Gardener Ron grew into role from student to craftsman

Craftsman Gardener Ron Currie (63) who is retiring from Elmwood Campus of Scotland's Rural College.
Craftsman Gardener Ron Currie (63) who is retiring from Elmwood Campus of Scotland's Rural College.

A gardener who has tended the beautiful grounds at Elmwood is hanging up his overalls after nearly half a century.

Craftsmen gardener Ron Currie has worked at the Cupar college campus since enrolling as a student himself straight from school back in 1969.

Ron (63), who is a regular sight in and around the college’s grounds, has helped generations of students with practical outdoor work and their classroom theory.

He has worked under all six principals at Elmwood, living through the various changes the campus has undergone over his 45 years.

“I have seen a lot of students come and go,” said Ron. “It has been great to see them succeed in their careers.

“When I first started there were two houses - Elmwood House, which had a lawn where the car park is today, and Hope House, which was on the front lawn and was surrounded by huts. The college also used part of the Old Bell Baxter building in the Westport.”

Ron also remembers when the abundant soft fruit and vegetables grown were sold to the Tontine Restaurant in the town, his old high school Bell Baxter and Kilmaron School.

Philip Watkin, SRUC programme manager horticulture, said: “Ron has been inspirational to a great number of Elmwood students and staff for his wide horticultural knowledge and his willingness to help others. His sense of humour will be truly missed.”