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Parliament recognises “lasting legacy” of Orkney botanist

The work of acclaimed Orkney botanist, Dr Elaine Bullard MBE, has been recognised within the Scottish Parliament.

Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur, lodged a motion in her memory, highlighting some of the key achievements in the remarkable life of the founder of the Orkney Field Club.

Mr McArthur said: “Dr Elaine Bullard was a unique lady whose achievements during a life spent dedicated to botany are truly remarkable. In particular, her work in the study of her beloved primula scotica has left an important and lasting legacy.

“Her painstaking research and dedication to cataloguing the flora of Orkney has provided us with an invaluable record of our island’s botanical heritage, and the importance of its conservation.

Dr Bullard, founder and president of the Orkney Field Club, died on August 10, at the age of 96.

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