Kids Week in Crieff at MacRosty!

Angela is our guest blog today, she is one the incredibly hard working team that plan and deliver Kids Week in Crieff(KWIC). KWIC is a fantastic range of activities across Crieff for young people providing opportunities for new experiences for all of those involved.

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Fairies from the trail having a disagreement!

“That’s Kids’ Week In Crieff (KWIC) 2018 Summer week-long event over for another year.  It exceeded our expectations once again.  This was our third year and the event is growing in popularity and in size.  It’s just amazing to have been on the inside to see how it’s all evolved. We feel very proud of what has been achieved. It’s great to see everyone coming together in our town and to have so many new faces in attendance from further afield.

This year we had 4 generations of one family spend gala day with us; such a lovely sight. It confirms that KWIC is not just for kids but for everyone. We aim events to include kids from birth to 18 years, however where possible all event are intended to be family friendly, intergenerational and all inclusive.

Our MASH UP IN MacROSTY event is a perfect example. We are so lucky to have MacRosty Park as a venue, it is just outstanding and beautiful park. No matter the season there is always something new to engage with and blow away the cobwebs. We have had amazing feed back from some of the locals at the park saying that the adore Kids’ Week because the whole place comes alive with a buzz of excitement and the sound of families enjoying their time together.

We love to work with members of the community and with as many local groups and organisations as we can. Alan our Greenspace Ranger held both a Lade dippings ession and also an additional event where families volunteered to be lead by Alan in an eco task within the park. Alan gave us advice and support when ever it was needed.

Our Fairy Trail has now become a bit of a tradition, albeit just 3 years. The fairy trail is always well received. It is in Morgans Wood- the section of woodland over the wooden footbridges of the park. This year we added to the trail in a number of ways , most notably by putting up Peter Rabbit figures that were painted by Christine who is now on our committee.

Rob at the Pavilion Cafe (MacRosty Park) helped us where ever he possibly could. Even going as far as to fund raise for KWIC by erecting an assault course for various age groups of kids and adults. It was brilliant!

Without the support and generosity of Gourlays.Co, Johnston Media, Crieff BID, Strathearn Community Campus, The Pavilion Cafe, Artspace and Remake to name just a few. We just couldnt pull our fabulous week off.

We had a spot of everything during the week, storytelling yoga, an assault course, a sing-along cinema, archaeology fun, running club sessions, themed family roller disco, a family ceilidh and of course the KWIC Fairy and Peter Rabbit Trail.  We had nearly 50 events for you to choose from.

We’d like to thank all those who attended and for the continued support. Thanks to EVERYONE that helped to make KWIC 2018 what is was.  If you were with us at KWIC send us your favourite pics of the week on our Facebook page!”

 

 

Provost Walk Grand Opening Phase 2

MVIMG_20180818_141154Auchterarder Sports and Recreation held an event a Primrose Park recently which celebrated their hard work and efforts in fundraising and creating phase 2 of the Provost Walk footpath. To date the path has had  £595,000 with in excess of £500,000 pounds needed to upgrade phase 3 – the most ambitious phase yet.

There was a very good turn out with support from lots of different organisations providing different experiences and showing how they supported the project in different ways from Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust  who supported the group in fundraising and delivery, to funders such as Sustrans, local councillors and also the contractor who delivered the works . There were some fantastic bikes t supported those with support needs as well electric bikes. The electric bikes are free to hire for Auchterarder residents at Synergy Cycles in the town which is a great resource for a local community to have.

Julia and Jane who are co-chairs of the group deservedly opened this phase of the path as it has taken a huge amount of their time and effort for it to come to fruition.

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It is great to see communities being celebrated for their hard work and here is looking forward to the completion of Phase 3!

 

Volunteer Nominated for Path Group Volunteer of the Year!

IMG_20170930_132318_resized_20171003_043706419We have some great news.

One of the volunteers we support has been nominated as Paths for All Path Group Volunteer of the Year.

David is a member of the Crieff Community Trust Path Group and also regular out with our Crieff Green Routes Group

David said:

“I just love being outdoors with nature – and seeing how I’m helping to breathe life back into the land and paths in the local area just spurs me on.  Five years ago, I retired from the Forestry Commission and moved to Crieff.  I’m really chuffed to be nominated for the award and as a ‘newbie’ up here, I really feel as though I have been accepted. When I moved to Crieff the newly formed path group were looking for volunteers and I hoped that with my forestry background spanning some years, I might be of some use.”

Dave is so valuable in the volunteering he does in the Crieff area and we are thrilled that Dave has been nominated for this award. Good luck!

 

 

Auchterarder Sports and Recreation Path group- Johnny Mathis Walk Path Maintenance

20180704_112835 (2)The Auchterarder Path Group have been out again on a glorious sunny day.

The group were working on one of the town’s popular paths the Johnny Mathis Walk. They were clearing vegetation growing in and across one of the main drains, clearing two culverts on the walk of leaves and vegetation.

The group worked really hard in difficult conditions due to the heat and also a cleg or two! They managed to clear a huge pile of vegetation from the drain and it will certainly help when the wet weather comes round to make sure the path doesn’t flood.

Due to the heat we did curtail the task slightly – who would of thought in Scotland we would have to call a task early because it was too warm!

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Crieff High School Skills Group End of Year!

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It has come to the end of the year for the Crieff High School Skills Group.

They have learned a huge amount over the year and have came on hugely in their development.

From Himalayan Balsam and Bracken Bashing, to path maintenance and drainage(seen above) they have covered a huge amount of activities in their time.

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Here is how they feel the year has went:

“Before starting to go out with Alan, the Greenspace Ranger, we didn’t really take part in any physical activity in school.

In the beginning it was pretty hard work, especially learning about all the different tools but it has got easier and more enjoyable as the term went on.”

Jay said, “I really enjoy the freedom of going out. My favourite activity is bracken bashing because you get to use a slasher and you can really see the difference.”

James said,” I don’t enjoy school so going out is a great escape. My favourite thing to do is digging the ditches for the drainage because it’s fun and it’s great to see the water flowing once it’s clear.”

“We have learnt lots of skills throughout the time, from cleaning the tools correctly to make sure they fit to use, to recognising non-native species and weeds.

It is great to visit different places around Crieff too, we go to Lady Mary’s Walk, MacRosty Park and up the Knock so get to see different landscapes.”

The contribution of the group to their community has been invaluable and we have been really impressed with their progression over the year. We hope to maintain the group going in to the next school year and support more young people to learn new skills and developing the young workforce of the future.

 

 

Crieff High John Muir Award

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Knock of Crieff

Crieff High were recently out with Alan and Jeannie  participating in Conservation activities to achieve their John Muir Discovery award. Here is them describing their award.

12 young people from S4 Crieff High School took part in the John Muir Award and we did a variety of activates like team building, rock climbing and conservation work.

They provided the following statement to Alan for use on this Blog.

“On the first day we went up the Knock to complete team building exercises like walking with ski’s and bat and moth.

We also went orienteering up and around the knock. We then went to the bush craft area and had a campfire in the fire pit, we ate marshmallows and sausages.

On the Wednesday we went climbing and abseiling at Bennybeg which was very fun but it started to rain halfway through the day which made it very hard to abseil on the slippery rocks.

Thursday we went to Loch Monzievaird. We walked all the way around the Loch looking at different types of stuff like different types of trees and trees that beavers chewed on. We also looked at nature’s pallet.

On Friday we did Conservation work on the Knock and we took out beach trees from the ground because it is not a native tree and when it grows it will block out the sun and the native plants will not grow, we did the conservation in different places up the Knock.”

Year of Young People with Morrisons Academy!

We had some fantastic assistance from 50 S6 pupils  from Morrison’s Academy in Crieff recently. Originally the group were to be split across 4 sites including Lady Mary’s, MacRosty Park, The Knock and James Square with Crieff in Leaf.

Storm Hector, however, had other ideas! Due to the wind we had to curtail the day slightly and move everyone to MacRosty Park and James Square. The advantage of this was the group was able to go and tidy up and branches blown off trees from the storm within the park quickly.

The group focused on three separate areas within the park:

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Group one weeding up at the Comrie Road

Group 1 was helping to weed the border of the park adjacent to Comrie Road. They worked hard and got over half of it completed.

Group 2 were working on the flower beds down the steps to the bottom of the park and also the hard surfaces of the steps as well. Which look fantastic now after all their hard work.

Group 3 were finishing off some of the lade management that was required. They completed that task and hopefully that will keep the lade flowing without fault for the foreseeable future!

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The Lade after some work was carried out.

Group 4 were in James Square supporting Crieff in Leaf to manage some of the hard surfaces removing the weeds from there and also from the beds.

All of these activities had a huge benefit to the community and keep our greenspaces looking amazing.

A special thanks go out to the S6 pupils for their efforts in supporting their local community.