Youth Volunteers help Improve the Beatrix Potter Garden

The Beatrix Potter Garden in Birnam was recently given a makeover  thanks to police Scotland youth Volunteers.

The volunteer’s worked hard cutting back overgrown shrubs, ivy and removing self seeded trees which were taking over the shrub beds.  Bark was also spread round the garden and  by the end of the day a large pile cuttings was ready for uplift.

The garden is a popular spot with many statues dedicated to the character’s of Beatrix potter.

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Larghan Park Activity Sessions

 

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Over summer our Community Greenspace Rangers welcomed the dementia friendly activity group to Larghan Park, Coupar Angus. Following the success of the woodland activity sessions on Kinnoull Hill in Perth it was decided to trial moving the group to a new area.

Over the five week programme we explored the park, worked with willow, tried out bushcraft and designed our own park made out of natural materials. The sessions were a chance to meet new people, while exploring the outdoors and sharing stories over a cup of tea.

We a pleased to announce the activity sessions are on the move to their next location from 2nd October. The sessions will now take place at the enchanted forest site ,Faskally Wood, Pitlochry and a warm indoor site for the introduction and celebration weeks. If you wish to come along or require more information please contact Jeannie Grant on 01887 822425 or email jgrant@pkc.gov.uk

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John Muir Awards with GRTW Crieff

The Green Routes to Wellbeing in Crieff have done a fantastic job in achieving their John Muir Discovery Awards! 7 people within the group have earned the award through their voluntary activities in MacRosty Park and Lady Mary’s Walk with Calum, the Greenspace Ranger for Strathearn.

 

After discovering the different species that live in the area we have built bird and bat boxes to go up throughout the park. In addition to this we have planted and maintained several flowerbeds, which are regularly visited by bumblebees and butterflies! We also found a red squirrel using an old bird nest box, so it’s anyone’s guess what will make use of our new houses!

We have really enjoyed the nature-focussed activities involved in achieving the award. In the past we have done a lot of vegetation and path management, or maintaining/weeding/planting flower beds, with little context outside of keeping the park looking good. So, by tying in previous tasks with more of a focus on biodiversity and nature we’ve had a greater sense of achievement.

 

With a couple keen birders, an ex-forester and a former landscaper in the group, there has been considerable knowledge shared between us, and I think we all have a better understanding of our surrounding environment as a result. Going forward we will be doing some more nature-focussed tasks to tie in with our routine maintenance. As a group we have plans to create another wildflower area in the park and to promote the red squirrels in the area by building a squirrel feeder.

September 2019 Funding Alert

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Of particular note this month are:

Corra Foundation – #ShiftthePower Scotland Comic Relief Programme 

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Invergowrie Play Area Opening Celebration

The opening celebration of the renewed playpark in Invergowrie took place on Wednesday 28 August at 3.45pm. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held and the children enjoyed playing in the park.

Perth and Kinross Council worked together with Invergowrie and Kingoodie Community Group to upgrade the playpark and bring it back to life. The community group held monthly meetings with the goal to improve the local area and assisted the project greatly by distributing surveys to learn from local residents what they would like to see in their area. They also held workshops with the children from Invergowrie Primary School, and reviewed the final design for the playpark, which included both new and relocated play equipment, a bespoke climbing unit made from locally sourced timber and locally made rope elements, improved accessibility and landscaping works.

In addition to this the community groups is currently also fundraising for sensory equipment, to which they have already raised over £1000. This equipment is set to be installed in the next couple of years as part of the next phase of planned improvement works for the park.

Convenor of Perth & Kinross Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Angus Forbes said: “I am delighted to see the Invergowrie park play area be brought to completion for the great benefit and enjoyment of local as well as visiting families.

“The community group has played a fantastic part in involving local residents to make their views known to make sure that we create a play area that will bring long lasting value to them. I also greatly look forward to see sensory equipment installed in the future which will ensure the park is inclusive for all.