Celebration of local landscapes

A chance to 'read' the landscape around House of Dun will feature on the Angus Heritage Week programme.
A chance to 'read' the landscape around House of Dun will feature on the Angus Heritage Week programme.

​MONTROSE Basin and House of Dun will feature as highlights of the county’s natural and man-made heritage in a forthcoming celebration of our diversity locally.

During Angus Heritage Week, which runs from September 7 to 14, several events will focus on the natural heritage of Angus and its important role in shaping the area’s people, history and traditions.

One of the first events will be a day spent studying the garden and landscape legacy in Angus on September 8, starting at Enterprise Business Centre, Brechin.

This event, which costs £10 and includes a buffet lunch and tea or coffee, starts at 10am with presentations by Marilyn Brown of the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland and landscape architect Vanessa Stephens. Members of the Angus Landscape Survey Group will also discuss how to ‘read’ the stories gardens and landscapes can tell us. After lunch, the location will switch to a nearby private garden and then House of Dun gardens, where several of the morning’s themes will be in evidence.

The following day there will be a family guided walk at Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre providing lots of opportunities to spot the wildlife who live there or stop by for something to eat, including mute swans, oyster catchers and the occasional bird of prey. The centre’s usual entrance fees will apply.

On September 14, as darkness falls, the Montrose Basin ranger will also reveal how night-time wildlife surveys are undertaken. Entry will cost £3 for adults, £2 for children and will be free for SWT members.

Angus Council’s tourism spokeswoman, Councillor Mairi Evans, said: “We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of Scotland, which is rich in wildlife of all shapes and sizes. Angus Heritage Week will provide a range of opportunities for people who live locally to explore the natural heritage that’s on their doorstep.

Full details of the Angus Heritage Week programme are available by picking up a copy from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus or downloading from the website at www.angusheritage.com.