Beechgrove at Easthaven

Volunteers and the Beechgrove Garden Crew working on the East Haven community garden.

Volunteers and the Beechgrove Garden Crew working on the East Haven community garden.

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Weeks of hard work by the residents of Easthaven came to fruition this week as a popular BBC gardening programme came to film in the village.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the crew of BBC2’s ‘Beechgrove Garden’ descended on the village to film and help with the creation of Easthaven’s own community garden.

Preparations have been extensive, with every little detail taken into account, from Angus Council agreeing to conduct earlier than usual bin collections, buses being diverted and the volunteers going over the village with a fine tooth comb to make everything ship-shape.

The East Haven 800 group, which was set up to celebrate the eight centuries of village heritage, has been at the forefront of the efforts.

Wendy Murray, chair of East Haven 800, said: “Residents and friends from the surrounding area and beyond have pulled together in what has at times felt like a herculean task to transform the village.

“Local businesses have also rallied behind East Haven 800 and provided goods and services to help landscape the village square prior to Beechgrove’s arrival to complete the community garden.”

Ian Bancroft, also from East Haven 800, added: “The response from everyone involved has been truly amazing and people have really enjoyed rolling their sleeves up to do something that makes such a positive difference.”

The group also wished to express their gratitude to the Royal Horticultural Society and the Greenbelt Group for their support in this undertaking.

The episode will be broadcast on BBC 2 at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10.

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