Bridge Replacement Programme

Our infrastructure squad have had a very busy few months building some of our bridges located throughout Perthshire. The squad are often out in our rural areas with some beautiful scenery, hard at work to get the bridges ready for other members of the public to enjoy and link walks in the villages around Perthshire.

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Blairgowrie & Rattray Access Network

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.

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MaCrosty Park Lade

On the 6th of September I was set on a journey through to MaCrosty Park in Crieff to help out Alan with the Green Routes to wellbeing. Unfortunately due to the poor weather Green Routes had to be called off.

Despite the weather Alan and I decided to soldier on and started to work on this over grown lade. Although the lade had started to look like more of a jungle than a lade we managed to get quite a lot of work done and managed to get the lade water back to a good flow.


Although the weather was quite miserable I really enjoyed the day.

BRAN – work party update

The Cateran Yomp will be held next month and a couple of sections of the trail had been identified by Bob Ellis as requiring attention so this week BRAN organised the first of two working groups that would be required to fix the issues.


Equipped with strimmer, loppers, bow saws and spades, seven volunteers assembled at Woodhill across the river from Ballintuim on Friday the 12th. Working west along the Cateran Trail for several hundred meters the group cut back side and overhead growth and undertook ditching work, improving flow in existing ditches and cutting a new cross ditch. Stones were also laid across the path in a couple of poorly drained places.

BRAN would like to express its thanks to James Donald who cut the path from West Gormack Farm to the old bothy during the week.


This group photo, taken on the 12th, shows from the LHS:  Helen and David Stanghon, Roger Mackey, Cyril Reid, Bob Ellis and Ian Cruickshank.

Anyone interested in joining the BRAN volunteers should contact the secretary, Ian Richards., 07787 317022 or 01250 871122.