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.
The Cateran Yomp passes along the Gallowbank on its way to the finish at Bogles Field, so wishing to ensure no final mishaps for the runners, BRAN decided to give the path a good makeover.
Roger Mackey had cut the grass during the week and on Friday 7th, eight volunteers assembled to carry our strimming, hedge trimming, lopping, hand shearing and any necessary litter picking. The entire length of the path was included from Newton Street to Dunkeld Road. The weather was kind and the job was completed by lunchtime.
As a bonus Wendy Mackey kindly provided refreshments before the volunteers dispersed.
Those taking part were Cyril Reid, Paul Lumley (his first outing with the group), Ian Cruickshank, Eric Grant, Roger Mackey, Alan Comrie. Kristin Barrett and Ian Richards.
The photograph shows most of the group after completing their work.
Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network (BRAN) continue to work in partnership to maintain and enhance the path network surrounding Blairgowrie and East Perthshire. Its been a busy summer for BRAN with tasks such as grass cutting, strimming and cutting back which all helps to keep the path network open and accessible.
BRAN members recently met on 16th November to litter pick at the Riverside between Keithbank Mill and Brooklin Mill. Many more projects are planned over the winter months including the creation of a viewpoint and path improvements at the top of the Knockie path.
BRAN are always looking for new members and should you wish to come along please contact Ian Richards secretary- firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Greenspace continues to work with local groups to help maintain and improve local sites, parks and footpath networks.
Over the past few months we have been working with Wisecraft to offer participants opportunities to gain confidence and learn new skills while working with the local Greenspace Ranger. Wisecraft is a Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, based in Blairgowrie. For over 11 years, Wisecraft has provided a safe environment for adults recovering from mental illness to rebuild their lives.
Recently the group were invited by local residents to help tidy up the historic graveyard which surrounds Hill Church in Blairgowrie. Over two sessions volunteers helped to cutback and load up branches, rake grass and carefully remove moss to expose covered headstones. This is something different for our keen volunteers who enjoyed working in such a historic place and learning about the history from local residents.
After Christmas Wisecraft will start their John Muir award working in Larghan park, Coupar Angus to help the community build a Willow playarea while learning skills in coppicing. For more information please contact Greenspace Ranger Alistair Macleod email@example.com
Below:- Some of the Wisecraft volunteers taking part in various tasks
Staff from Community Greenspace recently partnered with BRAN to help maintain and improve the steps on the popular River Ericht walk, near Blairgowrie.
Keen volunteers from BRAN were on site to help scrape back years of mud to expose the stone below. Quarry dust was then moved from Parkhead Farm to the work site and compacted to improve the surface.
Thanks also to Ian Cruickshank, who went for a walk along the path towards Rosemount farm armed with a pair of loppers cutting back any over hanging branches and finally not forgetting our other members Eric Grant, Keith Reid and his son Alistair who went litter picking from Kitty Swanson’s Bridge to Lochlands Farm.
Should you be interested in joining BRAN. Please contact Ian Richards group secretary Ian Richards on firstname.lastname@example.org
BRAN Volunteer’s Eric, Jan, Ally, Phil, and Hannah.
It’s been another busy week for Blairgowrie & Rattray Access Network (BRAN). The group have continued to make a difference to the core path network in the area.
Tasks completed include litter picking in Davie Park, along the river Ericht and the Knockie Path. This was completed by group member Kristin Barrett. Grass cutting has also taken place with Ally Donald busy as ever keeping the grass cut on Cargill’s Way, Loon Braes, Whitelock to Darroch Woods and on to Ardblair Rd.
BRAN’S Saturday work party tackled Riverside Park and Oakbank Road– grass cutting along verges and bits of land not maintained by the council, strimming where mowers couldn’t go, cutting back river bank saplings missed on the previous visit and litter picking the whole area.
Anyone interested in helping BRAN with its work should contact the secretary, Ian Richards. Ian_richards2007@yahoo.com 01250 871122 or 07787 317022
Ally Donald was again out with the mower during the week and BRAN fielded a team of 10 volunteers for the main work party on Friday 21st July. Despite it being only a month since the Cateran Yomp, part of the trail had become over grown and needed attention.
The path from East Gormack towards the old bothy required a lot of cutting back and strimming work. The path between the first and second kissing gates was completely cleared as were the gates further along but a second visit will be required to complete the work.
The team enjoyed fine weather and as always enjoyed good banter as well as working hard on the task in hand.
The photo shows from the left: Roger Mackey, Phil Seymour, Keith Reid, Bob Ellis, Ian Cruickshank, Jan Seymour, Ian Richards and Stuart Sutherland. Eric Grant was the photographer and Cyril Reid was hiding somewhere!
BRAN always welcomes new members be it on a one off or regular basis. Anyone interested should contact the secretary, Ian Richards. Ian_richards2007@yahoo.com. 01250 871122, 07787 317022.
The Greenspace Rangers recently managed to secure some external funding from SITA to observe wildlife movements around roadside gullypots. Carrying out a test run at the Roads & Countryside office in Blairgowrie, a surprising number of animals have been snapped!