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Highland Hospice and British Red Cross hail Conon Bridge gardening guru for 'unstinting support' as open days haul in welcome cash boost

By Hector MacKenzie

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Nigel Stanton with Romay Williams of the British Red Cross.
Nigel Stanton with Romay Williams of the British Red Cross.

THE lure of a green-fingered guru's garden has resulted in a four-figure sum for two charities close to his heart.

Retired horticulturist Nigel Stanton has been a staunch supporter of both the British Red Cross and Highland Hospice down the years.

His latest open garden event – staged over a recent weekend at his home at Braes of Conon – proved another great success.

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Two afternoons of glorious sunshine heralded the successful event.

On both days, large crowds flocked to enjoy Nigel’s beautiful displays.

The British Red Cross raised the sum of £1090 on the Saturday and the Highland Hospice raised £600 the following day, despite a morning of storms.

Both Romay Williams of the British Red Cross and Lady Lucy Lister -Kaye of the Highland Hospice paid tribute to Mr Stanton for his unstinting generosity and all the friends who supported these very worthy causes.

So celebrated is his garden and his horticultural skills that he has been asked to judge at the Black Isle Farmers’ Horticultural Show this year.

His open garden meantime is expected to be repeated next year.

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