Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential – Environment & Conservation Camp

The Community Greenspace Rangers often work in partnership with other organisations for participants to achieve Duke of Edinburgh awards.  For the past five years there has been a partnership between Abernethy Trust, Ardeonaig.  Whilst at the centre and in the Highland Perthshire Countryside they not only work towards completing their awards but also work towards their John Muir Awards. In turn they support local Path groups, Bloom groups and help to complete the councils forest plans.

To get a flavour of their experience in their own words…..

“During our DofE Gold Residential camp that took place over the course of five days, we helped Jeannie Grant, PKC Community Greenspace Ranger, with two days of conservation volunteering to help out the Rannoch Path Group.

On the first day in Kinloch Rannoch we helped to brighten up some of the areas in the village, planting daffodil bulbs on the grassy bank by the village hall and at the War Memorial, to flower next spring. We also helped to clear the public footpath on the site of the old public toilets by the bridge. This involved cutting off the dead branches from the oak tree, improving the fence by adding some new fence posts and clearing moss from the footpath and steps. We used specialist tools, including a flat mallet, pole saw, bow saw, loppers and various other tools.

On the second day, we took part in maintaining the footpath to MacGregor’s Cave. We had the chance to use tree poppers as well as other tools from the previous day. We saw some amazing views along the way and explored MacGregor’s Cave at the end.

As a reward for our voluntary conservation work, Jeannie very kindly brought Kelly Kettles for us to prepare hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. Using natural resources such as lichen, twigs and dried grass, we learned how to make small, contained fires to fuel the kettles.

Throughout the whole experience, working with people we previously didn’t know, we were able to gain valuable skills which we will be able to use in the future. At the start of our residential we all aimed to put something back into the local community and all feel as if we have achieved this. The overall experience has been very rewarding because of the long-term difference we have helped to make in the local area.

We would like to thank Jeannie Grant and the leaders at the Abernethy Ardeonaig Centre for an incredible camp that we won’t forget and for an excellent opportunity.”

Abernethy Ardeonaig DofE Gold Residential Camp

Environment & Conservation Team October 2017

If you have a group that would benefit form partnership work to help participants to complete Duke of Edinburgh please do contact the Communities team by emailing communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk or phoning 01738 475000 and asking to speak to Community Greenspace Communities Team.