All Aboard at Harbour Bench

By Jane Cruickshank / September 20, 2020

A NAUTICALLY themed carved bench is a new centrepiece for the Horizon Group’s wildlife patch at the harbour.

Featuring a lighthouse and a fishing boat, it was donated by Doctor David Roberts, a research scientist in molecular genetics and DNA fingerprinting at Dundee’s James Hutton Institute – otherwise known as ‘Chainsaw Dave’ of Dervish Carving.

This new work of art for Stonehaven was hewn from a Sitka Spruce that grew on a Deeside golf course. And it is the latest in a series of Dervish Carving wood sculptures in the town, including seals at the beachfront Wave Garden, River Carron hedgehogs, the dragon in ‘Phil’s garden’ near the boardwalk, an otter in Dunnottar Woods and the tribute bench at the Kirkton Vets.

Pat’s Patch with its assortment of wildflowers has been admired at Shorehead since it was planted by the late Pat Fothergill, who created her display on the soil brought down by a cliff landslide.

It is now looked after by Horizon volunteer Karen Donoghue who, with her partner George Reid and Horizon friends, has worked hard this summer – extending the patch along the roadside, tidying the weedy cliff bank and introducing a pond and a bug hotel.

Horizon convenor John Cruickshank said he was delighted to see locals rallying round Karen and George, and enjoying the project – Ian Balgowan donated an old fish box to add interest and Alan Belton provided trees to help provide a better habitat for birds.

Alan Belton of the Woodland Trust donated two Rowan trees

”It’s become a real talking point as we’ve extended and created this home for nature,” said John.

”We’ve had cups of coffee and even a celebratory bottle of Champagne from Charles at the 24 Shorehead B & B – and a non-stop flow of comment, encouragement and advice from folks who’ve seen the work in progress,” he said.

”And this weekend, it was great to see Jim Stephen pitching in to help set the bench in place along with Alan Craig, who put us in touch with Dave, who so kindly made this amazing decorative bench.”