On the 16th of October I was up St Mags with Joanna helping out a group called the six circle clearing back goarse and broom.
This is a really important job as the broom and gorse are taking over the hill and stopping other plants and trees from growing.
It is also really important as they can block some of the amazing views you can get on the summit.
The group worked really hard and managed to clear a lot, revealing that view of the Tay and the bridge.
I tried my first Cadbury Boost that day and I think its safe to say I found my new favourite chocolate.
On the 25th of October I went out to Pitlochry to help Jeannie out with the Pitlochry Path group. The day got off to a good start as I arrived in Pitlochry and I noticed that the group were very hard workers. The task the group were doing was repairing a path just past the train station.
On the train ride home I was treated to some beautiful views with all the trees turning into really nice reds and oranges and a few mesmerizing streams. When I got back to Perth I went to a Modern Apprentice meeting about how to behave on social media.
What is coppicing you ask? Coppicing is a woodland management technique that involves repeatedly felling trees at the base ,then allowing them to regrow, then providing suitable timber. This technique reigns supreme over replanting as the trees roots have already developed so this means the branches growth would be much quicker and less chance of browsing and shading.
But what can coppicing do for the environment? As trees already shed their branches to extend their lifespan this good be a great way to simulate this to the life of the tree. It also increases woodland biodiversity as more light will be able to reach the ground allowing other species to grow. These species will usually be food for butterflies and other insects which means that they can be eaten by birds and bats etc. It can actually provide habitat as well, is there anything it can’t do…
Its that time of the year again with Christmas just around the corner decorations should be appearing around the street. Another thing that will be appearing in living room windows will be the all important Christmas tree, covered top to bottom in lights, baubles and tinsel.
Its almost strange to think that the idea of a Christmas tree was actually around before the advents of Christianity, as the ancient Egyptians used to celebrate the winter solstice by bringing green palm rushes into their homes which symbolizes the triumph of life over death. Skip forward to the 16th century in Germany when the first use of the Christmas tree occurs. It happened when devout Christians took decorated trees into their homes.
If you have decided to have a real tree with roots this year and want it to last through the holidays then here’s how to look after the tree. First of all you should water your tree regularly and you can also cover the top soil with mulch or reindeer moss to prevent water evaporating and you could also empty trays of ice cubes onto the soil to prevent the water pooling. Only limit your tree’s time inside to ten day stretches as trees are at their happiest at cool temperatures and bright outdoor light. Leave the tree in the container you bought it in to avoid disturbing the roots as you do not want to combine transplanting shock with taking the tree indoors. A tip if you do not like the container your tree came in then you can drop it into a larger glazed ceramic pot or metal bucket which can also catch excess water.
On the 6th of September I was set on a journey through to MaCrosty Park in Crieff to help out Alan with the Green Routes to wellbeing. Unfortunately due to the poor weather Green Routes had to be called off.
Despite the weather Alan and I decided to soldier on and started to work on this over grown lade. Although the lade had started to look like more of a jungle than a lade we managed to get quite a lot of work done and managed to get the lade water back to a good flow.
Although the weather was quite miserable I really enjoyed the day.
On Friday 15th October I went to 2 High Street to meet apprentices from Perths twin city in Germany, Aschaffenburg. The day entailed a quick tour of the old councillors room, some history about the twinning and I also met the provost. After a quick lunch spread we were brought into the new councillors room and team building/ ice breakers so we could get to know the German apprentices more. My favourite part of the day was the charades that everyone had to take part in.
On Wednesday I was lucky enough to go out to St.Magdalene’s hill with Joanna to help out with her Green Routes group. The sun was splitting the sky and I was really excited as this was my first time helping with the group. We got ready for the group getting the gloves, lopers, tea and coffee which were essential. We then set off to work by cutting back some overgrown bushes to show a hidden bench with a great view. It was hard work especially with the sun beating down but we managed to get a fair bit done and definitely earned a tea and biscuit. By the time we had finished it looked like a completely different place, it showed me how much work could get done with just a few people.
On the 4th September I was shown a hidden gem that is the Perth station garden.
This garden is beautiful and full of life. What I got up to when I was there was exploring the garden for any type of insect that was living there. We searched high and low tallying off each bug we found in forty five minutes.
We split the garden into three sections, we had a section for things we found on plants, a section for things we found on man-made objects and a section for things we found on the ground and it was fifteen minutes per section.
We had a list of six special species of which we managed to find three! The ones we discovered were the two spotted lady bug, the leopard slug and the shield bug.
Hello everyone, I am Adam Hope the new Horticulture Modern Apprentice. I’ve been working in the council for three days now and I am really enjoying myself. Each day I have been outside and its great as I love being out around nature. I look forward to many more days working in the council and also many more days helping Perth’s communities.