Larghan Park willow Project- Update

Community Greenspace Rangers Jeannie and Alistair recently organised some practical sessions to construct a living playare in Larghan park. Various volunteers have been out in all weathers cutting, weaving, shaping and planting to create this new feature in the park.

This task has been made possible due to the commitment from pride of place volunteers, wisecraft and Police Scotland Youth Volunteers who have been learning new skills while completing the task.

Over the next few months it is hoped that the newly planted Willow will flourish to create a unique playarea which can be added to in years to come.

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Butterybank and Coupar Angus Primary School

On 28th September Butterybank Community Woodland welcomed the pupils of Coupar Angus Primary School. Unlike regular class visits to the site, this visit was unique in that all the school pupils visited the woodland in just one day!

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The pupils of the primary school have an ongoing relationship with Butterybank, connecting with the site from its beginning by the planting of the first trees in 2013. The school has continued to build on this relationship using the community amenity  as a safe place for environmental learning, the promotion of local and global citizenship and as a local resource to connect with the curriculum for excellence.

Recently the site has been used to support the children as they work towards a John Muir Award. During the last 6 weeks, pupils have visited Butterybank with teachers, helpers and parents, to carry out diferent activities in P5 6 & 7 groups of mixed ages. The children have investigated the woodland from different angles – landscape, poetry, art, environment and minibeasts – before presenting their conclusions on display boards at school for sharing with all.

This relationship continued on Friday with the entire school visiting Butterybank to unveil an information panel that had been developed and designed by the pupils to further enhance the site and educate visitors.

Nikki Drew, headteacher of Coupar Angus Primary School commented…The Butterybank Woodland is an ideal community space to support outdoor education and the children have been very enthusiastic about all the visits and learning about sustainability and wildlife. We are so lucky to have great links and support from the local community, so a huge thankyou to the Butterybank team for their ongoing partnership working with us. Today has been another opportunity to bring local groups, children and parents together to learn about our environment and how we can protect it for everyone to enjoy for many years to come.

The panel containing information on biodiversity was unveiled by the Primary 7 school house captains as a completion of a year long project. The project started with a pupil visit to the woodland to learn more about the site and its historical connection to the town which was followed by class research as to what biodiversity is and why it is important. These findings led onto a school house competition with each house submitting design ideas and drawings for the new panel. Iain Bentley, one of the panel judges commented that “. He continues to be amazed by the children’s powers of observation, curiosity, initiative and teamwork, encouraged by their equally enthusiastic staff. The new information panel they have designed is a tribute to their commitment and is their gift to the community. Visitors will enjoy walking round Butterybank, challenged by the panel. Today is party time and a fun celebration for them and it’s been a privilege for Rona McKinnon and I to have been involved throughout’.

Iain also expressed his thanks to the funders who supported this idea, Tesco Bags of Help Grant scheme, PKC and the people who voted for the project in a PKC Participatory Budget funding scheme.

The day event was also used to launch a Butterybank promotional leaflet and woodland activity booklet which it is hoped will encourage the community, of all ages, to engage further with this new civic amenity. The leaflet and activity book can be collected from Coupar Angus Town Hall and other local collection points.

BUTTERYBANK COMMUNITY WOODLAND AWARD 2017

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As a result of a visit from Scotland’s Finest Woods in May, judges have recognised the development of Butterybank Community Woodland.  Forward Coupar Angus supports the development of the woodland which was launched in December 2015 and since then about 800 trees have been planted by the Coupar Angus community. Butterybank facilities have been recently upgraded by the installation of an information panel, bench and picnic tables, courtesy of grant support from Perth & Kinross Council and Tesco. The woodland has been planted with a variety of species including oak rowan birch hazel hawthorn holly dogwood western hemlock and spruce. Several memorial trees have also been recently planted.

Butterybank was awarded a Commendation Plaque and Certificate in the Small Woodland Category competition run by Scotland’s Finest Woods. Project Convener Iain Bentley and volunteer Rona McKinnon were presented with the award by Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy. The event was held in the Scottish Government Pavilion at the Royal Highland Show and was supported by the Forestry Commission.

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Judges Penny Cousins and Douglas Wirrall commented ‘We enjoyed the opportunity to visit a woodland in the early stage of establishment and would very much like to re-visit the site in a few years’ time to see how it has progressed. The Butterybank Community Woodland group are to be commended on their vision and perseverance in bringing into being a completely new woodland on the edge of town that has the potential to provide a greatly valued and much used resource for the local community. The concept is inspirational and has been driven forward by a strong and committed leadership team’

A Butterybank spokesperson commented ‘This unexpected and prestigious award is particularly encouraging for the group who have led the community project, especially since it comes from without the town and from woodland specialists. The feedback from the judges was very constructive in helping us plan ahead towards a sustainable management plan. We look forward to installing the cherry wood plaque in the woodland soon’.

Iain Bentley and Rona McKinnon are shown pictured with the awards in the pavilion after the award ceremony and also on Butterybank along with volunteer Bill Ronald.

 

August in the Coupar Angus Community Gardens

Its been a spectacular summer here in Coupar Angus and as a community garden we have been super busy and super abundant!

And while we know how important the gardens are as a supply of food and local produce – we are also keenly aware of the people behind the project!

The gardens are here entirely due to the community efforts, enthusiasm and hard work of the many people who give their time and hard work to make them such a wonderful place! WELL DONE!

Below are some photos from this months fun – skillshares in dying wool with natural plants, pizzas in the cob oven and potato harvests to be proud of!

We are always looking for new faces to join us – please get in contact if you are interested in helping and learning down at the gardens – we hope to see you there! Call Sharon on 07833938536 if you are interested in joining us.

What’s on in September

9th September 3pm – 8pm  Community Action Picnic in the town hall – lots of community groups represented – find out whats happening in Coupar Angus!

16th September 3pm in the community gardens on Caddam Road Free Bread Baking Demonstration with expert bread baker Susan Stark

17th September Community Market in the town square with free tastings of local seasonal food

29th September 3pm – 5pm Free Seed Saving Workshop in the Community Gardens

July in the Coupar Angus Community Gardens

by Sharon

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What does summer mean to you?

As a gardener it can mean months of abundant harvest, fantastic food, vibrant wildlife and occasionally deep frustration…….. Why can I never grow a good aubergine!!!

As a community garden we are feeling especially blessed!  Have you paid us a visit recently?

Our poly-tunnel is spectacular, our veg delicious and our events always busy… we have lots going on!   Coming up in August we have several Skillshares, a ‘Gardeners and Growers’ coffee morning, a free kids art party and our fantastic Wednesday volunteer nights, come along, garden, get involved… all are invited!

Our community gardens have been partly funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and we at the gardens are committed to working with the people of Coupar Angus to understand what climate change is, how it is affecting us and how we can meet these changes together as a community.

Talk to us if you have ideas of how we can jointly achieve this, join us as we work towards this common goal.

August Skillshares:

Introduction to Permaculture Sat 13 August 10am – 1pm, Nether Larghan, Coupar Angus

Growers, Gardeners and Cooks Gathering!   A coffee morning to discuss developing a world gardening, growing and cooking group! Tues 16 Aug 10am – 12noon at the Y on Union St

Learning to Dye Wool with Plants   Fri 26 August 5pm – 7pm Caddam Rd Comm Garden

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June in the Coupar Angus Community Gardens

June has been a huge month for growing and other activities down in the gardens – We’ve had some very busy Wednesday night volunteer sessions, started our Sunday nights “bring and shares” and have hosted several skill-shares in the gardens, with new people coming to learn bush-craft, painting and soon to come – making things with pallets!

All Skill-shares offered for FREE of charge!

As schools break up next week – we also hope to see plenty of kids and families down at the gardens and have lots of events where they are invited to join! Not least our family fun art day on the 13th August – where we will have a fun, messy, arty, outdoorsy afternoon planned with local artists Cat and Wayne.

But the cream on the cake this month, has to have been our new community shop, which has opened at number 2 High Street, (the old Meg’s Cafe).  This shop is a wonderful outlet for our excess garden produce and a brilliant place to find local, seasonal veg at a low price, while also show casing some wonderful artwork for local crafts people.   We hope to see you there!

We welcome all people of Coupar Angus into the community gardens – they are a lovely place to stop for a rest when out walking, exploring or adventuring with the children and we believe they are a vital part of Coupar Angus’s commitment to a lower carbon future and food independence in our region.

Come and Join us on Saturday 13th August for some FREE Family Art Fun at the Caddam Road, Community Garden with local artists Cat and Wayne. We will be painting a large colourful “Save the Planet” mural for the garden site, creating some eco banners/flags, painting some slate pictures to take home and generally having some messy eco themed fun. Children should be accompanied by parents or guardians and come in messy, “doesn’t matter if they get dirty clothes”.  Event starts at 1pm till 4pm.  To book please text 07833938536

Dates for you diary at the Caddam Road Community Garden.

The next free Skill-Share event will be “Pallets, Making & Breaking” Thursday 14th July 3pm – 5pm

Free Skill-Share event “Spindle Spinning” Thursday 28th July 3pm – 5pm

Free Skill-Share event “Learning to Dye Wool with Plants” Friday 26th August 5pm – 7pm

Free Skill-Share event “Introduction to Permaculture” Saturday 13th August 10am – 1pm, (Nether Larghan, Coupar Angus)

JOIN US FOR “Bring and Share Sundays” 3pm – 7pm Sunday 31st July

For more information contact Sharon on 07833938536

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EVENT: 28th May, Cob Oven – Forward Coupar Angus

Have you been along to volunteer your time or experience at the Coupar Angus Community Garden on Caddam Road yet?

Well, if you like pizza or even a bit of home-baking then this might just be the place to be!

Forward Coupar Angus are having an oven-building day on Saturday the 28th May from 1 till 4 pm.  The group began building the oven during a course last year and aim to have it completed on the 28th.

The cob oven is an outdoor baking oven, built traditionally using clay, sawdust, sand and pallets – very eco!

The oven is heated by lighting a fire inside, which then warms up the thick wall, and the clay wall retains the heat for hours after the fire is pulled out – yes, pulled out! As well as the oven being able to bake bread, pizzas, potatoes etc. it will form part of the outdoor classroom area which is being established in the community space of the garden.

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