Environmental Art Sessions

As part of Kids Week in Crieff Celebrations, Community Greenspace Ranger, Richard arranged an environmental art activity for children in MacRosty Park.

The activity consisted of children using natural materials to make pictures of living things that they might find in the park. The materials they used were all from the park as well.

Here are some of their creations, can you figure out what they are?

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We are told that one of these creations is of a Pokemon???!

Can some please educate our Rangers and let them know what a Pokemon is? What is it’s usual habitat? Is it a protected species?? Do we have many in our parks?? Will do we know if we stand on one!? 

If you see a Pokemon in our Parks, please share your photos with @PerthandKinross #loveyourgreenspace 


MacRosty Park Volunteer Plantings (the story so far…)

I wanted to share some photographs of our wonderful volunteers in MacRosty Park who braved the torrential rain on Thursday 19th May to help Community Greenspace and the Friends of MacRosty Park gap-up the roadside beds and the Tea Garden.

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Don’t forget you can join us on Saturday 21st May, 10.30-2.30pm to further titivate the park… Volunteering Opportunity – MacRosty Park, 19 & 21 May 2016

Wild Fox

Posted by Monty, Greenspace Ranger

Being a Greenspace Ranger doesn’t mean that you meet with wildlife every day, but there’s always the off-chance that if you keep your senses aware and your eyes open, you might just get lucky.

Here’s a lovely dog-fox I caught on camera yesterday near Maryburgh, south of Kinross.

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As he came across the field towards me, I stood perfectly still. I happened to be downwind of him, with my back to the sun, so he wouldn’t have seen me standing there.  He came right across the field in front of me and after I’d taken a couple of photos, I made a deliberate noise to watch his reaction.  He stopped and sniffed the air, though I doubt he could smell anything unusual.  Nevertheless he turned and trotted unhurriedly back across the way he came.  As he passed under the fence at the other side I happened to notice another large fox, perhaps the vixen, too far now for my poor camera skills.

Saying that, I captured this lovely view of Loch Leven with Vane hill just right of centre, around about the same time yesterday.

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Looking towards Vane Hill


“Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness”

The words of poet John Keats were on message for this Wednesday, 28th, as four volunteers helped out (despite the mist and gentle rain) on Kinnoull Hill.

One volunteer was a PKCV regular, the other three were council staff who were able to take part because of the PKC’s corporate volunteering policy, leaving the comfort and warmth of their offices to guddle in undergrowth in the gentle rain.  They had been encouraged by the promotion of the task by Patrick, in honour of Make a Difference Month.

The tasks were to clear out weeds from fruit tree cages, clear whin / gorse from a viewpoint and remove a few invading beech seedlings.  Grass and tall plants like raspberries suppress the growth of the trees and are best removed. The gorse was cut back to re-open the view from a seat installed in the 1980s.   For an explanation of beech clearance, please see previous blogs.  As Heledd’s comment illustrates, sometimes it is the simple things that make it: “It was quite nice to do some sawing.”

It was rather beautiful among the autumn colours and everyone enjoyed themselves and we all had a good laugh.

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Ode To Autumn  

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;

To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,

Until they think warm days will never cease,

For Summer has o’er-brimmed their clammy cell.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?

Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find

Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,

Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;

Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,

Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook

Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;

And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep

Steady thy laden head across a brook;

Or by a cider-press, with patient look,

Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?

Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—

While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,

And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;

Then in a wailful choir, the small gnats mourn

Among the river sallows, borne aloft

Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;

And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;

Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft

The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,

And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

John Keats

Runner up in TayARG poetry competition

The Greenspace Rangers support a range of volunteer groups including TayARG (Tayside Amphibian & Reptile Group). We recently ran a poetry competition and have already published the winning poem.

Here is the runner up – Paparazzi Puddock – written by Will Kettles in Glasgow. Thanks, Will!

As ‘Hello Pondlife’ magazine confirms to me,

I’m a lily-pad leaping celebrity,

I express my views in croaks and clicks,

A paparazzi’d puddock,

I’m the poster boy of tadpolitics

Rescued amphibians!

Rescued amphibians!


MacRosty Bark 2015 – A Howling Success!

First prize winners

MacRosty Bark was a great success this year (second time lucky – after heavy rain postponed the event in July).  46 dogs took part in the different novelty classes on offer.  The sun was shining and everyone who came along had a great time.

We would like to thank everyone who came along for supporting the event and a special thank you to Alan’s Pet Shop (Crieff) for providing all the prizes and the SSPCA and Guide Dogs for the Blind for bringing their stalls.

Another successful event in MacRosty Park

Simply strimming!

Crieff Community Trust Paths Group

Crieff Community Trust paths group recently received funding through Community Environment Challenge Fund and have purchased strimmers and relevant health and safety equipment. The group have also received training from Perth and Kinross Council to use the equipment.

The machines will be used by the group to help prevent some local paths becoming overgrown and unpleasant to use. This will hopefully contribute to local people and visitors to Crieff getting out and enjoying the surroundings.

These pictures were taken during the strimmers first outing at Bennybeg, some of the group opted for a more peaceful task of widening the path ensuring it remains suitable for use by mobility scooters and prams / pushchairs.

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Room to Roam in Crieff – thank you volunteers!

A huge thank you to the Crieff Community Greenspace Volunteer group who were out last week widening the surface of a well-used footpath.

Vegetation had grown over the paths edges making it narrower than it used to be.

Crieff Community Greenspace Volunteers group is a run in partnership with the NHS and aims to help people get active outdoors to reap the many health benefits that green spaces have to offer.

Andrew from the group is using this experience to help achieve his Duke of Edinburgh Award.

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Wildlife camera trapping

The Greenspace Rangers recently managed to secure some external funding from SITA to observe wildlife movements around roadside gullypots. Carrying out a test run at the Roads & Countryside office in Blairgowrie, a surprising number of animals have been snapped!

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Who can identify the mystery bird?

Besom brooms – Remake Scotland

In the past woodlands were seen as a valuable resource, able to provide people with materials to help them in their everyday life. Examples include timber for building or fuel, bracken used as bedding for livestock or hazel branches for constructing fencing.

Community Greenspace recently ran a workshop in Crieff with Remake Scotland to build besom brooms. We reused woodland materials from woodland management tasks in Crieff.  The birch twigs came from tree thinning works on the Knock and the hazel came from coppicing work that was carried out at Lady Marys Walk.

Brilliant work.  Well done to all who got involved.

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