ANGUSalive puts down roots in the county

Published: Monday 25 April 2017

ANGUSalive has put down new roots on long-established ground to celebrate our first full year of operation as the culture, sport and leisure charity for Angus.

To mark the occasion, the chief executive Kirsty Hunter and senior manager Colin Knight, recently joined rangers from our countryside adventure team to plant seven specimen trees at the old park at the charity’s Monikie Country Park.

Each tree was selected for its majestic ornamental appeal and as they mature the trees will provide great attractions to park visitors. The specimen trees are – Chinese Necklace Poplar, Ginko Biloba, Black Walnut, Golden Weeping Willow, Douglas Fir, Sweet Gum and Cedar of Lebanon.

The area in the park at Monikie where they have been planted, dubbed the old park, is situated to the left of the entrance as you enter from the car park and has not changed much in 150 years with no new trees planted in the last 30 years. It is hoped the new planting will enable future generations to continue enjoying the park and the endurance of the trees will also add to the park’s ecosystem. The trees chosen by the ranger’s from ANGUSalive’s Countryside Adventure team have been planted as the service celebrates 20 years of biodiversity partnerships, a network that promotes the preservation and enhancement of biodiversity throughout Scotland’s environment.

Norman Greig chief countryside ranger said: “It has been a great project from sourcing the trees based on their colouration and suitability for the site – the colours were aligned where possible to ANGUSalive’s service colours – pink, purple, blue, green and orange. We hope the planting of these trees will be enjoyed by future generations.”

ANGUSalive’s Countryside Adventure facilities includes Monikie Country Park, Crombie Country Park, Forfar Loch Country Park and the Ranger’s Centre at Glen Doll with services also provided out of Montrose Basin. Over the Easter weekend we welcomed over 10,000 visitors to the sites who enjoyed activities from nature trails to spring craft activities.

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