October has gone by in a whirl, amidst all kinds of activity in the village. Eric's bridge was stained a few weeks ago, sheds have been tidied and a number of pre-winter jobs completed. The 'Wee Gallery' has remained busy over the school holidays and we have been out litter picking and beach cleaning. Some residents are planning a Halloween party on Eric's Croft which will be a first for the village complete with fire pit and all kinds of wierd and wonderful decor. In-between all of this, we have been busy organising a number of events and delivering presentations about various aspects of our work. Watch out for the Angus Litter Summit!
On Tuesday we welcomed back volunteers from Scottish Water to assist with uplifting grasses from the Site of Special Scientific Interest. In early September Andy and Alasdair used the walking scythe to make a special cut of between 16ft - 20ft wide along a 250m stretch. Believe it or not, 55 one tonne builders bags of grass were uplifted throughout the day and transported to the recycling centre. Great work everybody!
This week has been all about litter. If we haven't been picking it up we have been talking about it and planning a number of events. On Wednesday we met with Keep Scotland Beautiful to start work on a Litter Prevention Action Plan and yesterday we made an announcement about the forthcoming Angus Litter Summit. More information about this event can be found on our Beautiful East Haven page. Today, it was the Great British Beach Clean in East Haven. A fantastic 18 people turned out for this event and we were inspired to find that a woman (Sandra) had travelled by bus from Banchory to help. Equally as inspiring is Rod and Sheila from Carnoustie who chose to spend their Golden Wedding Anniversary with us at the beach clean. I think it just shows how passionate people are about cleaning up our beaches and protecting our natural heritage for the future. We will now submit our data to the Marine Conservation Society who collate information from all participating beaches across Scotland. As you can see we enjoyed a cuppa and something to eat after the event which is always a great way to build friendships and get to know one another a bit better - Thank you everybody
We were thrilled to achieve Gold and Best Coastal Village at the Beautiful Scotland Awards in Dunfermline last week. We attended a wonderful ceremony supported by Fife Council in the Glen Pavillion in Pittencrief Park. I have to admit to not really taking the time to look round Dunfermline before so this was a great opportunity. The ancient town was once the capital of Scotland and home to Kings and Queens. Princess Margaret persuaded King Malcolm to build a Benedictine priory now the magnificent Dunfermline Abbey in the mid eleventh century. Ancient buildings and cobbled streets can still be seen in the centre of the town. We will definately return to Dunfermline and spend more time looking round the many tourist attractions. In the meantime, we are celebrating!
It's hard to believe that it's that time of year again but here we are on 3 September making special cuts on our Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The 500m strip in-front of the houses facing on to the sea was designated a SSSI in the 1980s to protect a rare plant called the Greater Yellow Rattle. The plant has declined in recent years so Angus Environmental Trust funded a walking strimmer to enable residents to cut the dune grasses. In two to three weeks time we will colect the grasses and remove them from the site. All the work we do is planned in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage who have responsibility for ensuring that the site is managed in the most effective way possible.