In my view

could the tide be turning?

After years of what may appear to be neglect, residents of Forfar and Kirriemuir are quite literally rolling up their sleeves and digging in in an attempt to take ownership of their communities.

Resident groups throughout Forfar have, in the past, taken part in clear ups of their areas, from the Reid Park and Viewmount to Lordburn and Restenneth.

In Kirriemuir Co-op staff, with the help of young members of the Sunshine Playschool, cleaned up the Gairie Burn in the beautiful Kirrie Den and last weekend members of Forfar Community Council, as well as Angus Councillor Ian McLaren and his wife May, gave the rather tired looking crazy golf at the Lochside Leisure Centre a good “autumn” clean-up.

Two community gardens are planned for Kirriemuir to mark the town’s Rotary Club’s 50th anniversary, and in Forfar equally ambitious plans to honour the town’s famous botanists have been unveiled which have brought numerous groups together.

This can only be encouraged. Get the right people with the “can do” mentality and anything can happen.

It is so refreshing to see groups actually taking action, rather than moaning about something and blaming other people for problem areas.

Let’s hope others follow in their footsteps.