Brickhall and Balmanno Community Garden

Due to some phenomenal fundraising work, Volunteer group Brig in Bloom are forging ahead with their Community Garden project.  35 pupils from Dunbarney Primary and Kilgraston Schools have been interviewing residents and recording their memories, which will be used to provide a ‘listening post’ in the garden, of days gone by.  The garden will provide a haven for wildlife and offer everyone a tranquil place to relax, with landscaping plans including paths, seating, dry stone walling and the planting of traditional native species.

Residents have been sharing stories about the village’s rural heritage and farming life between the 1940s and 1960, and the heritage themed garden celebrates Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

A special celebration event took place last week in Dunbarney Church Hall, with a further event planned for next month (watch this space for details).  Everyone is invited to see the exhibition of old photographs, the children’s research and listen to people talking about life as it used to be. Afternoon teas 1950’s style, will be served by Dunbarney & Forgandenny Women’s Group.

Brig in Bloom, a member of the Take a Pride in Perthshire Association, are continuing to raise the remaining funds needed  to enable the landscaping to begin later this year.






Rough Glen Abernethy

Thanks to some wonderful weather at the weekend, our first Greenspace Volunteering session in the Rough Glen at Abernethy was a great success.

Along with our Ranger Susan Whyte, Volunteers cleared the way up the Rough Glen from Nurse Peattie’s Garden to the Glenfoot Road with the majority of Volunteers staying for the whole day.

As you can see from the pictures they’ve made a real difference, so a big ‘Thanks and well done!’ to all who came along. If you enjoyed it, please come back for more.

If you like the sound of it, like being active and want to make a worthwhile difference then watch this space as we’ll be running further sessions through the summer, with the next pencilled in for 4-6 weeks time.



Volunteer event in Abernethy

Greenspace Volunteers around Abernethy are wanted to help make paths in the Rough Glen at Abernethy more accessible on Sat 17th June 2017.

If you can, come along for an hour or bring some lunch and stay all day.

Saturday 17th June 10am – 3pm.   Meet up opposite Nurse Peattie’s Garden.

Contact Ranger Susan Whyte for more info on 01738 475395 or



Forward Coupar Angus Funding

Those who have been following the Coupar Angus Community Garden updates throughout the year, will be pleased to hear that although March sees the end of the current funding through the Climate Challenge Fund, the group will continue their work at the community gardens  through a strong team of volunteers.  Fantastic community support has developed since the Group was established and they have lots of ideas and plans as to how Growing and Gardening in Coupar Angus will continue.

However, they need some help – which YOU can quite easily provide….

They have applied for a grant (through the council) for some funds towards a growing Leader for the gardens – and ask that you

HELP THE COMMUNITY GARDENS – by voting through the link below.

Its a participatory fundso the more votes they get the better chance there is of winning their funding bid.

The first page of the form allows you to vote for projects in the Carse of Gowrie, the second for Strathmore projects including the “Green Shoots for Healthy Minds” project, with the third page for Blairgowrie and the Glens projects.

EVERY VOTE COUNTS!  So why not help them out?


Coupar Angus Community Gardens

The Community Gardens in Coupar Angus are thriving in the sunshine as the Spring begins.  The snowdrops are out, the daffs are up and the blossom is being to bloom…

2017 sees lots of changes afoot – we have already began work in and about the gardens as we prepare for the season… big thanks to all who have helped, build new beds, make a greenhouse, construct watering systems, host the Spring event with a smoothie cycle and to the wonderful group of volunteers who have continued to come to the winter “Go Grow” sessions in the Y (taught by the wonderful Sue Ferguson – local grower/gardener extraordinaire).


On March the 11th we’ll be hosting a garden swap event at the cross in the town as part of Coupar Angus Up-cycling day – Our invitation is to bring down on the day any plants, seeds, tools or treasures from your garden that you might want to swap out or pass on!  A great opportunity to go through the garden shed, have sort and clear out in time for Spring.. we will have a table out – where people can swap, donate or pick up items.

There’ll be lots going on in and about the Cross that day with events planned including a clothes swap, a Men’s Shed – showcasing up-cycling with wood, a cycle event and bric a brac stall – lots to come, see, swap and get involved in….  We also have LOTS happening in the gardens in March – details below of all the events to come but we encourage you to come along, get involved and get growing….



Garden Swap Shop (part of the Coupar Angus Upcycling Day) The Cross, Coupar Angus Saturday 11th March (10:00-14:00) Bring along anything gardens related! We will have a swap shop stall, where you you can swap out your items.. anything garden related welcomed.. seeds, plants, pots, tools, books etc etc Contact Sharon in advance if you need help transporting items 07833938536

Free Fermentation workshop (followed by light lunch) Saturday 11th March (10.15 – 13:00) at the Talbot Hall  Learn the basics of the ancient art of fermentation. This is run by Coupar Angus Food Focus in collaboration with Slow Food Tayside and North Fife. Limited places and booking necessary on 07739030499.

Free Intro workshop on Mushroom Cultivation Sat 11th March – (14:00 – 16:00)  at the Caddam Road, Community Gardens. Short, practical workshop on the uses of mushrooms and how to grow them. Limited places and booking necessary on 07833938536

Volunteer Nights Wed 22nd March and Wed 29th March (16:30 – 18:00) Caddam Road, Community Gardens All welcome for the first of our volunteer sessions on Wednesday nights! (Weather dependent)

Urban Nature with SNH

Just discovered this great new video from Scottish Natural Heritage covering many aspects of Urban Nature.

Although the video footage is mostly confined to the Central Belt, it gives a great overview of the work that SNH do throughout Scotland, to the benefit of people and our environment.  It also includes a mention of the partnership work they do with Paths For All and SUSTRANS, who are a perhaps the biggest funding sources for many of the paths throughout the Perth & Kinross area.

Highlights of the video are:

The Seven Lochs wetland park in the Clyde Valley
Ramblers Scotland Medal Routes
The far ranging work of The Conservation Volunteers
The invertebrate conservation Buglife
The John Muir Pollinator Way
The Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention Project

The video is about 10 minutes long, but well worth a look.

My Colleagues Dave Stubbs and Ros Mills attended the launch for the video at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday evening, featuring a very positive key note address from MSP Roseanna Cunningham, both Dave and Ros were inspired by the variety of work taking place.  If you have any ideas for projects of this nature, please get in touch.

More great videos from SNH

Visit Buglife Scotland online

Medal Routes Moblie App


It was so lovely to have some proper snow after the unusually warm start to the winter! The gardens looked glorious in the winter sunshine of last week… but change is afoot.

As part of continuing efforts to reduce our town’s Carbon Footprint Forward Coupar Angus are aiming to save 10,000 car miles in February.  Will you help?

All you need to do is record journeys you make on foot, by bike, by bus, by train or by lift-sharing with someone else. Journeys only count if you would normally make them in a car, so if you go for a leisure cycle or take the dog for a walk (although they are great things to do!) they shouldn’t be included. Pick up a form from the community shop to take part! Then just return your completed forms to the High Street Store in early March.

What’s on in February

Wednesday nights in the Y on Union Street 5.30 – 7pm “Go Grow” garden sessions with the community garden volunteers – come along and chat with other volunteers and growers learn about growing organic veg, good gardening practice and how to get better yields from your garden, without harming the environment.

Wednesday 8th February in the Y.  Tattie Talks. FREE EVENT with John Marshall – a slideshow and talk all about Tatties. John has a lifetime of experience in potatoes and will give an inspiring and information talk on this wonderful veg.

Saturday 25th February As part of the Snowdrop Festival, some Spring revitalizing and rejuvenating activities are being offered by the Community Gardens Group.

12 noon – 2pm – Stall outside the High Street Community Store offering revitalizing and rejuvenating healthy snacks, shakes and smoothies, to put some bounce back into your “Spring” – complimented by short, free massages and treatments.

2pm – 3pm we will be offering a gentle meditation walk – beginning at the shop, we will walk to the community garden where the short introduction to the meditation will be followed by this wonderful opportunity to take a moment, explore nature and yourself . Meditation by experienced practitioner Madelaine Thorley. All ages are welcomed! Bookings are required for the walk 07833938536


Auchterarder Paths Project

Great news for cyclists and pedestrians in the Auchterarder area. Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust are about to start work improving the Provost’s Walk path adjacent to the A9, creating a new 2m wide surfaced path and upgrading the drainage.

The new path will run from the foot of Ruthven St, west towards the path junction near Glenburn Road and is the first phase of a wider project to upgrade all the popular paths in the Auchterarder area.

Unfortunately this means that this section of the core path will be closed for approximately 10 weeks beginning on the 25th January 2017.  A diversion can be made by taking an alternative route through the neighbouring streets.

The project is being funded by a number of organisations including the Auchterarder Community Facilities Fund, Auchterarder & District Community Trust, Sustrans and Tactran.capture

Founded in 1997, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT) is an independent charity that negotiates access to land, builds shared footpaths, helps care for the countryside and undertakes conservation projects; all to improve and promote access to the countryside for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

PKCT is supported by The Gannochy Trust, Perth & Kinross Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Growing Wild

Heard of the Grow Wild campaign?growwild

Last month I received a newsletter from ‘Grow Wild’ and after having watched their wonderful video, thought that it’d be an ideal good news story to share on our Greenspace Volunteers blog, so here we are.

Grow Wild is the UK’s biggest-ever wild flower campaign which as they say “helps bring people together to transform local spaces with native, pollinator-friendly wild flowers and plants.”  Supported by  The Big Lottery Fund, Grow Wild is an outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, which has transformed over 150,000 square metres of disused land, through the power of community spirit. Apparently, that’s enough to create a metre-wide path of wild flowers that would reach to the edge of space and beyond!

The time-lapse videos show the stunning results across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England over the last year at Grow Wild’s four flagship projects, which are now brimming with wildlife, native wild flowers and being enjoyed by the communities who live near them.

This first video shows the transformation of the open space at Barrhead.

The second features, Coleraine, Ebbw Vale and Liverpool. The planting day at Ebbw Vale looked like the great fun, with the children preparing and throwing seed bombs!

Whether it’s a small act of a ‘thank you’ or a larger act of volunteering for your local community garden, sharing your resources, time, enthusiasm or knowledge can give you a greater sense of purpose. Find out more about Grow Wild projects at