Looking after Larghan Park Meadow

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Volunteers from Wisecraft in Blairgowrie recently helped give the Wildflower Meadow in Larghan park its Autumn makeover. The meadow is an important feature in the park, creating great habitat for pollinators throughout the summer months. 

Now Autumn is upon us the meadow is cut and raked to help spread the seed while the cuttings are lifted by keen volunteers. Lifting cuttings helps our wildflowers thrive by removing the nutrients from the soil.  

Its is hoped the work will contribute towards the John Muir Award which the group are currently completing.

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Tree Pits in Crieff

The Green Routes Group in Crieff was busy last Thursday creating some tree pits for a few of the trees along the lade-side in MacRosty Park. We were lucky enough to be joined by Graham from another department within the council, and Sebastienne from the NHS.

Tree pits are used for several purposes, and can be very small or vast in size – depending on the location and the size of the tree. In the case of these trees the pits were created to prevent grass from growing right up to the base of the tree. When cutting grass that is too close to the base of the tree there is a risk of damaging the tree with the cutting equipment.

To create these pits we needed to dig out the top 4-6 inches of soil from around the base of the trees. We then put down some mulch matting to prevent weeds from growing as readily, and filled in the rest with bark. Once finished the pits looked great, and should require very little maintenance each year, other than occasional top-up of bark.

November 2019 Funding Alert

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Of particular note this month are:
Deadline for the Community Investment Fund has been moved to 15th January 2020

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October 2019 Funding Alert

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Supporting P&K Ramblers in Guildtown

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Community Greenspace recently supported a project taken forward by the P&K Ramblers to reinstate and improve the Loanfolds core path in Guildtown. The task was to install two sleeper bridges, way markers plus cut and prepare the path ready for opening.

The group were supported by the supply of materials and practical help from the local greenspace ranger and apprentice.

Perth and Kinross Ramblers have agreed to adopt the path and maintain it going forward while working with the local community. The path links the village of Guildtown with the River Tay and Stormont path to old scone.

If you wish to become involved in your local path group please contact communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

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Path groups training in Crieff

On Tuesday 3rd September volunteers from several path groups across PKC came to Crieff to take part in some PKC-led strimmer, leaf blower and pedestrian flail training. We had members from path groups in Crieff, Auchterarder and Abernethy taking part, despite a downpour throughout!

Much of the work the paths groups undertake requires the use of these tools, and proper operation of them is essential for the safety of both the user and those around them, as well as preventing damage to the equipment.

If you or your path group would be interested in being trained up on the safe use of strimmers, leaf blowers or flails we hope to hold another session soon. To register you interest please contact communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

Youth Volunteers help Improve the Beatrix Potter Garden

The Beatrix Potter Garden in Birnam was recently given a makeover  thanks to police Scotland youth Volunteers.

The volunteer’s worked hard cutting back overgrown shrubs, ivy and removing self seeded trees which were taking over the shrub beds.  Bark was also spread round the garden and  by the end of the day a large pile cuttings was ready for uplift.

The garden is a popular spot with many statues dedicated to the character’s of Beatrix potter.

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Larghan Park Activity Sessions

 

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Over summer our Community Greenspace Rangers welcomed the dementia friendly activity group to Larghan Park, Coupar Angus. Following the success of the woodland activity sessions on Kinnoull Hill in Perth it was decided to trial moving the group to a new area.

Over the five week programme we explored the park, worked with willow, tried out bushcraft and designed our own park made out of natural materials. The sessions were a chance to meet new people, while exploring the outdoors and sharing stories over a cup of tea.

We a pleased to announce the activity sessions are on the move to their next location from 2nd October. The sessions will now take place at the enchanted forest site ,Faskally Wood, Pitlochry and a warm indoor site for the introduction and celebration weeks. If you wish to come along or require more information please contact Jeannie Grant on 01887 822425 or email jgrant@pkc.gov.uk

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John Muir Awards with GRTW Crieff

The Green Routes to Wellbeing in Crieff have done a fantastic job in achieving their John Muir Discovery Awards! 7 people within the group have earned the award through their voluntary activities in MacRosty Park and Lady Mary’s Walk with Calum, the Greenspace Ranger for Strathearn.

 

After discovering the different species that live in the area we have built bird and bat boxes to go up throughout the park. In addition to this we have planted and maintained several flowerbeds, which are regularly visited by bumblebees and butterflies! We also found a red squirrel using an old bird nest box, so it’s anyone’s guess what will make use of our new houses!

We have really enjoyed the nature-focussed activities involved in achieving the award. In the past we have done a lot of vegetation and path management, or maintaining/weeding/planting flower beds, with little context outside of keeping the park looking good. So, by tying in previous tasks with more of a focus on biodiversity and nature we’ve had a greater sense of achievement.

 

With a couple keen birders, an ex-forester and a former landscaper in the group, there has been considerable knowledge shared between us, and I think we all have a better understanding of our surrounding environment as a result. Going forward we will be doing some more nature-focussed tasks to tie in with our routine maintenance. As a group we have plans to create another wildflower area in the park and to promote the red squirrels in the area by building a squirrel feeder.

September 2019 Funding Alert

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Of particular note this month are:

Corra Foundation – #ShiftthePower Scotland Comic Relief Programme 

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