Perth Lade Action Day – 26th October 2018

The Perth Lade Action Day

Trimming, Weeding and Litterpicking

Friday 26th October 2018- 2pm – 4pm

Please meet at the Stanley Crescent Play Area at 1.45pm.

Refreshments will be provided.

All equipment will be provided, please ensure you wear sturdy shoes/boots and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and are weather appropriate.

Please come join us we would love to see you there.

If you are attending please contact Kirsty Scott on (01738) 476476

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Photo: Richard Wilkins

Not a Wasted Day in Perth!

The Chartered Institute of Waste Management did not waste a day in Perth at the end of August and had a brilliant time! Starting at the North Inch golf course, they tried footgolf before being served delicious cakes and drinks by Beautiful Perth volunteers. The group then enjoyed a guided walk along the banks of the River Tay lead by Greenspace Ranger Joanna.

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John Summers kindly joined the group to explain the history of Rodney Gardens and the Heather Collections which are maintained by a partnership between Perth and Kinross Council and 30 volunteers working weekly to maintain the beautiful plant life. Did you know there are 550 varieties of heathers to be found and over 16,000 plants?!

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The group continued along the Tay from Riverside Park spotting ducks, gulls and swans on the river before arriving at Willowgate for well-earned lunch and an afternoon of activities including archery and kayaking.

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Community Working Hard in Glenfarg

The community of Glenfarg came together to spruce up Wallace Park and create homes for local wildlife on Saturday 11th August. Luckily the heavy rain stayed away and a team of 15 people worked hard clearing vegetation, cleaning the sun dial and picking litter.

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These impressive bug hotels, creep crawlie palaces and hedgehog homes were built using recycled materials from local homes and businesses. Greenspace Ranger Joanna, provided tools and advice on the best location for the animal homes.

If you would like to be involved in further work days, please email Friends of Wallace Park on fowp@glenfarg.org

Join New Volunteer Group in Perth

A new volunteer group meeting at St. Magdalene’s Hill started this week and is open to anyone new who would like to join us. We had a beautiful sunny day for our first session and with a small hard-working group managed to clear a large area of gorse and broom that was encroaching onto the path, benches and picnic tables.

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The group is open to anyone and all tools and instruction is provided each week. The next session is on Wednesday 19th September 10am at St Magdalene’s Hill. For more information or to book your place, please contact Joanna on 01738 475 377.

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Perth Lade Update

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Photo: Richard Wilkins

Community Greenspace Partnership Officer Kirsty Scott is currently supporting 15 partnership projects throughout the Perth and Kinross area.  One of these projects is the improvement of Perth Lade.  Since starting work on the project in early summer 2017 we have achieved the following:

  • Removed dangerous trees and self-seeders and cut back branches effecting the street lighting,
  • Worked with the City of Perth Early Childhood Centre to design posters for a no littering/dog fouling campaign.  We also carried out planting of a bed at Rae Place, Perth with the pre-school group.
  • Vegetation clearance and litter removal has been carried out in the lade (we are governed by SEPA on the quantity and methods of removal)
  • Where required the fencing along some parts has been replaced and repaired.
  • Planted bulbs with Tulloch Blooming Lade, which will bring year on year colour to the area.
  • Tulloch Blooming lade carry out litter picks in the Tulloch area – they do have a Facebook page where you can view some of their work.
  • We provide groups with litter picks and gardening tools.
  • Working with Community Payback to arrange graffiti removal and the painting of railings.
  • We hosted our ‘Lade Action Day‘ on the 26 October 2017 with Balfour Beatty, PKC Operations Team and community volunteers from Beautiful Perth and other local groups.

Looking to the future we will be hosting our annual ‘Lade Action Day’ on Friday 26 October 2018.  Kirsty will also be working with Tulloch Primary School focusing on the lade improvements/history of the lade.

We are delighted with the work and progress so far and believe that this is the beginning of a great community partnership.

While our Operations team and community volunteers do a great job, they are often faced with reoccurring litter, fly-tipping and vandalism.  While we are committed to working on this with the resources we have available, we are reliant on the support and involvement of those who ‘love the lade’.

for more information, or to get involved. please contact Kirsty Scott or Joanna Dick (Perth Greenspace Ranger) through our contacts page

New Green Routes to Wellbeing Perth Group Starting

A new Green Routes to Wellbeing Groups is starting in Perth on 5th September 2018 and everyone is welcome to join. The group will be working to improve St Magdalene’s Hill by clearing paths, thinning trees and removing litter. No previous outdoor experience is required and all tools, gloves, tea and biscuits are provided for you. Come and feel the benefits of spending time in the outdoors learning new skills.

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We will meet at the same location each session, in the car park at St Magdalene’s Hill. The car park is accessed from the corner of Glendevon Road and Glenlochay Road.

For more information or to let us know you are coming, please contact Joanna Dick by emailing JoannaDick@pkc.gov.uk or phoning 01738 475 377.

 

 

 

 

South Inch Pond Clean Up

We reported that our adult swan and two cygnets had opted to move to the Tay last week see: South Inch Swan Update, since then we have had no more than a light rain shower.

We took the opportunity while the pond water is low to get in and clean out any exposed litter.  We were shocked at the amount of plastic, glass and sweetie wrappers that were embedded in the mud.  We would like to take the opportunity to ask that visitors to the park please use the litter bins provided.

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While we were there we were delighted to see that there were plenty of coot, moorhen, ducks and gulls who all seemed happy splashing and swimming in the cool waters in the middle.   You can help the birds by feeding the birds oats, sweetcorn, any bird seed mixes and grapes! Please avoid feeding them bread.

 

South Inch Swan Update

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Although raining today (finally) the dry conditions have caused the South Inch pond to shrink and many people have been concerned about the swan and two cygnets.

On Wednesday, they swans decided to move to the River Tay.  Luckily Perth and Kinross Council staff were at the park and assisted in their  journey by stopping traffic on the busy roads to keep them safe.

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Thanks to everyone who got in touch with us about these much loved Perth birds. We will continue to monitor the water levels for the other birds such as the coot and moorhen who both have young birds… I will continue to rain dance!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

How nifty are these dog poo bag dispensers spotted in Friarton Park in Perth?

A great way of recycling plastic bottles and providing bags for people to clear up after their dogs. Dog waste bags are available from Perth and Kinross Council Offices. Why not have a go at making some yourself? Handy in the house, the car and your local Greenspace!

 

 

Feeding Ducks

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These young, fluffy moorhen can be seen around the pond at Scone Park. They are very used to people so they come right up to you on the path.

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One of your first experiences of feeding birds may have been as a child throwing some bread to the ducks and swans at your local pond or nearby river. Although feeding bread to ducks may seem like a kind thing to do and a great way of getting rid of stale bread, it can actually be potentially dangerous for them.

Instead, feed ducks and other pond dwelling birds oats, sweetcorn, any bird seed mixes and grapes!pond 2