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

October 2019 Funding Alert

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Supporting P&K Ramblers in Guildtown

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Community Greenspace recently supported a project taken forward by the P&K Ramblers to reinstate and improve the Loanfolds core path in Guildtown. The task was to install two sleeper bridges, way markers plus cut and prepare the path ready for opening.

The group were supported by the supply of materials and practical help from the local greenspace ranger and apprentice.

Perth and Kinross Ramblers have agreed to adopt the path and maintain it going forward while working with the local community. The path links the village of Guildtown with the River Tay and Stormont path to old scone.

If you wish to become involved in your local path group please contact communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

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Path groups training in Crieff

On Tuesday 3rd September volunteers from several path groups across PKC came to Crieff to take part in some PKC-led strimmer, leaf blower and pedestrian flail training. We had members from path groups in Crieff, Auchterarder and Abernethy taking part, despite a downpour throughout!

Much of the work the paths groups undertake requires the use of these tools, and proper operation of them is essential for the safety of both the user and those around them, as well as preventing damage to the equipment.

If you or your path group would be interested in being trained up on the safe use of strimmers, leaf blowers or flails we hope to hold another session soon. To register you interest please contact communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

Youth Volunteers help Improve the Beatrix Potter Garden

The Beatrix Potter Garden in Birnam was recently given a makeover  thanks to police Scotland youth Volunteers.

The volunteer’s worked hard cutting back overgrown shrubs, ivy and removing self seeded trees which were taking over the shrub beds.  Bark was also spread round the garden and  by the end of the day a large pile cuttings was ready for uplift.

The garden is a popular spot with many statues dedicated to the character’s of Beatrix potter.

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Larghan Park Activity Sessions

 

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Over summer our Community Greenspace Rangers welcomed the dementia friendly activity group to Larghan Park, Coupar Angus. Following the success of the woodland activity sessions on Kinnoull Hill in Perth it was decided to trial moving the group to a new area.

Over the five week programme we explored the park, worked with willow, tried out bushcraft and designed our own park made out of natural materials. The sessions were a chance to meet new people, while exploring the outdoors and sharing stories over a cup of tea.

We a pleased to announce the activity sessions are on the move to their next location from 2nd October. The sessions will now take place at the enchanted forest site ,Faskally Wood, Pitlochry and a warm indoor site for the introduction and celebration weeks. If you wish to come along or require more information please contact Jeannie Grant on 01887 822425 or email jgrant@pkc.gov.uk

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John Muir Awards with GRTW Crieff

The Green Routes to Wellbeing in Crieff have done a fantastic job in achieving their John Muir Discovery Awards! 7 people within the group have earned the award through their voluntary activities in MacRosty Park and Lady Mary’s Walk with Calum, the Greenspace Ranger for Strathearn.

 

After discovering the different species that live in the area we have built bird and bat boxes to go up throughout the park. In addition to this we have planted and maintained several flowerbeds, which are regularly visited by bumblebees and butterflies! We also found a red squirrel using an old bird nest box, so it’s anyone’s guess what will make use of our new houses!

We have really enjoyed the nature-focussed activities involved in achieving the award. In the past we have done a lot of vegetation and path management, or maintaining/weeding/planting flower beds, with little context outside of keeping the park looking good. So, by tying in previous tasks with more of a focus on biodiversity and nature we’ve had a greater sense of achievement.

 

With a couple keen birders, an ex-forester and a former landscaper in the group, there has been considerable knowledge shared between us, and I think we all have a better understanding of our surrounding environment as a result. Going forward we will be doing some more nature-focussed tasks to tie in with our routine maintenance. As a group we have plans to create another wildflower area in the park and to promote the red squirrels in the area by building a squirrel feeder.

September 2019 Funding Alert

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Invergowrie Play Area Opening Celebration

The opening celebration of the renewed playpark in Invergowrie took place on Wednesday 28 August at 3.45pm. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held and the children enjoyed playing in the park.

Perth and Kinross Council worked together with Invergowrie and Kingoodie Community Group to upgrade the playpark and bring it back to life. The community group held monthly meetings with the goal to improve the local area and assisted the project greatly by distributing surveys to learn from local residents what they would like to see in their area. They also held workshops with the children from Invergowrie Primary School, and reviewed the final design for the playpark, which included both new and relocated play equipment, a bespoke climbing unit made from locally sourced timber and locally made rope elements, improved accessibility and landscaping works.

In addition to this the community groups is currently also fundraising for sensory equipment, to which they have already raised over £1000. This equipment is set to be installed in the next couple of years as part of the next phase of planned improvement works for the park.

Convenor of Perth & Kinross Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Angus Forbes said: “I am delighted to see the Invergowrie park play area be brought to completion for the great benefit and enjoyment of local as well as visiting families.

“The community group has played a fantastic part in involving local residents to make their views known to make sure that we create a play area that will bring long lasting value to them. I also greatly look forward to see sensory equipment installed in the future which will ensure the park is inclusive for all.

 

 

August 2019 Funding Alert

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Judging Day

On the 30th of Perth was judged in the Champion of Champions category for Britain in Bloom – which is the best in the whole of the UK!

This is the day that all the team has been working so hard for. The day started with the other apprentices and I dressing up as rubbish to meet the judges, we were dressed in costumes to raise awareness of litter.

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Lewis and I then had to make our way down to Needless for a last check. We then met with the judges for the second time to talk about the work that we had done on the bed and also talk about what we do at college.

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After this we also met them at the Rodney knot garden to explain that we have been restoring the bed and also explain what work we have been doing on the bed.

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We then went to Bracklyn Gardens for lunch where the provost and judges said their speeches and it was even filmed by STV! Thankfully the sun was shining all day making it a great day and the team done great.

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The photo gallery and video at the link below:

https://beautifulperth.org/blog/britain-in-bloom-judging-a-short-video/