Angus natural history to be celebrated

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The natural history of Angus is to be celebrated along with notable Angus people during this year’s Angus Heritage Week.

Heritage Week, which runs from Friday, September 13 to Friday, September 20, will kick off the natural history celebrations with a free walk around Crombie Country Park’s Victorian reservoir.

There will be ample opportunity to spot many species of resident wildlife at the reservoir as well as find out more about the history of the country park.

The next day, Saturday, September 14, children aged five and over can go ‘fungi-foraging’ with the Young Naturalists Club at Crombie Country Park with the highly knowledgeable ranger.

Meanwhile, several gardens in Angus will be welcoming visitors during Angus Heritage Week.

At Glamis Castle, tours of the gardens will be held daily at noon, with entry to the castle and gardens available for the special price of £5 by quoting ‘Angus Heritage Week’.

As part of the Doors Open Days programme, the HOPE Garden (next to Arbroath’s Hospitalfield House), which provides horticultural training and work experience for people with learning disabilities, will be open to the public on Saturday, September 14, along with the 19th century, listed garden at Stracathro House and, on Sunday, September 15, Dunninald Gardens at Dunninald Castle, by Montrose.

Throughout Angus Heritage Week, natural history exhibitions will be held at The Meffan Museum in Forfar and at Montrose Museum, where the stories behind some of Montrose Museum’s exotic natural history exhibits will be revealed.

Tales of the daring exploits required to study and collect natural species will be shared at the Forfar Botanists Talk and Tour on Wednesday, September 18.

This event will focus on the five local men whose love of plants took them to the far corners of the world in search of new species.

Having been largely unrecognised for their discoveries and achievements, the Forfar Botanists are now to be honoured with a garden at the Myre in Forfar, which is currently under construction and will be one of the places visited during the Talk and Tour.

On of the highly anticipated events of the week is the Tayroots Family History Day at Brechin’s Mechanics’ Institute. The event has an excellent programme of speakers and workshops is expected to attract family and local historians from across Scotland.

One of the highlights will be a talk by historian and broadcaster Dr Nick Barratt who, through his involvement with the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are, played a major part in the recent surge of interest in all things genealogical.

The Angus Heritage Week Event Programme is available at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife or download from www.angusheritage.com.

For more information visit www.angusheritage.com