Eco volunteers out in force on Angus beaches

ENVIRONMENTALLY aware folk from Carnoustie and Monifieth were out at the weekend doing their bit to protect the local beachfront.

In Monifieth the first Eco Force beach clean and family fun day of 2012 saw 25 volunteers fill 35 bags of rubbish over the two hours.

Refreshments were donated by The Van Cafe and St Andrew’s first aiders were on hand to keep everybody safe. The family fun event was also well attended, with around 50 people enjoying tennis, putting and an egg hunt laid on by Eco Force.

On Easter Sunday, Carnoustie volunteers met at the Leisure Centre to hunt for rubbish instead of tasty chocolate eggs.

Carnoustie Community Council had organised the event in support of the town’s Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign bid. As part of the Tartan Week programme, volunteers tackled the stretch of beach between the railway station car park and Westhaven.

Organiser and community councillor Davina Sturrock said: “The beach was reasonably clean, and 12 bags of rubbish were collected, including one bag from the Black Slab area.”

The main offender this time appears to be frustrated golfers, as Davina explained: “Gavin Farmer and I went to the Black Slab and tidied up there. It was all paper blowing off the golf course, all the score cards which get torn in half and discarded.”

The community council is appealing for people to continue to pick up after their dogs. The next target is Craigmill Den and a clean-up has been scheduled for Sunday, April 29.