October 2019 Funding Alert

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Welcome to the October edition of the Funding Alert. Please click the link above to download the Alert in PDF format.

Pumpkin pigOf particular note this month are:

Only a couple of months left until the Community Investment Fund’s Deadline.


The Community Planning Partnership has a Facebook page!

Like Perth & Kinross Community Planning Partnership on Facebook to keep up to date with the work of the partnership.

Community Asset Transfer Information Event 2nd February

Lynn Molleson from COSS has organised an event for community groups called ‘Community Ownership: Asset for People and Place’ on Saturday 2nd February in The Salutation Hotel, Perth.  This event is for all community groups in Perth & Kinross, Tayside and Angus, so places will be limited.

Description of the event:

What is Community Asset Transfer?

Is there publicly owned land and buildings in your community that you think the community could make better use of? Want to find out about new opportunities in recent Scottish legislation that could help you?

Learn about the powers that communities have to take ownership, lease or manage land and buildings: What assets can be transferred into community ownership and how do you go about it? What are your legal rights in Scottish law?

Please see link below to book a place for your community group:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-ownership-assets-for-people-and-place-tickets-51136511683

Winter Wildlife

Many people think of most wildlife slowing down for the winter or, in the case of some birds, flying to warmer climates. But, there is still plenty of wildlife to be seen – including some special winter visitors!

Red squirrels are still busy looking for food to store away for the winter months. They are frequently seen foraging on the forest floor or scrambling up the trunk of a pine tree. Your best chance of seeing them is to look in your local coniferous woodlands. Be aware of them running across the road though, as they don’t have very good road sense! Find out where they have been spotted recently on the Red Squirrels in Perth and Kinross Facebook page

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Red squirrel and a blue-tit at a feeder spotted by Ranger Calum. Do you know of any feeders near you?

One sound that is often associated with the arrival of the colder months is the calls from large flocks of geese flying overhead. You may see the large “V” formations as they pass by. Did you know that this “V” is a great example of teamwork? Each bird flying reduces the air and wind resistance for the bird behind, allowing them to fly further before getting tired – they also take it in turns to fly at the front!

If you are lucky, you may even have some new faces in your garden. One special winter visitor is the Waxwing. This bird flies over from Scandinavia to find food, sometimes in quite large numbers. Keep an eye out for them gathered in small-to-medium flocks in Rowan or Hawthorn Trees. There are plenty others to be found; including goldfinches, long-tailed tits, blackbirds, woodpeckers and more.

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The acrobatic long-tailed tits are great fun to watch – look for them in hedgerows, bushes and low trees

What wildlife have you seen in your area? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Funding Alert November 2018

November 2018 Funding Alert

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Welcome to the November edition of the Funding Alert. Please click the link above to download the Alert in PDF format.

Of particular note are:

  • The Perth, Auchterarder and Crieff Common Good Funds are accepting applications until 20 December 2018.
  • The Community Investment Fund is accepting applications until 15 February 2019.

The Community Planning Partnership has a Facebook page!

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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!”

 

 

Knock of Crieff Management Plan Walk and Talk

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This management plan will be looking at the infrastructure across the site and how we can improve it for the local community.

We will also integrate the Forest Plan within the new Management Plan.  Interested parties were invited directly and the walk was advertised in the local area.

The walk and talk was a success with several groups group 1represented and able to give their opinions and comments on the draft proposals which are now being fed in to create a second draft which will go to wider online consultation in the coming weeks.

We talked about items such as proposals for improving the two car parks, inclusion of an all abilities path, improving the views from the summit of the knock and providing some more informal seating around the site.

Thank you to those who came along to our walk and talk your input has been invaluable!

 

 

 

Consultation on the Knock Management Plan 2018 – 2023

untitledWe have been working hard on our plan to improve the Knock have come up with a Draft Management plans and we want your opinions! We need your help to make the Knock the place the community wants it to be.

To assist with this we will be hosting a walk and talk session on the 12th of February from 13:00 until 14:30 meeting at the upper car park (see map below) of the Knock. We will also be holding a drop in session at Strathearn Community Campus from 15:30- 17:30 on the 12th of February.

This is your opportunity to have your say!

For more information, please contact the Greenspace Ranger – Alan Dorman – through the contact us page.

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Autumn Tree Ident Part 1

My name is Michael and I am a horticultural trainee at Perth and Kinross Council and I attend college once a week where we get plant/tree idents every week. I have been working on putting one together for you to try, so give it a go and the answers will be shown on Friday the 27th, best of luck!

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Natural Health Service – worth a read!

Please see the link below for a brilliant article that I found in the Guardian last weekend about the Natural Health Service.  The article focuses on groups in England. Did you know we have similar projects, led by our Greenspace Rangers, in our parks and open spaces? For more information on how you can get involved please contact us

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/02/natural-health-service-wildlife-volunteers-get-mental-health-boost