Groups looking after open spaces praised

The great work of the local groups that are looking after open spaces in Angus’ towns and villages was celebrated at a get together in Forfar.

The Beautiful Angus Marketplace event at the Reid Hall brought together groups involved in activities from planting projects to litter picks.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, communities vice-convener and chair of the council’s Pride in Place group, said it had been a great success, adding: “Our new market place event gave local groups the opportunity to get together, share ideas and hear about the exciting work others are involved in. They are all making such a fantastic contribution to community life, whether that’s beach clean-ups, planting out public flower beds or organising regular litter picks.

“Its shows what can be achieved and encourages us all to take a little more pride in the places where we work, stay and play. Everyone at the event was really enthused by the work being done across the county, it’s clear that the hard work is combined with a lot of good fun!”

The groups at the event were Arbroath in Bloom, Brechin in Bloom, Colourful Carnoustie, Easthaven Residents Association, Forfar in Flower, Kirriemuir Den Regeneration Group, Monifieth Eco Force, Montrose Horticultural Society and Tayside Biodiversity Partnership.

The new Beautiful Angus Garden Competition was launched at the event. Councillor Gaul said: “Our revamped garden competition will hopefully inspire even more people to add some colour to their communities this summer. This year’s competition is open to council tenants, primary schools and licensed premises.

“If it is creative and colourful it doesn’t matter if your outdoor space is the size of a postage stamp or a playing field! Bright and beautiful planting at pubs, schools and gardens on our streets are the community spaces that we can all be proud of and take pleasure in.”

Competition judges will include past competition entrants and winners and members of local community planting groups as well as the council team. To enter, complete an entry form or pick one up at your local ACCESS office or library. For more information contact Claire Warrender at The closing date for schools is May 29; all other entries must be in by June 30.