Looking after Larghan Park Meadow

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Volunteers from Wisecraft in Blairgowrie recently helped give the Wildflower Meadow in Larghan park its Autumn makeover. The meadow is an important feature in the park, creating great habitat for pollinators throughout the summer months. 

Now Autumn is upon us the meadow is cut and raked to help spread the seed while the cuttings are lifted by keen volunteers. Lifting cuttings helps our wildflowers thrive by removing the nutrients from the soil.  

Its is hoped the work will contribute towards the John Muir Award which the group are currently completing.

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Supporting P&K Ramblers in Guildtown

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Community Greenspace recently supported a project taken forward by the P&K Ramblers to reinstate and improve the Loanfolds core path in Guildtown. The task was to install two sleeper bridges, way markers plus cut and prepare the path ready for opening.

The group were supported by the supply of materials and practical help from the local greenspace ranger and apprentice.

Perth and Kinross Ramblers have agreed to adopt the path and maintain it going forward while working with the local community. The path links the village of Guildtown with the River Tay and Stormont path to old scone.

If you wish to become involved in your local path group please contact communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

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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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Spring clean with the Junior Rangers

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/

Path Group Training Event.

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 ajmacleod@pkc.gov.uk or 01250 871457.

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Larghan Park willow Project- Update

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.

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