Children getting a buzz from project

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Primary pupils from Carnoustie were earning their ecological wings last week as they took part in a project to help the ailing bee population.

As part of Operation Pollinator Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee (CGLMC) welcomed youngsters from Burnside, Carlogie and Woodlands to the public putting green to sow wildflower seeds, an area now designated for ecological improvement and specifically to encourage the return of endangered bee species.

Pupils took turns spreading the seeds before moving on to other golfing activities such as putting and chipping.

They will continue to tend to this area under the guidance of Craig Boath, head greenkeeper of the Championship course.

Graham Duncan, general manager of CGLMC, said: “Close relationships between the Links and our community, both town and regional, have always been an important part of the identity of Carnoustie and with Operation Pollinator we aim to ensure they remain exceptionally strong and close.”

The Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) has awarded Carnoustie Golf Links accreditation status, recognising the high quality environmental work undertaken, and has praised their commitment to wider sustainability issues.

CGLMC chairman Pat Sawers added: “Now the Golf Links has been granted charitable status, one of the outcomes is for community development for the benefit of citizens residing in the Carnoustie area. With that in mind, involving the local primary schools in establishing a wildflower area on the public putting green as a means of conserving the bee population, is an ideal opportunity for the Links and the community to work together.”

Everyone is now looking forward to seeing the results of their wildflower planting next Spring.