Short paths, HUGE improvement

Pitlochry path Group would like to share their activities of 2016, which shows the partnerships developed by the group and have aided them to progress a number of initiatives in their patch.

“The Path Group has had a busy and constructive 2016 summer.  The group consists of a mixed bunch of volunteers with a varied range of skills and is organised as a sub group of Pitlochry in Bloom.

In addition to our regular path strimming at the Recreation Ground, Kinnaird and Edradour we have tidied up a path at the Cuilc and cut in new drainage, have repaired pot holes and installed new drainage in the Black Spout Woods, cleaned up the aluminium bridge and made further improvements at Lady’s Dell.

Our major task completed in the last few months was to upgrade the path which runs from Lagreach Brae to Loch Faskally.  With financial help from both the Andie Millar Trust and Enchanted Forest Community Trust the group framed the path and with very valuable assistance from the Pitlochry High Junior Rangers moved, raked and rolled 13 tonnes of stone over a two- day period.  The results of our labours should make the walk much easier over the winter period.

The Group has been instrumental in persuading SSE to construct a new multi access path from the new Visitors Centre car park to Loch Faskally.  We understand that the new path will be open when the Visitors Centre opens and should allow wheelchair access to the fantastic views across the loch.

Also, with much administrative effort and with the very generous help from Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Challenge Fund a 300 metre stretch of path was upgraded at Edradour.  A contractor, Duncan Maclean was engaged to carry out the works.  This is a great improvement to the local core path network.

Our members meet every second Thursday and are ably assisted by PKC Greenspace Ranger, Jeannie Grant.  The group is always happy to receive help from new volunteers – absolutely no technical knowledge is required.  If you fancy spending a few hours in the fresh air, helping maintain the path network, meeting new folk and making new friends don’t hesitate to contact Jeannie Grant on 01887 822 425 or via communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk.”

Ian Sim

Pitlochry Path Group SLIDE

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