Train Station Garden

On the 4th September I was shown a hidden gem that is the Perth station garden.

This garden is beautiful and full of life. What I got up to when I was there was exploring the garden for any type of insect that was living there. We searched high and low tallying off each bug we found in forty five minutes.

We split the garden into three sections, we had a section for things we found on plants, a section for things we found on man-made objects and a section for things we found on the ground and it was fifteen minutes per section.

We had a list of six special species of which we managed to find three! The ones we discovered were the two spotted lady bug, the leopard slug and the shield bug.

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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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Update from ‘The Field’ Dunkeld

Despite extremes of weather from cold and windy to wonderfully warm and sunny within a week, we have made good progress on planting our summer and autumn crops. The tatties went in a few weeks ago but no sign yet of any growth. Thousands of onions have been planted and are growing well, but need a little love and attention to keep them growing through the fabric which is covering them to prevent weeds from spreading. Leeks are doing well in the polytunnel and will be planted out soon. Spinach, beans, peas are all being planted out and the Kitchen Garden is looking good with garlic coming on strongly.

DunkeldShedThe asparagus plot we planted last year for cultivation from 2017/2018 does not seem to be doing very well but we will keep an eye on it.

All this would not have been achieved without the sterling work carried out by all our volunteers and if you are interested come along to the field any Thursday, Saturday or Sunday morning from 10am and join in.

In addition we intend to start selling again in mid July so will have teams of people harvesting, preparing crops for selling, taking down to the stalls on a Tuesday at Birnam Arts and on a Saturday at the Duchess Anne in Dunkeld. We will start organising this during June so if you are interested see contact information below.

Finally a date for your diary is our Annual Summerfest on Sunday 4th September at the field.

E-mail: dblandtrust@btinternet.com

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Resplendent Rodney Gardens

Here’s a little taster of the wonderful display of the sight that awaits you at Rodney Gardens, Perth. We think that the gardens are going to look pretty spectacular this summer!

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The great majority of the work in planting up the Heather Collection at Bellwood Riverside is due to the wonderful folk who volunteer there, who have been assisted on occasion by the Community Payback Team.

From our wee photo collection you can begin to get a glimpse of the vast amount of planting which was involved over the past few seasons.

The volunteers are now concentrating their collective energy on the herbaceous plantings at the more formal gardens and have an eye on nearby Norrie Miller Walk across the bridge.

We can’t wait to see it all come together!

In addition to the magnificent plantings, Rodney Gardens on the Dundee Road, has a lovely collection of artwork, plenty of greenspace to enjoy, lots of seating and great views across the river.

If you’d like to get involved in helping to bring life back into some tired greenspace in your area, please get in touch with us at communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk