Glens group to host open day

Lianne is pictured with Ghillie Luke Bruce and working highland pony Willow at Loch Lee, Invermark.

Lianne is pictured with Ghillie Luke Bruce and working highland pony Willow at Loch Lee, Invermark.

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Estates in the Angus Glens will open doors to the community to cement ties between grouse and deer stalking and the glen people who benefit from it.

In August, the Angus Glens Moorland Group unveiled a survey which showed that £1 million of wages went directly into glen household budgets from the grouse shooting season.

That economic and jobs benefit, plus the knock-on tourism affects for nearby businesses, will be the subject of a family Open Day in Glen Esk on November 1, which will also raise funds for local primary schools.

Representatives from glen community organisations, education, business and the region’s political scene will all be in attendance at The Glenesk Retreat. As well as a range of interesting talks and demonstrations, the group will also screen a feature film which has helped turn some local gamekeepers into social media ‘stars’.

‘Driven Grouse Shooting- the Untold Story’ has been viewed over 50 000 times, and was recently shown to Holyrood MSPs.

Attendees will also get the opportunity to taste some freshly cooked game from the nearby high tops and meet some of the wildlife characters including birds of prey and working ponies.

“The idea of the Open Day was to get all of the local community groups together, have some fun and good food and to give people, whose knowledge of the life and work of the estates may be limited, a bit of an insight into what goes on every day

“As well as getting an idea of the wildlife and the management of the land through the video, people will be able to mingle informally and meet the estates’ staff and their families, most of whom attend the community schools and help keep the glens alive,” said Lianne MacLennan, Angus Glens Moorland Group’s Co-Ordinator.

The group has been undertaking a further survey on benefits to local business from the estates’ year-round operations and many of the commercial beneficiaries are expected to be there on the day, as well as economic development officials.

Lianne added: “There is a wider community of trades and suppliers that service the estates all year round and it will be great to get them, and their little ones, all together on the day.

‘‘There may even be some further opportunities that might spring from it.”

The Open Day starts at 11.30am. Those wishing to attend should contact lianne.maclennan@hotmail.co.uk