East Haven - Coastal Village in Bloom 2015

East Haven 800 Beechgrove Community Garden.

Beautiful Eryngium Zabelii (Sea Holly) at the front of the wave bed

Perennial dwarf growing wallflower (Erysimum John Codrington)

Armeria (thrift/sea pink)

Sandie, digging in bio-solids, a slow release fertiliser and sustainable product

'Mullein' (Verbascum chiaxii ‘Album’). White spires on rear left

Hybrid tea rose - Commonwealth Glory

We are out litter picking every day and tackle littering of all types. We have signed the pledge to 'Clean up Angus' and 'Clean up Scotland'.

One of our garden parties held at the height of summer - in April!

Spring daffodils in our welcome dinghy.

Amazing Hugh Scott, who, despite serious ill health has worked tirelessly to restore our boats. Here he is in all that cold weather earlier this year sanding down the dinghy ready for painting.

Beautifully restored dinghy full of both annuals and perennials in July.

Joyce and Dareena with our secret weapon. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.

Stachys (lambs ears) at the wavy wall

August 2015

The red grass is 'Carex Buchanii'

The pink spires are Veronicastum virginicum ’Roseum’

Digitalis Parviflora’ Milk Chocolate’ (tall flowers at front). White spires behind are Verbascum chiaxii ‘Album’

Look at the height of these red hot pokers (Kniphofia uvaria Noblis). Unbelievable!

Our new bed at the head of the coastal path

Rod and Ron building the cairn

Celebrating the completion of our cairn and new interpretation board to mark the 20th anniversary of National Cycle Route 1.

Our cairn is also the home of Mary's Meals. provided by East Haven resident Morag Tindall. Free refreshments for visitors everyday between April and September. Donations are accepted for Mary's Meals.

We participated in a project called Prevent and Pick up 3. This involved training and talking to members of the public about littering.

We held formal beach cleans and litter collections every month between February and September 2015.

We planted Nasturtium seeds - part of the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign

We leased another disused site and found that it had been used for fly tipping. When we had strimmed it and gained access to the rear we found, builders rubble, asbestos, bathroom fittings and tons of general rubbish

The East Haven Maquette. We discovered it buried beneath rubble when clearing the site. Tom Walker, an artist now living in Spain came forward to tell us how and why he created it around 50 years ago.

The maquette was found buried under here. This was the site almost cleared.

We uplifted 40 free flag stones and brought them back from St Andrews in a horse box. We landscaped the area ourselves and laid paths and garden areas.

After spending 6 months clearing the site, Catchment Tay donated this beautiful potting shed. We worked night and day over 4 months to create what has become known as 'The Bothy'. A fisherman's garden, our potting shed and a wild life garden.

Our lovely Fisherman's garden.

A tribute to the fishermen who had a garden on the site in the early part of the last century.

A new herbaceous border at the Bothy. All the plants came from locally grown cuttings.

Our raised community herb bed.

The turf was laid at the end of June 15 and looks as if it has been here for ever.

Our water feature for the wild life

Rod has built a Bee Box as part of our 'Bee Diverse' campaign

Spirea japonica Magic Carpet - The bees love it!

We only planted our wild flower seeds on 2nd June and look how they had grown by the end of August.

Cubs from Carnoustie helping to build our bug hotel

The completed bug hotel

We built our own composting unit from recycled materials

We have grown, parsley from seed, courgettes, beetroot and a large number of herbs.

Glorious Begonias

We produced our own walking and cycling leaflet highlighting the hidden treasures in and around East Haven.

We held a Taste of Angus Cycle and Big Picnic on 27th June to celebrate 20 years of National Cycle Route 1 and Scotland's Year of Food and Drink. We encouraged people to walk, cycle or catch the bus to East Haven.

We made up over 350 picnic boxes full of fresh 'Taste of Angus' bites

Whole families came out on their bikes. A wonderful family day

We displayed our East Haven 800 Heritage Bunting

East Haven Together - we became a new charity on 23rd July 2015

We attracted volunteers from all over the country - even Portsmouth

Our Site Of Special Scientific Interest is 500m long and home to the only place in Scotland where the Greater Yellow Rattle is known to grow naturally

June - when the poppies and red campion are in full bloom along the bents

Mervyn, Andy and Alasdair cutting the bents to protect and promote the growth of the Greater Yellow Rattle. A partnership with SNH.

Potentilla fruticosa ’McKays White’

We have adopted a garden and also plant around street furniture including our own notice board which one of the residents built last year.

Our completed Heritage Point. We involved the whole community and partner organisations such as SNH and RSPB in the creation of six interpretation boards to share information about our important heritage.

Residents entered into a community partnership with Angus Council to keep our public toilets open for visitors.

We transformed our public toilets and renamed it the 'wee gallery at the heritage point'.

Inspiring the next generation

More of our volunteers

Jim Murdie Trophy for Sustainability

Gold Medal Award for Coastal Village and Trophy for overall winner of Coastal Village in Bloom 2015

Thank you

This gallery of photographs is a celebration of our journey towards Beautiful Scotland's Coastal Village in Bloom 2015. Our achievements would not have been possible without the encouragement and support of the wider community, Angus Council, and our many supporters. We have worked in partnership with a number of supportive organisations throughout the year such as SNH, Catchment Tay Ltd and the Tayside Biodiversity Forum. We are very grateful for financial support from, Catchment Tay Ltd, The Tesco Carrier bag scheme administered through Beautiful Scotland, Dobbies Garden Centre, Sustrans and the huge generosity of many individuals.