presentation

A landscape officer from Ellon has retired after local government service spanning 40 years.

Sandy Grant is also a leading figure in Ellon Civic Pride and is heavily involved in local horticultural events.

Tribute to his council service was paid at a recent retirement presentation.

Sandy started his career with Glasgow City Council in 1975 as a landscape assistant after completing his training at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

In 1977, he joined Grampian Regional Council as a parks technician.

As part of local government reorganisation in 1996, Sandy took up the same post with Aberdeenshire Council in the leisure and recreation team shortly after becoming outdoor services within planning and development.

Following another internal shake-up, he moved to his current post as landscape services officer in 2002.

Colleagues heard at his farewell presentation that he had always been a keen horticulturalist, spending a great deal of his free time setting up the local flower show, the regional local authority flower event in Aberdeen, as well as judging many garden/village competitions.

He is a volunteer with Ellon Civic Pride and when time allowed, a regular flower show exhibitor.

A colleague said: “The commitment, dedication and professionalsim shown by Sandy in all aspects of his work has been appreciated by work colleagues, community groups, elected members and local residents of Aberdeenshire and is a testament to his long and successful career.

”Sandy’s cheery personality, extensive knowledge and experience will be missed and difficult to replace. We wish him all the best for the future.”