East Haven Gold 2017

Beautiful Scotland gold award and best coastal village award

The gardening season started early with weekly drop in sessions

Repairing and repainting 'The Sisters' is always a major undertaking

Out in all weathers planting Kidney Vetch with help from Butterfly Conservation Scotland

The dinghy was repaired and painted in the spring

It was replanted with bee friendly perennials

Sustainable planting

We held lots of beach cleans and carried out surveys for the Marine Conservation Society

We remain the only place on mainland Scotland to achieve a community led beach award.

In celebration of Beautiful Scotland's birds, bees and trees theme, one of our residents built a new solitary bee house behind the Ceanothus, Autumn Blue

We created a learning garden to raise awareness about biodiversity

Children in the learning garden enjoying the Biodiversity quiz

Residents take it in turn to mow the grasses

Weeding and edging is also a weekly activity

We painted our public toilets both inside and out!

.....and created a wee gallery in the toilets which we clean and manage for visitors.

Our coastal plants have matured providing all year round colour

Hedgehogs are thriving in East Haven but we had to take this little one to Hedgehog hospital. We brought back two healthy ones to be rehabilitated back into the wild.

We installed a pond in the Bothy to increase biodiversity

Carefully selected native aquatic plants

The Bothy garden - Jostaberries, Potatoes, Parsnips, Beetroot, herbs - take what you need

Children of Woodlands Primary School launched Scotland's first 'Small Blue' week in East Haven

They planted Kidney Vetch the sole food plant of the Small Blue

We also reintroduced native sea pea to the dunes

We hosted a 'Capturing our Coast' training day to gather data about marine species. A national citizen science project.

We painted our litter bins and checked for litter everyday to keep the area litter free

Our gardens are loved and well used

The herbaceous border at the Bothy

Rambling Rose Seagull

Sambucus nigra 'Thundercloud'

Geranium red admiral and Brachyglottis Walberton's silver Doormouse

Our beach award flag proudly flying on 'the Sisters'

A Community Learning Exchange with Blairmore on the Cowal Pennisula #friendship #learningtogether

Landmarc volunteers helped to build a wheelchair accessible path at the Community Petanque course

Hybrid Tea Rose, Commonwealth Glory and Hebe, 'Nicola's Blush'

Steam punk art, a different kind of contribution from one of our residents - Pride in Place

Trees planted, new bird boxes installed and native wildflowers

A BBQ during one of our mini BioBlitz events

Coffee at the Bothy raised £620 for MacMillan Cancer Support

Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spire' and the pink flower, Persicaria amplex ‚’JS Delgado’

We carried out monthly bee walks and submitted data to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Thursday mornings are gardening mornings followed by coffee and cake at the Bothy

We provided free refreshments on the cycle path. You donated money for the charity Mary's Meals.

Crocosmia Paniculata

We provided dog care stations and play boxes. You helped by bringing bags, balls and biscuits - thank you

Admiring the late show of colour in one of our front facing gardens

More than 160 species of moth have been identified in East Haven including the rare White Plume and the Cloaked Minor

Special cut of the SSSI to promote growth of the Greater Yellow Rattle

Scottish Water volunteers help residents lift the grasses - a hard days work!

Small Tortoiseshell on the Buddleia

Happy Days

Environmental Responsibility, Community Participation and Horticultural Achievement

Delighted to achieve Beautiful Scotland gold award and Best Coastal Village award

We are delighted to win a Beautiful Scotland Gold Award and Best Coastal Village award. We have created a slide show by way of thanks for all your support during the year. The Beautiful Scotland competition is built upon the three pillar framework of community participation, environmental responsibility and horticultural achievement. People are at the heart of everything we do in East Haven because without them we could not protect our precious environment, wildlife and heritage. We are supported by many individuals and organisations in Angus and across Scotland. We are very grateful to all those who have supported us in 2017 either by volunteering or by the provision of grants to support our work. We are also grateful to the public for their encouragement and support when visiting and enjoying this lovely location on the Angus coast.