Junior Rangers from Pitlochry High School recently gave up their Saturday to help tidy up the pond in the Beatrix Potter Garden in Birnam. The pond had become chocked with weed, litter and mud which was restricting the look of the pond and the habitat on offer.
Using waterproofs and waiders the group made fast work of this dirty but rewarding task.
This task is just one of many which are run by local ranger services throughout the year working with many partners, which allows the pupils to get enough experience to gain both the Junior Ranger award and the John Muir award.
Next month we will back out working on the Birnam hill path.
The Junior Ranger scheme takes place in national parks across Europe. More information can be found on the attached link:- https://www.europarc.org/nature/young-people/junior-ranger-programme/
Perth and Kinross Council Community Greenspace support a range of groups to help maintain, improve and keep paths accessible across Perth and Kinross . Your local Greenspace Ranger can provide support by assisting with ongoing practical advice during tasks, helping to set up your group and by lending out equipment.
Our next path training event takes place on 27th April in Davie Park, Blairgowrie. This is an ideal opportunity to meet staff from Community Greenspace to answer any questions plus the opportunity to access training on a range of path group tools.
More information can be found on the poster below. Should you wish to come along places can be booked by contacting Alistair Macleod at email@example.com or 01250 871457.
Community Greenspace Rangers Jeannie and Alistair recently organised some practical sessions to construct a living playare in Larghan park. Various volunteers have been out in all weathers cutting, weaving, shaping and planting to create this new feature in the park.
This task has been made possible due to the commitment from pride of place volunteers, wisecraft and Police Scotland Youth Volunteers who have been learning new skills while completing the task.
Over the next few months it is hoped that the newly planted Willow will flourish to create a unique playarea which can be added to in years to come.
Community Greenspace recently consulted on plans for works at the Willow coppice within Larghan Park. Working with Pride of Place Coupar Angus, various ideas were put forward on how to manage the Willow coppice which had become too large in recent years.
Works in progress
Over the next few weeks we will be running various volunteer sessions with local groups including Wisecraft Mental heath hub, Pride of place and Police Scotland Youth volunteers. The plan is to create a living willow play area, which includes a dome, tunnel and hurdle fencing.
The structure will be planted by volunteers using locally sourced Willow while learning new skills in coppicing. Over time the cut Willow and left trunks will re-grow to provide cover and greenery. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you require more info or wish to come along to any of the action days.
Ideas on what the structure may look like
Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network (BRAN) continue to work in partnership to maintain and enhance the path network surrounding Blairgowrie and East Perthshire. Its been a busy summer for BRAN with tasks such as grass cutting, strimming and cutting back which all helps to keep the path network open and accessible.
BRAN members recently met on 16th November to litter pick at the Riverside between Keithbank Mill and Brooklin Mill. Many more projects are planned over the winter months including the creation of a viewpoint and path improvements at the top of the Knockie path.
BRAN are always looking for new members and should you wish to come along please contact Ian Richards secretary- email@example.com
Community Greenspace continues to work with local groups to help maintain and improve local sites, parks and footpath networks.
Over the past few months we have been working with Wisecraft to offer participants opportunities to gain confidence and learn new skills while working with the local Greenspace Ranger. Wisecraft is a Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, based in Blairgowrie. For over 11 years, Wisecraft has provided a safe environment for adults recovering from mental illness to rebuild their lives.
Recently the group were invited by local residents to help tidy up the historic graveyard which surrounds Hill Church in Blairgowrie. Over two sessions volunteers helped to cutback and load up branches, rake grass and carefully remove moss to expose covered headstones. This is something different for our keen volunteers who enjoyed working in such a historic place and learning about the history from local residents.
After Christmas Wisecraft will start their John Muir award working in Larghan park, Coupar Angus to help the community build a Willow playarea while learning skills in coppicing. For more information please contact Greenspace Ranger Alistair Macleod firstname.lastname@example.org
Below:- Some of the Wisecraft volunteers taking part in various tasks
The Loon Braes Conservation Group continues to meet on the last Thursday of the month. We meet between 1-3pm at the Loon Braes in Rattray. This month’s task was to remove the scrub from around our young fruit trees plus open up/clear the bench points on the hillside to expose the great views of the pond below.
It was a busy afternoon with our keen volunteers achieving a lot while enjoying the warm weather and the Autumn fresh air. The task was rounded off with well earned cup of tea.
Please contact Ranger Alistair on email@example.com if you wish to come along or require further info.
The Den O Alyth – 18/10/18
It’s a great time of year to get out and explore your local countryside site. We have many sites to choose from including towering Kinnoull Hill, The famous Birks of Aberfeldy and picturesque Den O Alyth all of which are looking fantastic in the midst of Autumn.
Community Greenspace work together with local communities to look after and improve these sites for all to enjoy.
More information and walk leaflets can be found at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/paths
Community Greenspace recently supported Guildtown Community Association to work together with various community organisations to upgrade 400m of path around Guildtown Park. The project started after various requests for the circular path around the park to be upgraded and with the offer of volunteer support from the within the community, we were able to supply materials to make this happen.
In March 2018 young volunteers from the Princes Trust worked with Greenspace Ranger Alistair to move over 20 T of material to start the project. This involved training young people in footpath building techniques to complete part of the path. The following week with a small section left to finish an action day was held where keen volunteers from the village came along to help and with a lot of shovelling completed phase 1
To complete phase 2 the unpaid work team were called into action and provided over 210 voluntary hours. The group shovelled over 26t of material making the path accessible for locals and the primary school pupils who use the path for P.E lesions.
We work with many communities to maintain and improve local parks/openspaces. Please contact us at GreenspaceRangers@pkc.gov.uk should you wish to find out more.
The unpaid work team at work
Community Greenspace have recently been working partnership with Wisecraft in Blairgowrie to run practical conservation projects on sites accross the area. Meeting twice per month the group have been learning new skills while carrying out a range of tasks.
The group have been busy fixing/ re-dusting steps and cutting back overhanging Tree branches. The group also helped with the efforts of removing Himalayan balsam from the Loon Braes which was a big task in heat of summer. Its great to see the members of the group gaining confidence and continue to enjoy making a contribution to the management of sites.
The sessions are ended by a well earned cup of tea around the Kellie kettle.