Green-Fingered Montrose Residents Transform Overgrown Garden Area

A group of residents in Traill Terrace, Montrose  contacted with their local housing officer to find out how to go about bringing an overgrown untidy area at the back of their flats back into use. The area had become significantly overgrown and residents did not have the necessary tools to tackle the job on their own.

Bill Takhar, Housing Officer, contacted Sandra Livingston, Communities Officer and they arranged a meeting with the residents to discuss what might be done. Everyone put their heads together and came up with 2 plans: 

 Plan A – Sandra would seek assistance from the Community Payback Officer to start the ball rolling with a clean-up of the area and residents made a firm commitment to keeping the area tidy and,

Plan B – if the Community Payback Officer couldn’t help, residents would do the clean-up with support from Bill who help residents get the waste to the recycling centre by bringing in the Community Housing Assistants and their van.

The Community Payback team were unable to help, but the residents carried out Plan B. The clean-up of the area went ahead and residents are very pleased at the results of their efforts and are committed to keeping the area tidy in future. A small community vegetable plot has also taken root! The before and after pictures tell a great story.







Beautiful Angus Garden Competition 2017 winners

Photo from the ceremony

This year’s gold and silver awards went to green-fingered tenants from

Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth and Montrose:


Mrs Rose Thomson ,Arbroath     

Mr Ian Guthrie, Forfar                    

Mr John Whyte, Hillside, Montrose   

Mr J Stephen, Kirriemuir                

Mr Paul Cameron, Monifieth               

Mr Bert Black, Montrose


SILVER AWARDS                  

Brander Ha Sheltered Housing Complex           

Mr & Mrs Torrie ,Forfar                                  

Mr & Mrs Paul, Kirriemuir                              

Adam Cargill Court Sheltered Housing Complex



 Mr Michael Stewart ,Arbroath           

Mr David Henderson , Brechin           

Mr Alan Watt, Forfar   

Springfield Sheltered Housing Complex

Mr George Middleton, Kirriemuir

Mrs Andrews, Kirriemuir

Ms M Scott-Ferguson ,Kirriemuir

 STEWART EDWARD CUP and £20 voucher – Mr Ian Guthrie,Forfar  

 Other Categories and winners

  • Individuals-Mr Alan Watt
  • Village- Arbirlot
  • Flower / Food – Colourful Carnoustie
  • Environment   – Keptie friends

OVERALL PRIDE AND PLACE Elected Members and Officers Group (MOG) WINNER – Keptie Friends

More photos from award ceremony






Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all who helped make Angus more beautiful!