The two gardeners will be congratulated on their service and dedication in making the Bay look blooming beautiful over the last 40 years when Mayor of Torbay, Nick Bye presents them with their awards at Princess Gardens, Torquay.
The award, started in 1958, recognises those who have completed forty years continuous employment in a horticultural role.
Graham Frost, Gardener , started as a garden boy for Stockport County Borough Council in 1967 before moving to work for Torquay Town Council in 1968. In the mid 1970s Graham moved to Torbay Council and worked in both the Torquay and Paignton areas.
Robert Read, Lead Hand – Gardener, started working for Paignton Urban District Council in 1969 as a garden boy. Robert also moved to Torbay Council in the mid 1970s working mainly in the Paignton area as a gardener.
Graham Frost said:
The greatest thing about my job is to walk around the Bay and see the trees I planted as a young man now reaching maturity and adding to the visual impact of the Bay. I thoroughly enjoy gardening in the Bay and find it incredibly satisfying to see the gardens and flowers changing and growing with each season.
Robert Read said:
I love working in the outdoors and would recommend it to anyone leaving school who is not sure of what they want to do as a career. It’s fantastic knowing that when the Bay is in full bloom and looking so beautiful, I have had a part to play in achieving this.
The Mayor of Torbay, said:
Graham and Robert should be congratulated for their efforts over an amazing 80 years of service. Our commitment for a beautiful Bay has been strengthened by their expertise and dedication over the last four decades, I am sure that the gardens and green spaces around Torbay will continue to benefit from their work for many years to come.