Pitlochry in Bloom

It is not often that a Ranger get invited to a Bloom AGM, but we snuck in under the Path group remit as they are the umbrella organisation.  What I hadn’t appreciated was that the Bloom Group is 25 years old, so we all got a bit of cake!

This group has achieved a lot over the 25 years but like all groups they need more volunteers and in their own words of their success and plea….

“Pitlochry in Bloom will be 25 years old this year.

I have been the Secretary of Pitlochry in Bloom for just over a year. I was quite new to the Committee and certainly had not realised what this Committee (The Bloomers) had done for the town over these years. They have worked tirelessly in Pitlochry since 1993, winning numerous awards and looking after the local environment, along with a band of volunteers and local groups including the Litter Pick Group and the Path Group. Were you aware of some of their work ?

Let me list some of them here for you.

  • The three stone signs at each of the entrances to the town welcoming you to Pitlochry;
  • The bed with the postman on his penny farthing beside the sorting office;
  • The bed with the whisky still in the middle opposite Aldour;
  • The fisherman in his boat just before the railway bridge;
  • The Victorian nanny with her pram at the other side of the railway bridge;
  • The stone loving seat opposite the scout hut;
  • The four large round metal
  • Containers at the War Memorial and the four metal benches depicting soldiers from the First World War;
  • The Victorian flower seller outside the RBS bank and the Porter at the station.

This is only some of the work Pitlochry in Bloom have done with fundraising and securing different grants. BUT they all have to be weeded, planted and repaired and this is down to a very dwindling band of our superb volunteers. 

The benefits the town receives are incalculable and I am sure you have all seen the tourists who come and take many photos and memories back home and describe Pitlochry as a beautiful, clean and welcoming town with its Summer Hanging Baskets and various floral displays and excellent path network.

The “Bloomers” urgently need some more local participation in order to continue. This is a very urgent appeal and without some new people stepping forward our survival is in doubt.

It would be tragic if this was to come to an end and all the flowers disappeared. 

Please get in touch with me if you are able to offer some of your time to help this very worthwhile Committee, either as a volunteer to help with gardening or bring new energy to our Committee.

katehowie@yahoo.co.uk”

Brickhall Community Garden – work starts in spring 2018

Bridge of Earn’s volunteer group Brig in Bloom has announced that their project ‘Bridging the Past’ enters its final phase this spring, with the creation of the new Brickhall Community Garden.

Brickhall Community Garden

The project – which celebrates the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology – has received generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Council’s Community Environment Challenge Fund, the Innogy Renewables UK’s Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Fund, Awards for All and TESCO Bags of Help.

Funding enabled Bridge of Earn residents and pupils from Dunbarney and Kilgraston Schools to share and record stories about the village’s farming heritage between the 1940s and1960s.

The final part of the project will create a garden which reflects the village’s history. As well as paths and seating, the garden design includes dry stone walling and traditional native plant species. A ‘listening post’ will provide recordings of residents’ memories and the sounds of days gone by. The garden will provide a haven for wildlife and offer everyone a tranquil place to relax.

Landscaping work will be undertaken by a contractor whilst volunteers will plant up the new garden with specially selected shrubs and plants. Work is expected to take place between April and June. It will culminate in a special opening event so that everyone who has taken part in the project – more than 100 so far – can celebrate their achievements.

Driving force behind the project is local community group Brig in Bloom, led by Avril Fulton, who said: ‘Brig in Bloom is very excited to the see their vision come to fruition. We thank everyone for their support. However, we are sad that local project champion George Smith has passed away recently. We intend that the garden will also be a fitting memorial for his contribution to our community.’ For more information please contact Avril Fulton a.f.fulton@icloud.com

Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy commented:

“Community groups such as Brig in Bloom contribute significantly to improving their local areas through volunteering and a desire to make a positive difference. My sympathies go out to George Smith’s family, friends and fellow volunteers – I am sure the Brickhall Community Garden will be a very fine reflection of his commitment to Bridge of Earn.”

Brig in Bloom strapline

Download the plans below:

C1616.001D Balmanno Community Garden

C1616.004 Brickhall Existing

Pitlochry Volunteer Celebration

Volunteers who have been involved in a wide variety of projects in and around Pitlochry received a public “thank you” at a celebration event on Thursday evening.

Organised by the Hipshire Network, a total of 28 individuals and 12 groups were recognised for their efforts around Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Killiecrankie, Ballinluig, Logierait, Struan, Kinloch Rannoch, Tummel Bridge and Trinafour.

A variety of organisations and community groups chose to pay tribute to their volunteers at the event, which follows on from a similar evening in the Aberfeldy area last November. Each nominee received a certificate of thanks, presented on the night by local musician Dave Amos.

Those honoured have been pivotal to the success of a variety of projects, such as Bloom Groups in Pitlochry and Kinloch Rannoch, Friends of Balhousie Care Home, Pitlochry and Rannoch Path Groups led by Community Greenspace, Soldiers of Killiecrankie, Christians Against Poverty, the Dawn to Dusk Festival, National Trust for Scotland, the Pitlochry High School Defib Group, Pitlochry Litter picking group, the Pavilion Users Group who lead fundraising for the Pitlochry Recreation Ground, and the Perth & Kinross Council-delivered Zero Waste Highland Perthshire project.

Lidia Dye of PKAVS Volunteering Hub, said: “This event was a real celebration of the fantastic work volunteers do in their local area and the difference they make to the community.

“People take part in volunteering for a variety of reasons and there really are opportunities out there for everyone, whatever their interests or abilities. Volunteering is incredibly rewarding in itself, but we still feel it’s important to say thank you for the dedication and hard work given by local people. We look forward to holding more events like this in other areas in the months to come.”

For information on voluntary opportunities near you contact PKAVS Volunteering Hub info@vaperthshire.org or search www.volunteerscotland.net