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Members of Colourful Carnoustie were pictured in Dr McConnell Memorial Rose Garden as they celebrated winning their gold award.

Members of Colourful Carnoustie were pictured in Dr McConnell Memorial Rose Garden as they celebrated winning their gold award.

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Gazette country has hit it big at this year’s Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards with high honours taken by Carnoustie, Broughty Ferry, Monifieth and Easthaven.

Huge praise was heaped by the judges on the efforts of the various community groups behind each campaign at the awards ceremony last Thursday (September 10) in Perth Concert Hall.

The judges commented: “This group exudes community involvement in all its activities and is a true example of what a Beautiful Scotland entrant should be. Only one mark off the Rosebowl winner this year, the judges were extremely impressed by how this group had taken on board comments from last year, evident in the exceptional developments in horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.”

Ed Oswald from Colourful Carnoustie said: “We are over the moon with these results. It was achieved with a small band of volunteers who have worked hard to continue to improve year upon year.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and Angus Council and all who helped on judging day. Places visited during the judges tour of the town included the War Memorial, Carnoustie Canine Capers, the Railway Station, Woodlands Caravan Park, McConnell Rest Gardens, Carnoustie Golf Links, Mr and Mrs Lee’s Garden, Carnoustie Skatepark, Food is Free and Carlogie Primary School.”

Broughty Ferry in Bloom came away with a Silver Gilt medal in the Coastal Town category and Monifieth Eco-Force’s hard work was rewarded with a Silver award in the same category.

The East Haven Heritage and Garden Group emerged triumphant with a Gold award and overall winner in the Coastal Village category as well as carrying off the Jim Murdie Trophy for sustainability.

The group attratced much praise from the judges, their report stated: “Everything this group does enhances the environment, and promotes biodiversity of the coastal community. The group has sought advice from experts and worked in partnership with SNH to protect the rare Greater Yellow Rattle on its SSSI; developed a sustainability strategy linking its charitable aims to the ‘2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity’ key outcomes, and also the ‘Community Action for a Sustainable Scotland Themes’; developed a new partnership with its waste water treatment plant and is using bio-solid pellets as a slow release fertiliser; uses free soil enricher from Angus Council; planted new flower beds using locally grown herbaceous plants and in other areas native wildflower seeds; and added water butts, hedgehog, bird and bat boxes to create a new wildlife corridor in the village. The group is looking towards tomorrow and ensuring that East Haven is a strong, sustainable community in the future.”