The Perth and Kinross Conservation volunteers met up with Jeannie Grant the Highland Area Ranger to carry out some path drainage clearance work on Saturday 9th May at the Birks of Aberfeldy.
The worst natural thing for paths is water! Especially water dripping off tree leaves! To save and protect the paths, a number of different drainage systems are put into place to encourage the water to drain off the path as quickly as possible. Due to the nature of the site there are a number of cross drains; so the small group of volunteers managed to clear in the region of thirty drains!
Whilst clearing them it was identified that a number of them are needing realignment or minor repairs done to them. It is slow work but when the drains work, it not only saves the path from further erosion but also is very satisfying. So watch this space for a cross drain TLC day!