Community Willow Project- Larghan Park

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Community Greenspace recently consulted on plans for works at the Willow coppice within Larghan Park. Working with Pride of Place Coupar Angus, various ideas were put forward on how to manage the Willow coppice which had become too large in recent years.

Over the next few weeks we will be running various volunteer sessions with local groups including Wisecraft Mental heath hub, Pride of place and Police Scotland Youth volunteers. The plan is to create a living willow play area, which includes a dome, tunnel and hurdle fencing.

The structure will be planted by volunteers using locally sourced Willow while learning new skills in coppicing. Over time the cut Willow and left trunks will re-grow to provide cover and greenery. Please contact ajmacleod@pkc.gov.uk should you require more info or wish to come along to any of the action days.

 

 

Snow in MacRosty

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On Tuesday 22nd, one of the volunteer groups in MacRosty Park in Crieff braved the wintery conditions to cut back some of the encroaching vegetation. The vegetation surrounding the toilet block had got to the stage where accessing the items stored behind the building was nearly impossible, not to mention being a bit of an eye-sore.

 

As seen in the before and after photos, there was quite a transformation! (not to mention the addition of more snow…)

If you would like to volunteer with community greenspace, or simply want to find out more please email communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

Never mind the weather!

Further works to improve the Provost Walk in Auchterarder are well underway, continuing the incredible work that has already been done to improve this path network.

Meanwhile the Auchterarder Core Paths Working Group have been incredibly busy on the Jubilee walk, public park and surrounding paths through organised tidy-up sessions – even in the torrential rain!

 

“We still managed to tidy some of the Provost with our new tools today! We were soon warm after a brushing work out. Followed by bramble pruning and a quick litter pick.  Primroses are flowering well now! Coffee n biscuits at the finish were well received. Thank you Jane.”

New helpers are more than welcome – for more about the group, take a look at their Facebook page here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/auchterardercorepaths/

All Ability Play Area – MacRosty (20th April)

The Friends of MacRosty Park are delighted to announce the opening of the All Ability Play Area on 20th April.  Please visit their website to find out more.

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Spring clean with the Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers from Pitlochry High School recently gave up their Saturday to help tidy up the pond in the Beatrix Potter Garden in Birnam. The pond had become chocked with weed, litter and mud which was restricting the look of the pond and the habitat on offer.

Using waterproofs and waiders the group made fast work of this dirty but rewarding task.

This task is just one of many which are run by local ranger services throughout the year working with many partners, which allows the pupils to get enough experience to gain both the Junior Ranger award and the John Muir award.

Next month we will back out working on the Birnam hill path.

The Junior Ranger scheme takes place in national parks across Europe. More information can be found on the attached link:- https://www.europarc.org/nature/young-people/junior-ranger-programme/

Path Group Training Event.

Perth and Kinross Council Community Greenspace support a range of groups to help maintain, improve and keep paths accessible across Perth and Kinross . Your local Greenspace Ranger can provide support by assisting with ongoing practical advice during tasks, helping to set up your group and by lending out equipment.

Our next path training event takes place on 27th April in Davie Park, Blairgowrie. This is an ideal opportunity to meet staff from Community Greenspace to answer any questions plus  the opportunity to access training on a range of path group tools.

More information can be found on the poster below. Should you wish to come along places can be booked by contacting Alistair Macleod at ajmacleod@pkc.gov.uk or 01250 871457.

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April 2019 Funding Alert

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Welcome to the April edition of the Funding Alert. Please click the link above to download the Alert in PDF format.

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Of particular note is that the Common Good Fund applications close on Friday 3 May 2019.

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Larghan Park willow Project- Update

Community Greenspace Rangers Jeannie and Alistair recently organised some practical sessions to construct a living playare in Larghan park. Various volunteers have been out in all weathers cutting, weaving, shaping and planting to create this new feature in the park.

This task has been made possible due to the commitment from pride of place volunteers, wisecraft and Police Scotland Youth Volunteers who have been learning new skills while completing the task.

Over the next few months it is hoped that the newly planted Willow will flourish to create a unique playarea which can be added to in years to come.

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SNH Scottish Outdoor Access Code #TaketheLead

Spring is on its way so this is a great time to head out and explore your local natural areas. If you’re heading out on a family walk remember to check the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for advice on exploring responsibly.

Find out more: www.jessthedog.co.uk

In the video below Bob Barr and Kate Hall share there experiences of dogs worrying sheep in the Lothians.

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SNH Scottish Outdoor Access Code #TaketheLead

Have you heard SNH’s recent radio ads about walks with your dog? Listen out for  messages about keeping everyone safe when taking your pet out in the countryside this springtime.

Find out more: www.jessthedog.co.uk

In the video below Kenneth Bone shares his experiences of dogs worrying his sheep at his farm on the Isle of Arran

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SNH Scottish Outdoor Access Code #TaketheLead

Love a family dog walk? Us too! But at this time of year there are  added hazards to wanders in the local countryside.

Remember to keep dogs out of fields with young animals and always to heel to keep livestock and pets safe this spring.

Find out more: www.jessthedog.co.uk

In the video below Alister Orr shares his experiences of dogs worrying his sheep at his farm in East Ayrshire

 

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