Green Routes to Wellbeing Round-up

It has been a little while since I have updated about the Green Routes group. There has been a wee bit of change within the group with our NHS support worker Grant leaving and the new support from Occupational Therapy Work Sheila.

The group are grateful that this support is continuing and that NHS recognise the importance of a group such as Green Routes. We have also had a couple of new members to the group and the return of a couple others which is great to see!

The group has also received some funding from the Soroptimists who raised the funds through the local community. The group would like to say thank you for this it will help them with money for clothing and equipment for carrying out their work. The group will be carrying out some maintenance on behalf of the Soroptimists in their raised bed in MacRosty Park.

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Weeding Beds around the Pavillion

The group have been very busy recently we have been carrying out a range of tasks such as weeding the beds around the pavilion in MacRosty, we decided to try and keep on top of the beds this year with some minimal maintenance to keep on top of them although a few of the beds will need some considerable work to bring them back to a good standard.

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Helping with the dome

 

They also helped to finish the main structure of the willow dome started by the school group.

Every second week we have been having a bit more of a laid back time and appreciating some of the wildlife around us as well as carrying out some small maintenance tasks this has included litter picking and drainage clearance down Lady Mary’s walk we managed to spot a range of different wildlife including: Common Sandpiper, Dippers, Pied Wagtail, Goosander and Red Squirrel!

 

 

Crieff Path Group on Lover’s Lane

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Clearing the drainage on Lover’s Lane

Crieff Path Group were out recently with a trusty core group turning up to carry out some work on the lovers lane path from the Glenturret Distillery to Comrie Road (a special thank you to the distillery for allowing us to use their staff car park for our task).

The group weren’t fazed by the freezing cold conditions or the level of labour that was required for the task and achieved a fantastic amount of work. Clearing all the drains (several of which were well overdue a bit of maintenance) and getting them flowing again.

The group also used the leaf blowers to clear the path of mud and leaves that had built up over the winter. There is still some work to be done to the path but it is much better than it was and definitely worth a visit!

If you are interested in volunteering for with the Crieff Path Group contact Richard Armstong by email richardarmstrong15283@gmail.com or contact Alan Dorman Greenspace Ranger 01738 475000

 

 

Consultation on the Knock Management Plan 2018 – 2023

untitledWe have been working hard on our plan to improve the Knock have come up with a Draft Management plans and we want your opinions! We need your help to make the Knock the place the community wants it to be.

To assist with this we will be hosting a walk and talk session on the 12th of February from 13:00 until 14:30 meeting at the upper car park (see map below) of the Knock. We will also be holding a drop in session at Strathearn Community Campus from 15:30- 17:30 on the 12th of February.

This is your opportunity to have your say!

For more information, please contact the Greenspace Ranger – Alan Dorman – through the contact us page.

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Path Maintenance at Bennybeg

This month the Crieff path group were out at Bennybeg, which is a circular all abilities route located in between Muthill and Crieff starting at the Bennybeg plant centre.

It was noticed that the vegetation on the edge of the path had started to creep in so the group wanted to make a start on remediating this and bringing the path back to its original standard.

The group were enthused and we managed 5 volunteers on the day this allowed the group to split in two and head in both directions, the group managed to get approximately 400m of path widened back to the original width which was fantastic for the size of group that we had.

Hopefully this work will ensure that the path remains an all abilities path for years to come.

The Crieff path group meet on the last Saturday of the month.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Crieff Path Group contact Richard Armstrong- richardarmstrong15283@gmail.com for more information.

 

Sawing Saplings with the School

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Pupil Removing one of the saplings

Every Tuesday a group come out from Crieff High School to help manage the woodland and park sites around the town. Whilst the group find the school environment a struggle they thrive in practical and outdoor activities. They are learning and developing skills that hopefully will assist them in getting in to training  and eventually a career in the future.

Recently the group were up the Knock carrying out some heathland management.  Using  loppers and saws the group were cutting any saplings or scrub that was developing within the heathland.

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Scleroderma citrinum Pers. – Common Earthball Found while working

 

The reason that we remove the saplings is because if we didn’t we would lose the heathland as it would turn in to woodland eventually. Heathland is a Biodiveristy Action plan priority habitat and supports a wide range of wildlife such as the earth ball seen in the picture to the left that the group discovered while carrying out the task.

 

By carrying out the brilliant work that the group do, they are learning about different habitats, the importance of those habitats and why sometimes we need to prevent natural succession to protect them  and also about the wildlife within those habitats. They are also assisting Community Greenspace achieve objectives and helping to keep the sites maintained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Mary’s Strimming and Clearing with Crieff Path Group

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Lady Mary’s Walk

Lady Mary’s Walk is one of the premier walks in Strathearn with stunning canopy of mix broadleaf trees and River Earn flowing alongside it is a truly picturesque site  within a few minutes walk of the town.

Recently the Crieff Path Group had a maintenance task down there as part of this task the group cleared out the drainage lets, cut back any branches encroaching on to the path and strimmed the vegetation that had fallen on to the path.

The group managed to have 6 volunteers out which helped enormously with this challenging task. We didn’t managed to get all of the drainage finished but we did spruce up the site making it easier for visitors to use without getting stung by nettles or whipped by lime tree branches.  Which going by the feedback from the huge amount of visitors that passed (144 unique path users in 3 hours) was warmly welcomed and appreciated.

The Crieff Path group meet once a month usually on the last Saturday of the month

If you would like to be involved in the Crieff path group please contact the group leader Richard Armstrong- richardarmstrong15283@gmail.com for more information.

John Muir Award at The Knock of Crieff

The Knock © Perthshire Picture AgencyI have recently had the opportunity to work with pupils from our local school who are working towards their John Muir Award 

The group have taken part in activities from kayaking, to rock climbing and they are now entering the conservation phase of their Award.

To aid this I took the group to the Knock in Crieff to carry out some bracken bashing and heathland management.   During the day the group learned that it was important to control the bracken on the Knock as it shrouds out new tree growth and also prevents ground flora.  On their second visit they learned about the heathland – a priority habitat for biodiversity as there is so little left in the United Kingdom.

Both days included ‘citizen science’ to measure the air quality of the site which was then fed in to a national recording scheme through the Open Air Laboratories (https://www.opalexplorenature.org/surveys).

If you have a group who are carrying out the John Muir Award and are looking for some support please contact your local Greenspace Ranger

River Earn Path Progress

 

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Section of Earn Path before Tidying up

The Crieff Community Trust Path group were out on the River Earn on Saturday.  The path connects Crieff to Muthill with a section of all abilities path, past that it is a lovely countryside walk that has just become a little overgrown so the group have decided to try and maintain it on an ad-hoc basis.

We had 3 brilliant volunteers (including an eager former ranger) on the day who carried out a lot of strimming work and also some pruning of vegetation too.

The task was a great success and we are looking to go back and carry out some more maintenance and little bit of waymarking to

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Section of Path after tidy up (and Dave)

enhance the River Earn trail where possible.

Please be aware there is some subsidence on this trail making certain sections difficult to pass.

If you are interested in the Crieff Path Group contact Richard Armstrong – richardarmstrong15283@gmail.com

6th Green Flag for MacRosty Park

 

We are delighted to announce that MacRosty Park in Crieff has been awarded a Green Flag for a 6th year!

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, has welcomed the announcement which saw 70 successful parks being celebrated as 2016 award winners

Ms Cunningham visited MacRosty Park in Crieff today (Thursday 21 July) to celebrate it receiving the award for the sixth year running. Members of the Friends of MacRosty Park, Green Routes to Wellbeing and Perth and Kinross Council were on hand to celebrate how their hard work has helped to shape and improve this significant local space.

Councillor Michael Williamson, vice-convener of the Environment Committee of Perth & Kinross Council, said:

We are delighted that MacRosty Park has been awarded its sixth Green Flag Award by Keep Scotland Beautiful. It is an important public space in the heart of Crieff, and has proved invaluable as a venue for events and educational activities for the local community. Quality green spaces such as this are an important natural resource and bring great enjoyment to residents and visitors alike.

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All parks are assessed by volunteer judges with a background in parks management, conservation or ecology. Applicants are judged against testing criteria which includes assessing whether the park or green space is welcoming, safe, well-maintained and secure.

I would like to add a personal thank you from me (Ros) to everyone who helps in the park, in particular in the build up to the green flag assessment and celebration.  We got muddy, got wet (and sunburned) and hopefully we had fun regardless.  This would not have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of the volunteers and the Friends of MacRosty Park (past and present) and we are all incredibly grateful for their commitment.

 

MacRosty Park Volunteer Plantings (III)

Our brilliant volunteer group “Green Routes to Wellbeing” were busy in MacRosty Park last week getting our summer bedding into the flower beds at the Pavilion Café.  We hope that you agree that the volunteers new t-shirts look top-notch and the flower beds look brighter and more beautiful than ever!

If you would like to get involved with volunteering in MacRosty Park, or you would like more information about Green Routes to Wellbeing please contact Richard Armstrong (Greenspace Ranger) here