BRAN – The Pathtastic Group

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Clearing a core path near Blairgowire

BRAN (Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network) are one of the core path groups within the Perth and Kinross area and they cover the wider Blairgowrie area. The group was formed in 2015  as the local community saw a need to maintain the paths in the area for the benefits of local people and visitors alike.

Since then, the group have come on leaps and bounds taking on large sections of paths and becoming trained to use strimmers and other equipment. The group manage the River Ericht trail as well as other promoted path routes with only a little guidance from the Ranger Service when required.

Their activities range from one or two people going out while walking, doing some cutting back as they go, to work groups of up to 15 people that can cover larger stretches and have a significant impact on the paths in their local area.

In the future, the group are looking at some of the popular routes around Blairgowrie and looking at ways to maintain and improve them. They are looking at working with landowners around the path network and others to help manage some of the harder to reach areas and bigger obstructions needing cleared.

Within their constitution they also carry out work on the Cateran Trail and have carried out several successful activities over the

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Group working on the Cateran Trail

past year.

The group are hosting an event by Perth and Kinross Council which aims to get members of all 16 of the Perthshire Path groups together and discuss ways of working and provide some training.

If you would be interested in volunteering for BRAN please contact:

Ian Richards

Bran Secretary

ian_richards2007@yahoo.com

01250 871122

07787 317022

Community Greenspace would like to thank BRAN for all their efforts and hard work and look forward to the future maintaining the paths together.

For more information on the path groups in your area look here

Do you feel there is the need for a new path group in your area? Are there people in the local community who also feel as passionately? Contact communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk for more information.

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