Glen Tarken Loop with the St Fillans Path Group

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Group installing stepping stones

I got to visit the beautiful Loch Earn the other week to assist our St Fillans path group on the Glen Tarken Loop there are a couple of fords on the route and one of them is particularly challenging to cross at times.

The group decided they wanted to try and assist walkers using the path by creating an “option” of stepping stones that people could choose to use if they couldn’t get across any other way.

The task involved manoeuvring some boulders and getting them flat and stable with no movement at all, also ensuring that the river can still flow effectively. It is a little experimental and there is no guarantee the stones won’t just get washed away in the first storm but it is worth a try.

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View from Glen Tarken over Loch Earn

The group are going to keep an eye on the stones and monitor for movement and also make sure they aren’t too slippy. If they become to slippy we will remove them.

 

 

 

The Knock Promoted Path Maintenance

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Before cutting back

Crieff Community Trust Path group were hard at work again. This time on a section of the Knock Promoted Path running along the back of the golf course. The path had become severely overgrown with rhododendron and laurel over the years to where it was only passible in single file.

The group decided to take this on and improve it to make it easier for all access takers.

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Working away cutting back the rhododendron

 

 

They proceeded to hack away at the bushes to original path width leaving the cut material in habitat piles in the open areas next to the path. The next step will be to re-grade the path and take it back to its original width and put some additional path materials down to re-secure the path.

It was a great day and the group had a lot to show for their efforts!

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Finished Section of Path

Red Squirrel Awareness Week

Did you know that this week (24th-30th September) is Red Squirrel Awareness Week?

Perth and Kinross can be a great place for spotting these amazing creatures. From Kinnoull Hill in Perth to the Den o’ Alyth or the Black Spout Woods, many of our countryside sites are home to the Red Squirrel. Take a walk out in your local forest and you may be lucky enough to see one! Red squirrels tend to build their nests, or dreys, in tall coniferous trees, and are often seen scrambling up the trunks of trees.

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A Red Squirrel spotted near Aberfeldy by Greenspace Ranger Calum Bachell

Red squirrels are very busy during the autumn, making this time of year perfect for spotting them. Keep a look out on the forest floor as they collect berries, seeds, nuts and fungi to keep themselves fed through the winter months. Listen for the sound of the squirrels climbing up the trees, chewing on a pine cone, or shouting to another squirrel. You can also often tell if red squirrels are nearby by finding chewed pine cones scattered around the forest floor.

Unfortunately red squirrel sightings are becoming increasingly rare in some areas, with the spread of grey squirrels, but you can register your squirrel sightings with Saving Scottish Red Squirrels and follow local sightings and discussions on the Red Squirrels in Perth and Kinross Facebook page

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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