THERE was a double celebration in the unique sub-tropical Morrab Gardens in Penzance last week.
Not only were supporters able to raise the prestigious Green Flag Award once again, they were also bidding fond farewells to two ladies who have done more than their fair share in ensuring that the reputation of the gardens continues to flourish.
Mary Ellery, who helped formalise the Friends of Morrab Gardens by introducing a committee and inviting members to join, was bowing out after four years as the chair of the Friends of Morrab Gardens.
In appreciation of her efforts, she was presented with a framed triptych of photographs taken in the gardens by Tony Mills.
Mrs Ellery said: “I have been in love with Morrab Gardens all my life and it’s been a privilege to help the gardens.
“The Friends are there to support the owners (Cornwall Council) in any way they can – mainly by supplying funds but also through the work of the volunteers.”
Mrs Ellery is particularly proud to have helped initiate a medium and long-term planting programme and said that the areas behind the fountain and bandstand are the next in line for remedial treatment.
Also standing down was treasurer Jenny Forbes, who was presented with a bouquet of flowers.
Since Morrab Gardens last received a Green Flag in 2012, the Friends have been busy working in the garden and raising money through their summer fêtes.
As the national standard for parks and green spaces, holding a Green Flag Award brings with it a vast amount of prestige.
Andy James, general manager at Cormac Solutions Ltd, thanked Mary for taking forward the Friends’ group and presented her with a bouquet.
To finish off the afternoon, tea and homemade cakes were enjoyed in the bandstand.