6. VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL – Celebrating 20 Blooming Years

Take a Pride in Perth & Kinross Association are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. To get the festivities underway the Association held a Garden Party at Perth Racecourse on Friday 1 June.

Past and present members of the 48 ‘bloom’ groups currently operating across the Perth & Kinross area turned out in their finery to enjoy the afternoon and we were honoured to be joined by the Provost and Deputy Provost.

Everything was perfectly planned – but this being Scotland, the weather didn’t co-operate! Not long after the formalities got underway a thunderstorm hit with rain in the proverbial biblical proportions. The lightning blew out the power in our marquee so our carefully laid plans had to be swiftly revised, but us ‘Bloomers’ are made of hardy stuff, our community spirit came to the fore, so a great time was had by all!

Congratulations not only to the winners of the Best Hat competition, but also to everyone who entered for brightening up the marquee!

Our thanks (and sympathies) to founder member Euna Scott, whose excellent presentation was cruelly cut short, and to the Rock Choir who had to perform ‘acapella’ and did so absolutely brilliantly.

Thanks also to Fergus Cook aka ‘David Douglas’, to cartoonist Neil Smith and to our organising committee aka Bill, Elspeth and Caroline.

Photographer Ian Potter of LightPress Media & Design also did a brilliant job despite impact of the weather on light levels, and his excellent a photo album of the event can now be viewed on Beautiful Perth’s Flickr site.

We couldn’t get the planned group photo because of the conditions, but copies of the other event photos are now available – go to the Flickr site (click the link above, hover mouse over the picture you want and you’ll see the photo number;  email monica@beautifulperth.org with the number(s) you want and she will forward them to you.

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Pictures (from left): Before the deluge; Provost Melloy; (below) Hats!

 

2. Volunteering for all: – The Lady of the Lade

“A number of friends and neighbours took local kids out for a litter pick and it became clear how much the kids loved the Lade. This enthusiasm drove us to get a bit of community funding, set up a Facebook page, plant bulbs, grow wild flowers and do a bit of landscaping.  It’s the kids enthusiasm that keeps us going.”

Janie Scott.

Day 2 of National Volunteer Week and we want to highlight Janie Scott; the enthusiastic Lady of the Lade who is helping to drive the Tulloch’s Blooming Lade project.

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PKC sourced tools for Tulloch’s Blooming Lade in 2017 and with support from Janie these have been put to good use; including weekend sessions clearing the area at the bridge in the hope that the wild flowers will grow again.

Bulbs were planted and have come into bloom this spring; these are very much appreciated by the community demonstrated by the positive responses when the group posted about them on their Facebook page.  The tulips in particular are stunning.

Thanks to the efforts of the group with litter picks and clearing the vegetation the wildlife in and along the lade is thriving with lots of lovely ducklings and the heron is a regular visitor, the group are also aware of a resident kingfisher and their Facebook page is packed full of photos of all of these.

If you use Perth Lade and would like to feedback on the future management please complete our survey below.

Lade Green Corridor consultation survey

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Beechgrove Garden Question Time, Perth 23rd May

Local charity Beautiful Perth is welcoming the Beechgrove Garden team to Perth on 23 May. FREE tickets are now available for a ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ session that evening, in Joan Knight Studio, Perth Theatre.

Gardeners from Perth and beyond are invited to come along and put their questions to Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, George Anderson and Brian Cunningham, who will be on the panel to provide expert horticultural advice.

Pictures of garden problems or actual problem plants, can be brought along to help the experts answer questions. Doors are open from 17.30, audience to be seated by 18.15 and filming starts at 18.30.

Tickets are FREE via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beechgrove-gardeners-question-time-tickets-45644294313?aff=eac2 or can be obtained by emailing, with ‘Roadshow’ as the subject, to info@beautifulperth.org or evelyn.paterson@terntv.com

Earlier in their visit to the Fair City, the Beechgrove team will be filming with volunteers from Beautiful Perth at the heather garden in Riverside Park, and will also visit the allotments on Moncreiffe Island.

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Brickhall Community Garden – work starts in spring 2018

Bridge of Earn’s volunteer group Brig in Bloom has announced that their project ‘Bridging the Past’ enters its final phase this spring, with the creation of the new Brickhall Community Garden.

Brickhall Community Garden

The project – which celebrates the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology – has received generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Council’s Community Environment Challenge Fund, the Innogy Renewables UK’s Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Fund, Awards for All and TESCO Bags of Help.

Funding enabled Bridge of Earn residents and pupils from Dunbarney and Kilgraston Schools to share and record stories about the village’s farming heritage between the 1940s and1960s.

The final part of the project will create a garden which reflects the village’s history. As well as paths and seating, the garden design includes dry stone walling and traditional native plant species. A ‘listening post’ will provide recordings of residents’ memories and the sounds of days gone by. The garden will provide a haven for wildlife and offer everyone a tranquil place to relax.

Landscaping work will be undertaken by a contractor whilst volunteers will plant up the new garden with specially selected shrubs and plants. Work is expected to take place between April and June. It will culminate in a special opening event so that everyone who has taken part in the project – more than 100 so far – can celebrate their achievements.

Driving force behind the project is local community group Brig in Bloom, led by Avril Fulton, who said: ‘Brig in Bloom is very excited to the see their vision come to fruition. We thank everyone for their support. However, we are sad that local project champion George Smith has passed away recently. We intend that the garden will also be a fitting memorial for his contribution to our community.’ For more information please contact Avril Fulton a.f.fulton@icloud.com

Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy commented:

“Community groups such as Brig in Bloom contribute significantly to improving their local areas through volunteering and a desire to make a positive difference. My sympathies go out to George Smith’s family, friends and fellow volunteers – I am sure the Brickhall Community Garden will be a very fine reflection of his commitment to Bridge of Earn.”

Brig in Bloom strapline

Download the plans below:

C1616.001D Balmanno Community Garden

C1616.004 Brickhall Existing

Blooming Success 2017

We are delighted to share the news that at the 2017 Beautiful Scotland Awards, Perth and Kinnesswood were awarded trophies for ‘best in’ their respective categories and the following impressive array of medals were awarded to our communities.  We are very proud of our volunteers and delighted that they have been rewarded with such a good result.

Beautiful Perth Gold
Brig in Bloom Gold
Comrie in Colour Gold
Crichton Lang Court Residents Group Silver
Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom Silver Gilt
Kinnesswood in Bloom Silver Gilt
Muthill in Bloom Silver Gilt
   

Thank you to everyone for all that you do – together we really do make a difference!

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Blooming Inspirational!

I attended the official opening of two Bloom projects in Perthshire last week on behalf of Community Greenspace, and I felt these community efforts to be truly inspiring, I hope you do to!

The Keir Bridge project ( officially opened on Friday the 6th of May ) has transformed a dark area of woodland in to a welcoming area by the Keir Burn, whilst safeguarding and enhancing the natural beauty of the area.

A massive well done Sheila Shaw and Keith Lawrence in particular,  for their efforts in ensuring that the project was delivered so successfully.  Further plans are afoot to install Red Squirrel boxes, and we await the flourishing of wild flower areas.  It is very evident that this area will enjoyed by all generations to come.

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And then in the glorious sunshine, off to Abernethy in Bloom and the official opening of Nurse Peattie’s Garden ( 7th of May ).  Again a transformed area with so many special touches, commemorating the life of the local district Nurse, Elizabeth Peattie who served this Perthshire community from 1936 to 1963 and travelled on her trusty bicycle.  A real village effort with enchanting planting by a relatively new bloom group – led by Caroline Boyle and Ian Lamond.

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A Blooming Great Year

A massive thank you to all the ” Bloom ” groups in Perth and Kinross who worked tirelessly in 2015 to ensure that their communities are great places to live and visit.

The numbers are  increasing and in 2015 we welcomed the communities of Abernethy, Balbeggie, Guildtown, North Muirton,  Powmill and St Fillans to the “Take A Pride In Perthshire” Campaign.

Will we hit 50 communities in 2016 ?  We hope so !

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