GR2W Perth

At Green Routes to Wellbeing Perth we have been up at St Mags hill working our socks off to battle back the wall of goarse and broom so that whoever has decided to walk to the summit can experience the best view available. Another advantage of doing this is that it gives other trees a chance to grow as when the quantity of broom and goarse is that bad it can dominate saplings putting them in the shade not giving them a chance to grow.

 

 

International Women’s Day 2019

Women make up 43% of the staff in Community Greenspace. We represent Greenspace Rangers, Nursery Managers, Chargehands, Coordinators, Project Officers, Team Leaders, Landscape Architects and Policy Officers.

Today we have been celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 by taking stock of how we feel about our roles in the team and what inspires us to do the jobs we do. We have reflected on…

 What International Women’s Day means to us:

A world platform which publicise the achievements and inequalities of women in the past and in today’s society

A  chance to highlight issues of concern to women and celebrate being a women.

Reflecting on being a mother to two amazing young women and how much my own mum and grandmother influenced me.

What it means to be a women working in this sector:

I have never considered it either an advantage or disadvantage, I enjoy working with male and female colleagues equally.

In the 40 years I have been in this sector I have witnessed a significant step forward in equality  for women.  Although there is still a long way to go before the scales are balanced.

I feel proud to be succeeding in this sector, I have faced sexism in previous roles, but not with PKC.  I truly feel that I am valued as a person and employee.

Which women inspire us (locally and global):

A local woman Janet Porter (nee Stephen) from New Alyth.  Single working mums is not a new thing this has been going on for a long time. This women went to work in Edinburgh in the late 1830’s this was the only way she could provide for her family. She was a pioneer of her time working closely with James Syme, Joseph Lister and Florence Nightingale and like so many women she is forgotten in the mist of time due to gender and class. (W E Henley wrote a poem about her ‘Nurse Old Style’)

I am always very impressed by people who work hard for their community as volunteers and have noticed that some people take on many roles and are good at them all. I can think of several people in my own community who have played a variety of really useful roles representing others and making the community better over long periods of time and continue to do so. I have noticed that it’s the busiest people who go the extra mile to help others and they are really impressive.

My mum.  A survivor, a champion and a brilliant role model.  My mum taught me not to be afraid to get muddy and that I should travel, explore and crucially enjoy my journey through life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Path Edging at MacRosty Park

Once the ground had defrosted in mid-February the Crieff Green Routes to Wellbeing group were able to start work on re-edging the paths around MacRosty Park. This turned out to be quite physical work. Using lawn-edgers we could cut the turf and soil back to where the new edge was to go, making sure to keep relatively neat lines. Using hoes, we could scrape the cut turf off the tarmac paths and sweep it into piles. The large amount of cut soil was then shovelled into wheel barrows, and many barrow loads were carted away. In places the grass had grown over the path by over half a foot on each side – meaning that once we had finished there was an addition foot of path to walk on! We are hoping to continue this good work over the next few weeks, targeting the areas where the paths have really been taken over.

If you have an interest in volunteering in MacRosty Park or with Community Greenspace please contact us at communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

GR2W Crieff

The Green Routes to Wellbeing group in Crieff have been doing a range of activities going from planting bulbs to reinstalling a core path sign. The first session of this year for the first part planting daffodil bulbs at the side of the lade then because we managed to race through all the bulbs we restored a tree cage.

The next week we found a sign that was looking a bit worse for wear as it was completely broken at the bottom so the group got to work using spades and a pinch bar to create a new hole for the sign then put the sign along with a mix of smaller stones, big stones and soil and packed it in with the pinch bar to make sure it was as solid as possible. With the job that they done I think its safe to say that sign isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. After this there was still some time left so we cleared a few ditches to make sure the water was not restricted by leaves whilst going through drains.

Recently a family of beavers have moved into a area at the Lady Marys walk so the task was to walk this path and to keep an eye out for any beaver damage. The day for this was perfect as the sun was in the sky and there wasn’t a cloud in sight combined with the great scenery you experience when you walk Lady Marys.

What to do in your garden in February & March

February & March divides the UK into potential spring down south, and still winter up north. Its tempting to try and get a head start on the season as the day lengthen but be patient! A warm spell can be followed by freezing weather or flood. Spend time removing dead growth and generally clipping back for the season.

As for what you should do for growing vegetables here’s what to do.

  • Chit seed potatoes as soon as you have them.
  • From mid February onwards sow tomato and cucumber seeds for greenhouse growing
  • Plant out garlic and shallots in light soils only
  • if you have light soil and live in a mild part of the UK, you can sow Broad beans, carrots, parsnips, early beetroot, salad onions, lettuces, radish, spinach and summer cabbages outside under cloches
  • Peas can be sown in old(but clean) guttering that has had drainage holes drilled in it
  • Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers

For Flowers

  • Buy new potting compost (peat free and organic) for this year’s sowing and growing. Last year’s product shouldn’t be used as it deteriorates over winter.
  • Spread the old stuff over the garden, or use it as top dressing on the lawn.
  • Start sowing hardy annual flower seeds in cleaned pots/trays under cover.
  • Choose plants that will attract beneficial insects into your organic garden.
  • Seed trays and pots should be clean; Potting compost should be fresh; Watering should be from below, and be clean tap water; Keep watering to a minimum; Seedlings must have plenty of light and ventilation, and not be too sown too thickly
  • If a frost is forecast, be sure to protect any tender plants.

 

 

WE ARE RECRUITING – Would you like to be a greenspace ranger?

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PKC are seeking two Greenspace Rangers to join the Community Greenspace Team.

Greenspace Ranger, Crieff. Permanent / Full Time (36hrs)

and

Greenspace Ranger, Perth. Permanent / Part Time (28.8hrs)

The Ranger role is to increase the use of greenspaces and countryside sites by the people of Perth and Kinross and our many visitors; encouraging people to spend more time in greenspaces enjoying the mental and physical benefits that this brings. Greenspace Rangers also support and promote a variety of opportunities for community involvement in the management of these sites.

Follow the links above for more information and to apply.

 

St Fillans Creative Play

Work is underway to build a new play area in St Fillans. Volunteers from the community have been very successful in raising funds for to make their dream of a creative play area a reality. They hope to have the work finished mid March and the park will be ready to use soon after then.

They have incorporated elements of the local history in the design, drawing on the factual and fictional myths of the area (e.g. Neish Island, eternal geese, the faerie stone and croc rocks, Dundurn Hill) to create an unique playpark which can inspire children to create their own legends and learn through play.

 

 

Shaky Bridge – tree

Update:  11th Feb 2019

The canopy of the tree that the Shaky Bridge goes through will be removed in its entirety in the coming week (11th Feb). Preliminary works were carried out last week, with the remainder of the canopy scheduled to be removed (weather permitting) from Tuesday.

The decision to remove the canopy from the tree has been openly discussed and has the approval of the local community (via community council and development trust) and both landowners.

The rational for the removal of the canopy is the extensive rot in the limbs and the base of the tree present a real risk that the tree will fail, causing significant damage to the shaky bridge. Community Greenspace are working with the community council to secure funding to retain the bridge *and its shaky character, for generations to come.

It is important to note that the works will take place without formally closing the bridge, however if the area is roped off, path users are asked to prevent from accessing the site until advised by our contractor that it is safe to do so (no more than a few minutes).

Please contact Perth and Kinross Council, Community Greenspace if you require further information.

communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

01738 475000

Evaluation Training

Not just a story

For Perth and Kinross Council

This workshop will take place over two half days

Learning outcomes

Do you need help evaluating your community project? If the answer is “Yes”  then why not come along to one of our FREE training sessions?

We would be delighted to invite you to take part in some free training to support the process of evaluating your community project. On this training you will learn to develop ways to gather evidence and evaluate a funded project. This, in turn, will enable you to clearly demonstrate the positive impact your group has on people’s life experiences. This kind of evaluation process can lead to improved collection of evidence to support future funding applications.

Evaluation Support Scotland will be running two free workshops over 2 half-days at:

Mid-Atholl Hall, Ballinluig on Monday 18th Feb and 4th March from 1-4pm. Attendance at both sessions will be essential.

OR

Bankfoot Church Centre on Monday 25th Feb and 11th March from 1-4pm. Attendance at both sessions will be essential.

This workshop will focus on 4 key areas of evaluation:

  • Review how you currently hear, record and use people’s experiences
  • Use simple methods to collect and record and analyse people’s experiences
  • Understand the difference between experiences and case studies
  • Explain why and how peoples’ experiences and more qualitative feedback can be used in monitoring & evaluation

See programme for more detail. Not just a story2 programme

As spaces on the workshops are limited to 14, this training is being run on a first come first served basis. If you would like to book a FREE space on this training, please email us on DunkeldComlearn@pkc.gov.uk