One Magic Evening in MacRosty

On Tuesday (16th May) evening we had 3 volunteers who came along volunteering in MacRosty Park.

Running evening volunteering sessions  isn’t something we’ve done a lot of, but we’ve scheduled a few dates during May to try it out and so far its going well.

Although the session only lasted 2 hours with a break half way through the session we still managed to make a huge difference to the area around the Pavilion Café. We weeded the flowers beds and scraped weeds away from the paved area.

Best of all it was an tremendously pleasant evening to be outside in the park.

If you fancy coming along one evening, details of our other sessions are here –  https://pkcvolunteers.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/macrosty-park-evening-volunteer-sessions/

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MacRosty Park Evening Volunteer Sessions

Volunteers make a massive contribution to keeping the park looking fantastic all year round.

Occasionally people mention to us that they’d like to get more involved in the park but they are unable to due to other commitments.

Therefore during May 2017 we are going to trial running evening volunteer sessions in the park. These sessions will last for two hours, which doesn’t sound like much, but a huge amount can be achieved in two hours.

We recently ran a path task in Comrie that lasted two hours,  within that time we improved a 200m section of path, details of this task are here.

The dates and times are shown below, please let Richard know if you are able to come along.  Email: RArmstrong@pkc.gov.uk or call / text: 07795978335.

MacRosty Evening Planting JPEG

 

On the Right Path

A huge thank you to the volunteers who came out to help Comrie Millennium Footpath Association and Perth & Kinross Council to improve a well-used path near Comrie Primary School.

We had scheduled two dates in the past to try and get this task done, on the first attempt the weather was appalling and even though people turned up, no one was particularly keen to get out of vehicles, a vote was taken, and it was decided to cancel.

On the second attempt the date clashed with an important rugby match and there was suddenly a lack of people available (Strathearn residents like their rugby).

CMFA Task May17As you can see from the photo it was well worth postponing the task as the weather was fantastic, not a cloud in the sky and the sun was bright.

Five volunteers and Greenspace Ranger Richard were present (one volunteer left before photo was taken).

A special thanks to work experience student Karl from Germany.  Karl is in Scotland for a few months to gain experience from different organisations.

On the day we spent two hours scraping vegetation from the path surface to widen it and contribute towards preventing it becoming overgrown during the summer.

The next Strathearn Path Task will be on Saturday 20th of May, full details here

 

Knock Of Crieff Tree Planting Underway

In Crieff the Green Routes to Wellbeing group (GRTW) have recently received a tree pack from the Woodland Trust.

The tree pack consists of 105 trees, a mix of crab apple, downy birch, rowan, hazel, holly and willow.

GRTW will be working with Perth & Kinross Council Community Greenspace and other volunteers to get all of these trees planted on the Knock in Crieff.

Work started on the afternoon of 16th March with GRTW, working with Greenspace Ranger Richard, planting some of these trees.

Future planting dates will be promoted soon.

 

Thanks for your Feedback

Thank you very much to everyone who completed our online survey last year.

We received some great feedback that we’ll try to incorporate as much as possible.We’d like to use this blog post to summarise how we are going to try and do this.

To see the full results please click here – conservation-volunteer-survey-results-jan2017

Car sharing

We are going to promote the car sharing facility more during 2017 and make better use of this blog page.

Task people didn’t enjoy

Strenuous tasks

When we are running a task that we think some people will find strenuous we’ll also try and include something else which will be less strenuous.

With paths groups for example, if we were running a ditch digging task which is strenuous we would provide another tasks which is less strenuous for example pruning. This isn’t always feasible to do, but the majority of the time it is.

Aquatic

It would be unusual for us to have more than two aquatic tasks each year, when we do have an aquatic task we’ll try and provide work that can be carried out at the same time which wouldn’t involve volunteers going into the water.

Beech pulling

 It was mentioned that beech pulling repetitive, this is an essential tasks that needs done as part of our management plans. Beech are regarded as invasive in Scotland and as such are removed from woodlands in many areas http://www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/taynish/management/repelling-the-aliens/.

What can we do to make it easier for you to volunteer?

We got a great response to this; and there were a few suggestions that came up more than once. To see full results please see here.

In 2017 we are going to try and run tasks during the last week of every month and alternate between Saturdays and a weekday. At the moment the suggested weekday is Tuesdays.

Unfortunately it isn’t possible to run tasks solely on Saturdays as it would interfere with staff workloads and other duties.

We are going to produce two, six month schedules to provide more notice of what’s coming up and we’ll ensure our calendar is always up to date.

We are hoping to have a more tree planting tasks during 2017, details aren’t confirmed yet but Conservation Volunteers will have an invite to a tree planting day involving Green Routes to Wellbeing in Crieff, please see here .

Independently run groups

We were keen to find out if there was an appetite for tasks  being run by individual volunteers / groups rather than always rangers. We got some useful replies to this and its something we’d like to  move forward with but we’ll need more discussion within the team to make this possible.

Once again we’d like to thank all that took part in the feedback survey.

 

Conservation Volunteers

The end of 2016 is almost here and what a year it’s been for our wonderful Conservation Volunteers.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of volunteers, our environment has improved, through carrying out numerous woodland management tasks and habitat improvements  throughout Perth and Kinross.

We’re now starting to put together a schedule of conservation volunteer tasks for next year.

To help us do this we’d love to get some feedback from conservation volunteers.

Even if you haven’t been able to attend any of our tasks this year, we’d still love to hear from you.

The survey is online at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3158424/Conservation-volunteer-feedback-survey-2016 .

We’d appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to complete this before the 11th of December.

Many Thanks

Richard

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#Glorious #GRTW #Greenflag

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Green Routes to Wellbeing group had a glorious afternoon volunteering in Crieff’s MacRosty Park on Thursday.

Now that most plants are no longer in flower it was a perfect opportunity to do some pruning and edging and of course removing a few weeds here and there.

 

If you’ve never been to MacRosty Park before you can find out more about it here – http://www.pkc.gov.uk/macrostypark

We are hugely grateful to all the volunteers who help us all year round to keep this park brilliant.