Community Willow Project- Larghan Park

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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.

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 ajmacleod@pkc.gov.uk should you require more info or wish to come along to any of the action days.

 

 

BRAN update.

 

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-   ian_richards2007@yahoo.com

Something different for Wisecraft.

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 ajmacleod@pkc.gov.uk

Below:- Some of the Wisecraft volunteers taking part in various tasks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteering at the Loon Braes

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 ajmacleod@pkc.gov.uk if you wish to come along or require further info.

A view from the Den O Alyth

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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

 

Working together in Guildtown Park

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.

 

 

Working in partnership with Wisecraft.

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.

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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.

 

 

 

Loon Braes Conservation Group – update.

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A few keen volunteers have been coming along to help maintain the Loon Braes, in Rattray. Over the last few sessions we have been concentrating on removing the Himalayan Balsam from around the pond, tidying up the orchard area and keeping the site tidy.

Over the winter Months it is hoped to involve the community to help shape the future of the Loon Braes. We will shortly be forming a steering group to help push forward fundraising and ideas to help improve the area.

We are always looking for more volunteers and anyone who is keen to come along can find us at the Davie park pavilion at 1pm. The Loon Braes group meets on the last Thursday of the month. For more info please contact ajmacleod@pkc.gov.uk

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SSE in action at the Den O Alyth

Community Greenspace recently welcomed 15 engineers from SSE to the Den O Alyth. The group split in two with one group cutting back branches and digging back years of mud from the path which links the Den to the main carpark. This involved a lot of digging and moving materials to create a much improved footpath surface.

In the afternoon the volunteers headed off for a walk round the den to help with Tree pulling . This task is really important to help preserve the den by removing non-native Beech Trees which help our native Trees flourish.  Using tree poppers and hand power the Beech saplings were removed making it a fun task. Drainage ditches were also cleared out to help keep the paths in good condition.

An enjoyable day was had by all and the team worked hard to achieve a lot.

We welcome corporate volunteers from many backgrounds and businesses. Please contact us at communitygreenspace@pkc.co.uk should your organisation wish to volunteer with us.

Rattray Fun with Nature event.

Community Greenspace recently attended the family fun with nature event at Rattray primary school. The event was used to promote the fantastic parks and open spaces which are in the area. In particular the Loon Braes which is less than five minutes walk form the event. Greenspace Rangers Alistair and Joanna had a range of activities on offer including pond dipping with mini-beasts from the Loon Braes pond, scavenger hunts plus animal mask making. Over 130 adults and children visited the stall and the rangers were able to engage and explain the importance of our greenspaces for both wildlife and recreation.

The event was run in conjunction with community learning and included a visit from the wild about Scotland bus and visitors enjoyed a free nature themed lunch.