Can you help with the Rock Garden?

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Angus Council countryside rangers are calling on volunteers to lend a hand to improve their local environment.

The rangers are creating a raised bed rock garden at Forfar Loch visitor centre, with the assistance of junior rangers and adult volunteers.

Local people are invited to join them this weekend (June 22 and 23) to help create the garden and make it a haven for wildlife.

The activity is part of a six-month campaign called CSV Action Earth organised by CSV (Community Service Volunteers).

As part of this year’s campaign, SNH (Scottish Natural Heritage) will be supporting around 170 projects in Scotland through grant awards of up to £500, aimed at groups that will help support and encourage volunteer activity through practical environmental projects.

Ranger Mhairi Kimmet said: “Everybody can get involved in their local outdoor spaces.

“They are a shared resource and a shared responsibility. From the smallest individual action to a national campaign, every contribution helps!

“The CSV Action Earth Awards are designed to help groups of volunteers take practical action to improve and create places for wildlife.”

The project has been supported with donations of stone, gravel, grit and alpine plants by local stonemason Bruce Walker, Tayside Contracts, Delson Contracts, and Ian Christie, local alpine garden specialists.

If you are keen to learn new skills, improve your local environment and have fun at the same time, call the rangers on 01307 461118.

If you would like to register your own project or think you can come up with a good project idea, and then please take part in the campaign. Register at actionearth.csv.org.uk or call CSV Action Earth on 0131 222 9083.

For more information on events and activities organised by the council’s ranger service visit www.angus.gov.uk/leisure/rangerservice/whatson