Work started this week to clear out the pond in Scone Park. Over the last couple of years, the vegetation has grown and joined the island to the land. Vegetation is being removed from the pond to reinstate the island that makes it safer for the ducks and swans during nesting time. It will also create more surface area of water that will benefit the swans and ducks that make call it home. Work should be completed by early next week. Watch this space for updates….
Litter is also being removed and so far 6 footballs have been collected and couting!
Have you put your Christmas tree up yet? Trees make a huge contribution to our environment, our health and our economy as well as a centrepiece of Christmas. Forestry Commission Scotland has created a short video entitled ‘There’s more to Scotland’s forests than meets the eye’ that is well worth a watch. So sit back, relax and enjoy this video with a mince pie.
If, over the festive period you would like a break from Christmas T.V, Scotland’s Native Woodlands is an excellent short film presented by naturalist Nick Baker.
South Perth Greenspace Group volunteer in Greenspaces owned by the Council and other landowners including Dupplin Estate. The rain didn’t dampen the sprits of eight enthusiastic volunteers who coppiced an area of Craigie Community Wood 24th November .
Coppicing is the traditional rural skill of cutting small trees to encourage more small stems to grow back. This adds diversity to the woodland by creating more variety of tree ages and the new stems are favoured as bird nesting sites.
Traditionally, most broadleaf trees were coppiced to provide wood for a long list of household items such as furniture and broom handles. All the branches cut on Saturday will be used to create traditional fencing and the cut stumps will produce new shoots in the spring. The area was fenced by the Tay Landscape Partnership to prevent rabbit and deer nibbling on the tasty fresh shoots.
Thank you to South Perth Greenspace Group for all their hard work and to Torquil Varity for his coppicing expertise and advice.
South Perth Greenspace Group meet every month on the first Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Glenearn Community Campus and new faces are always very welcome.
Badger the Collie was a great help while coppicing!
Kingoodie Quarry was given a pre-Christmas tidy up with the help of hard working volunteers on Sunday. We cleared footpaths, lopped low branches, cleared trees that came down in Storm Ali and removed five full bags of litter.
Leaf blowers and rakes cleared the footpaths in no time as you can see in these before and after photos. Thank you to everyone who came along and thanks to Dave for the mince pies! We are planning on another task day in February, if you would like to be involved, please watch this space or email JoannaDick@pkc.gov.uk for more information.
Would you like to find out more about the traditional woodland management technique of coppicing and give it a go?
If so, join the South Perth Greenspace Group on Saturday 24th November at Craigie Hill Community Woodland 10am-3pm to try your hand at this ancient rural skill of cutting small trees to encourage more small stems to grow back, traditionally used for fencing, furniture, charcoal and clothes pegs!
This spring 1,200 wildflower plants were planted on St Magdalene’s Hill to create a wildflower meadow to provide nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies. The plants were kindly donated by the Tay Landscape Partnership and were planted by Perth Brownies, Beavers and Perth High School. Despite the summer drought a good number of plants survived and added beautiful colour to the grassland.
A group from Perth High School who planted the flowers completed the next step by raking off the cut grass to prevent excess nutrients and allow the young plants to push up next spring. The grass was raked onto large tarpaulins and then piled under trees and broom bushes.
After hot chocolate and biscuits, the group finished by litter picking the main path to the summit and back to the car park.
A big thanks to Perth High School for their help. There is still grass to be raked off so we will be back shortly to finish the job.
The summit of St Magdalene’s Hill offers beautiful views across the South Inch, Kinnoull Hill and the River Tay but recently it has become overgrown with gorse and broom leaving just a small circle at the top.
Six Circle, a group based in Perth rolled up their sleeves yesterday and cut back a huge amount of gorse and broom opening up the paths and creating a view across to Hilton Wood. Underneath the thick scrub we discovered young birch trees, an oak sapling and small plants that can now grow without the shade of the larger plants.
Fuelled by Boost chocolate bars, the group also collected five full bags of litter, a golf ball, a football, lip gloss, sunglasses plus a keg of cider (unfortunately empty). This work is part of work by various volunteer groups to clear gorse and broom from St Magdalene’s Hill to create more open space for bees and butterflies and improve views for people enjoying the site.
Green Routes to Wellbeing volunteers cleared scrub from the bench and picnic tables on the main path to open up beautiful views across Perth.
If you would like to help us with the makeover of St Magdalene’s Hill, please email JoannaDick@pkc.gov.uk
Ranger Joanna welcomed 29 young Syrians to Loch Leven National Nature Reserve on Sunday with Neil Mitchell from Scottish Natural Heritage and Anna Jennet from RSPB for a day of nature activities.
The day was organised by Backbone which aims to excite communities of all backgrounds and abilities to own and benefit from engagement with nature. We discussed the wildlife found around Loch Leven and discovered that otter translates as ‘water dog’ in Arabic.
Joanna lead the group on a game of nature bingo looking out for oak, rowan trees, conkers and a birds nest. The prize of a large box of shortbread went down exceptionally well! Other activities included pond dipping and bird watching.
The group was very interested in Scottish wildlife and it was fascinating to learn about similar types of trees found back home. The day was rounded off with a game of football in the sun in Kirkgate Park before heading back to Edinburgh.
We can’t wait to work with Backbone again in the near future exploring more of our Greenspaces in Perth and Kinross.