It is true – we are all fed up of the rain. However, it is the best time for a Ranger to get out and about on site to make sure that the systems set up to remove water from our paths are working.
With this in mind, the 7 January was a good day for me (Highland Area Greenspace Ranger, Jeannie Grant) to get out and check up on one of our wetter sites – Black Spout Woods. Knowing that this might involve some quick action, I invited the Pitlochry Path Group to help me.
The weather was horrendous, the rain did not stop, and water was everywhere – at one point the centre of Pitlochry was shut down for a while.
Three of the Path Group volunteers braved the weather, two were soaked within moments of arrival – no gortex was going to keep this water out! They wisely gave up and went to find a warm dry place, I remained with the remaining volunteer, and I am delighted that we persevered… together we cleared all the access track ditches, which undoubtedly prevented further erosion and flooding.
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Author: Jeannie Grant