Denny garden will celebrate Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders’ links with town

Roy Robertson at the potential site in Denny, and inset, the Argylls regiment badge
Roy Robertson at the potential site in Denny, and inset, the Argylls regiment badge

A nondescript patch of grass in Denny could soon be transformed into a garden celebrating the contribution made locally by a famous army regiment.

Community leaders are planning a greenspace that will permanently mark the historical links between the former burgh and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Pupils at Denny High School have been asked to come up with ideas for what form the design will take, and, although plans are at an early stage, it is envisaged that the garden would be created where Sutherland Drive meets Argyll Path, close to Nethermains Road.

The appropriate location was suggested by George McArthur, a member of the local tenants and residents association and Denny Heritage Society, to Denny councillors John McNally and Brian McCabe.

They in turn spoke to town resident and Falkirk Council Veterans Advisor Roy Robertson, who is working on a funding application to the Army Benevolent Fund for the project.

Roy told The Falkirk Herald: “This is a real community effort. The garden could have seats in it, or a sculpture that can be seen from the road.

“Davie Graham of Drumhead Quarry has promised to donate a sandstone block for whatever is eventually planned. This could be the regimental badge. We’ll need to wait and see what the pupils come up with.”

Denny, along with other towns and villages in the Falkirk district, was part of the traditional recruiting grounds of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders for more than a century.

The regiment was founded in 1881 and enjoyed an illustrious service record, including both world wars.

The Argylls became a battalion within the Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006. It was announced last year that it would cease to be an active combat unit and instead carry out public duties under the name Balaklava Company, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Councillor McNally said: “I’m pleased that Denny pupils are involved with the design. It provides a link between the past and the future.”