Volunteer event in Abernethy

Greenspace Volunteers around Abernethy are wanted to help make paths in the Rough Glen at Abernethy more accessible on Sat 17th June 2017.

If you can, come along for an hour or bring some lunch and stay all day.

Saturday 17th June 10am – 3pm.   Meet up opposite Nurse Peattie’s Garden.

Contact Ranger Susan Whyte for more info on 01738 475395 or SFWhyte@pkc.gov.uk



Blooming Inspirational!

I attended the official opening of two Bloom projects in Perthshire last week on behalf of Community Greenspace, and I felt these community efforts to be truly inspiring, I hope you do to!

The Keir Bridge project ( officially opened on Friday the 6th of May ) has transformed a dark area of woodland in to a welcoming area by the Keir Burn, whilst safeguarding and enhancing the natural beauty of the area.

A massive well done Sheila Shaw and Keith Lawrence in particular,  for their efforts in ensuring that the project was delivered so successfully.  Further plans are afoot to install Red Squirrel boxes, and we await the flourishing of wild flower areas.  It is very evident that this area will enjoyed by all generations to come.

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And then in the glorious sunshine, off to Abernethy in Bloom and the official opening of Nurse Peattie’s Garden ( 7th of May ).  Again a transformed area with so many special touches, commemorating the life of the local district Nurse, Elizabeth Peattie who served this Perthshire community from 1936 to 1963 and travelled on her trusty bicycle.  A real village effort with enchanting planting by a relatively new bloom group – led by Caroline Boyle and Ian Lamond.

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Four leaf clover and other hidden gems

Out and about yesterday checking some paths with Ian Montgomery, one of the Greenspace Rangers who cover the area from Perth over to Kingoodie and down to Kinross.

The idea is that we both walk paths which are relatively close to one another, checking whether the entire path is accessible, whether there are any physical obstructions and photographing suitable locations for finger posts and waymarkers.

Ian was off on a circular walk near Castle Law behind Abernethy, so I dropped him off, arranged to meet him in a couple of hours and set off for Powrie Park. I parked in behind the Tennis Courts, donned my wellies, checked that I had my water, camera, phones, map & pen and I was off!

Mine was a short walk down the side of Powrie Park out into the farmland, heading north at frst then zig-zagging around field edges until I reached a hidden gem of a place at the baks of the Earn by the old Carpow Pier.

Before turning around & heading back the way I’d came, I had a chat with a resident of one of the nearby cottages who informed me that the “shortcut” was well used by the good people of Abernethy, and that some folk bring a rod for a spot of fishing, while others come down simply to stand around enjoying the view from the old jetty.

I picked Ian up much sooner than I expected, out on the Glenfarg Road (best not ask how he got way out there, or why he was covered in mud all down the one side!). We compared notes and stories and set off for more of the same in the afternoon over at Forteviot. Here’s a couple of photos I took along the way.


For more information about paths including downloadable maps and leaflets, visit www.pkc.gov.uk/paths