Major Success for Perth at Britain in Bloom

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Local charity Beautiful Perth, which runs the ‘Perth in Bloom’ campaign in the Fair City, has brought home a clutch of major awards from the 2018 Britain in Bloom Awards ceremony, which was held in Belfast on Friday night (19 Oct). Perth won:

  • A Gold Medal
  • The trophy for the Best Large Town* in the UK (beating off stiff competition from 8 other locations**)
  • The Parks and Green Spaces Award for Riverside Park
  • An individual ‘Neighbourhood Champion’ Award for one of its volunteers, Tom Lowdon.

The evening was topped off with the announcement that Beautiful Perth is one of only 5 groups in the UK to be nominated for the much-coveted ‘Champion of Champions’ Award in 2019.

Beautiful Perth Chairman John Summers said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed by these fantastic successes. These Awards represent thoroughly well-deserved recognition for all the work done by our amazing volunteers and I couldn’t be more proud of them! And we share our success with our many other supporters – including Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Greenspace, Waste Services and Community Justice teams, staff at the Westbank nursery and the local residents, businesses and community groups who help us as supporters, suppliers, sponsors and partners in action. Our grateful thanks to them all. We are very honoured indeed to have been nominated for the Champion of Champions Award next year. This is the highest honour awarded by Britain in Bloom, but it also has the very highest judging standards. That means a lot of work for us, but we know we are up for the challenge.

 “I am delighted that Tom Lowdon has received a ‘Community Champion’ Award. Anyone who visits Riverside Park is likely to have seen him hard at work amongst the heather beds, the Compassionate Friends Garden, the sustainable planting beds in the Rodney Garden or the raised beds on Dundee Road. He works tirelessly for our cause and it is only right that he should receive this national recognition.”

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The RHS Britain in Bloom Awards reflect the work done by volunteers in villages, towns and cities right across the UK. Scotland did particularly well this year – of the 76 ‘bloom groups’ who entered in the 12 categories, five were from north of the border (Perth, Falkirk, Linlithgow, East Haven and Aberdeen). All five won Gold medals and four won their categories – Aberdeen was best city, East Haven best small coastal community, Falkirk topped the Town Centres & Business Districts category, Linlithgow was best Town and Perth Best Large Town*.

*The Britain in Bloom Award categories are set by population size, and Perth falls into the ‘Large Town’ category.

 **The other entrants in the Large Town category were Ballymena (Ulster), Beverley (Yorkshire), Bury St Edmunds (Anglia), Colwyn Bay (Wales), Congleton (North West), Oswestry (Heart of England), Penrith (Cumbria) and Royal Tunbridge Wells (South East)

 Full results from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom Awards 2018 can be found here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/britain-in-bloom

 

Water Safety Risk Assessment Training for CG Team

In the coming months the Greenspace Rangers will be risk assessing our Countryside Sites to ensure they comply with PKC Water Safety Policy.

On the 4th October we met in Scone Den to discuss the policy and assess the site as a group.  It was a beautiful autumnal day and we all enjoyed being out of the office learning a new skill.

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We also took the opportunity for a group photo – from left to right:  Ros, Joanna, Jenny, Alistair, Alan, Calum, Adam, Dave, Jeannie

 

 

Butterybank and Coupar Angus Primary School

On 28th September Butterybank Community Woodland welcomed the pupils of Coupar Angus Primary School. Unlike regular class visits to the site, this visit was unique in that all the school pupils visited the woodland in just one day!

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The pupils of the primary school have an ongoing relationship with Butterybank, connecting with the site from its beginning by the planting of the first trees in 2013. The school has continued to build on this relationship using the community amenity  as a safe place for environmental learning, the promotion of local and global citizenship and as a local resource to connect with the curriculum for excellence.

Recently the site has been used to support the children as they work towards a John Muir Award. During the last 6 weeks, pupils have visited Butterybank with teachers, helpers and parents, to carry out diferent activities in P5 6 & 7 groups of mixed ages. The children have investigated the woodland from different angles – landscape, poetry, art, environment and minibeasts – before presenting their conclusions on display boards at school for sharing with all.

This relationship continued on Friday with the entire school visiting Butterybank to unveil an information panel that had been developed and designed by the pupils to further enhance the site and educate visitors.

Nikki Drew, headteacher of Coupar Angus Primary School commented…The Butterybank Woodland is an ideal community space to support outdoor education and the children have been very enthusiastic about all the visits and learning about sustainability and wildlife. We are so lucky to have great links and support from the local community, so a huge thankyou to the Butterybank team for their ongoing partnership working with us. Today has been another opportunity to bring local groups, children and parents together to learn about our environment and how we can protect it for everyone to enjoy for many years to come.

The panel containing information on biodiversity was unveiled by the Primary 7 school house captains as a completion of a year long project. The project started with a pupil visit to the woodland to learn more about the site and its historical connection to the town which was followed by class research as to what biodiversity is and why it is important. These findings led onto a school house competition with each house submitting design ideas and drawings for the new panel. Iain Bentley, one of the panel judges commented that “. He continues to be amazed by the children’s powers of observation, curiosity, initiative and teamwork, encouraged by their equally enthusiastic staff. The new information panel they have designed is a tribute to their commitment and is their gift to the community. Visitors will enjoy walking round Butterybank, challenged by the panel. Today is party time and a fun celebration for them and it’s been a privilege for Rona McKinnon and I to have been involved throughout’.

Iain also expressed his thanks to the funders who supported this idea, Tesco Bags of Help Grant scheme, PKC and the people who voted for the project in a PKC Participatory Budget funding scheme.

The day event was also used to launch a Butterybank promotional leaflet and woodland activity booklet which it is hoped will encourage the community, of all ages, to engage further with this new civic amenity. The leaflet and activity book can be collected from Coupar Angus Town Hall and other local collection points.

Tayside Ponds Project – Volunteer days

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As part of the Tayside Ponds Project, we have three pond volunteer days and an amphibian-ladder making workshop programmed throughout September, October and November.

Ponds need regular management to keep on top of the growth of vegetation – most of them are gradually infilling with greater reedmace, soft rush and other fast-growing plants – so we need to prevent these encroaching on the areas of open water that amphibians use for breeding.

The amphibian-ladder making workshop will involve putting together ladders to go in gullypots, which can act as pitfall traps and end up drowning lots of wildlife.

The details are as follows:

    • September 29th – Perfect Ponds Day at Craighall pond near Blairgowrie
    • October 13th – Perfect Ponds Day at Elm Drive pond in Blairgowrie
    • November 3rd – Amphibian ladder making workshop and gullypot survey training day, Murthly village hall (and local sites)
    • November 18th – Perfect Ponds Day at Kinclaven Rd pond, Murthly

We will meet at 10am and finish by 3pm. Refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed lunch and wear warm clothes, wellies and waterproofs if you have them. We will have some waterproofs available for borrowing.

Please contact me for more details and to let me know if would like to come along so I know how many tools to bring.

We will also be planting native wildflowers to improve the habitat for a variety of wildlife.

More info will be on the Tayside Amphibian and Reptile Group Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TaysideAmphibiansReptileGroup/

Daniele Muir

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Community Greenspace Are Recruiting x2

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Community Infrastructure Officer (PKC04606)

£23,707 – £26,616
Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth PH1 5GD

The post will form integral part of the Infrastructure team. Working as part of a busy team you will be involved in a variety of tasks to help maintain our Greenspaces throughout Perth and Kinross. You will liaise with communities to encourage them to contribute to the maintenance of their greenspaces and help to balance work programmes with available resources. You will assist with the programming of internal squads and issuing work to external contractors.

You will have experience of working with the public and be able to prioritise workloads according to service demands. You will be proficient in using microsoft packages including outlook, excel and word and be willing to learn bespoke software.

For further information please contact Rob Bryce, Greenspace Coordinator, 01738 475230

When completing your application for this post, please ensure you provide contact details (preferably e-mail addresses) for two referees. One should be your current or most recent employer.

Please APPLY ONLINE. Online facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross.

If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

 

Infrastructure Operative Lead Hand (PKC04633)

£21,079 – £23,707
Westbank Depot, Jeanfield Road, Perth PH1 1PG

You will be a part of and help lead a small specialist team working from our Westbank Depot in Perth, delivering a specialist service to all our users, general works include Bridge Manufacturing & Repairs, Seat replacement & refurbishment, Bin replacement or repairs, Fence installation, gate installation & repairs, Hard & soft landscaping, Dyke construction & cement works, Painting, Cleaning structures, Installation of Signage, Play equipment manufacture, repairs & maintenance, Community Events, Installation of ornamental structures, Recording & Inspection of infrastructure within our Greenspaces throughout Perthshire and overseeing both staff and Modern Apprentices work to approved standards.

You will have a proven track record in Leading a small squad, ideally possess a full clean driving licence, a full understanding of Health and Safety in the workplace, a proven working knowledge in construction/maintenance tools and equipment, be computer literate in Microsoft Outlook, Word & Excel, be able to communicate effectively with others in the team, customers and members of the public, have a practical depth of working knowledge and craftsmanship in the construction industry, be able to demonstrate practical hands on experience in construction, maintenance and hard landscaping. Be able to work as part of a small team, contribute & communicate effectively to ensure best practice and use of time available, work in a safe manner to ensure public and colleague safety at all times, be able to demonstrate to others on best method and approach to work allocated to ensure tasks are completed in allocated timescales. There will be a practical test set as part of the interview process to demonstrate an understanding of the applicants general ability and working knowledge of the construction industry.

For further information about this position, please contact Paul Summers on 01738 474637.

Please APPLY ONLINE. Online facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross. If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

Beechgrove Garden comes to Perth! – Airing Thursday 14 June 7pm

The whole Beechgrove team are on the road to the Fair City of Perth.

Tune in on Thursday 14 June on BBC 2 Scotland at 7pm or Sunday 17 June on BBC 2 at 9.25am

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Invited by the ‘Beautiful Perth’ volunteers, Jim, Carole, George and Brian find out exactly how the city earns that title horticulturally as they visit some of the City’s best-kept gardens, including the unique and culturally diverse Moncrieffe Allotments that are situated on Moncrieffe Island in the middle of the Tay and only accessible by vehicles at low tide.

Jim, Carole, George and Brian then host a Beechgrove Gardener’s Question Time in the recently renovated Perth Theatre.

If you love gardening or just love Perth you will enjoy the show!

1. VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL: – National Volunteers’ Week. 1-7th June 2018

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.  It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

Here you’ll find inspiring volunteering stories, ways to get involved in the week, and free downloadable resources to help make your celebrations a success.

Here on our Greenspace Volunteer Blog we will be celebrating the diversity of our own volunteers throughout the week. Highlighting a different person or group each day.   If you would like to join in, please tag @perthandkinross #volunteers

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Volunteers’ Week themed days

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

All in a picture! Share your best volunteering pictures on Twitter and Instagram using #VolunteersWeek – the more diverse the better!

Monday 4 June

As well as tweeting about volunteering for all, we’ll also be saying happy birthday to the NHS – 70 this year!

Tuesday 5 June

We’ll be placing the spotlight on young volunteers.

Wednesday 6 June

Tweeting about all the ways volunteers get involved in sports and physical activity.

Volunteering for all

This year, Volunteers’ Week is about volunteering for all – celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways.

When thanking your volunteers this year, take a moment to remember each and every one of them. From trustees and campaigners to carers and fundraisers, this is a great time to think about the fantastic contribution all your volunteers make.

Map of Scotland’s Core Paths

Map of Scotland’s core paths

Scottish Natural Heritage has combined the core path plans that have been drawn up by all of Scotland’s local authorities and National Park authorities to produce an online map. The main local routes for recreation and travel, known as core paths, are usually signposted.  Not all are on land, and they include some rivers or canals that are used for canoeing. View the map and find out more

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