Silver dream for Eco Force

Scotland in Bloom judges were in Monifieth on Tuesday to look at their floral effort. Pictured in the centre are the two judges Kate Stevenson and Lorna Mutch with some of the locals looking on.
Scotland in Bloom judges were in Monifieth on Tuesday to look at their floral effort. Pictured in the centre are the two judges Kate Stevenson and Lorna Mutch with some of the locals looking on.

The environmental group behind Monifieth’s entry into a competition to find beautiful Scottish towns is confident of a decent showing this year.

On Tuesday the judges from Keep Scotland Beautiful’s ‘Beautiful Scotland’ competition were in the burgh to cast an appraising eye over the work done by Monifieth Eco Force.

Secretary of Monifieth Eco Force, Kris Auchinleck, was able to shed some light on the group’s efforts to beautify the town.

She said: “We entered Monifieth in the Beautiful Scotland competition at the beginning of the year and ever since we have been making the flower baskets and hanging baskets all over the High Street in Monifieth.

“We are making all of them because Angus Council says they don’t have the funds to do hanging baskets on Monifieth High Street so we took it upon ourselves to do that.”

Their remit doesn’t end with the High Street however. Kris said: “We have really pooled our resources to make a better looking Monifieth High Street as well as Keep Scotland Tidy so we clean the beaches regularly and so we do that once a month.

“We’ve also been trying to enhance the Dighty. It’s a hard job and we’ve been planting trees and having clean up there from time to time.”

Last year Monifieth achieved a very creditable bronze medal and at the very least the group is looking to replicate that success.

Kris said: “Last year we got a bronze medal we have now pooled our forces and are getting volunteers to help us to try and make it better.

“We are very much hoping for silver this year, it takes about four weeks before we know what we are getting. We are confident.

“Monifieth Eco Force has been making a special effort recently and we have been getting comments that Monifieth High Street is looking nice.”

The results of the Beautiful Scotland competition will be made available in September.

Kris added: “We got financial and physical help from Monifieth Rotary Club, so we must give a special mention to them.

“And we are always looking for volunteers to help us because we are a very small group.”

To get involved with Monifieth Eco Force or to learn more about their activities find them online at http://sites.google.com/site/ourmonifieth/home/monifieth-eco-force