Clearing Goarse and Broom at St Mags

On the 16th of October I was up St Mags with Joanna helping out a group called the six circle clearing back goarse and broom.

This is a really important job as the broom and gorse are taking over the hill and stopping other plants and trees from growing.

It is also really important as they can block some of the amazing views you can get on the summit.

The group worked really hard and managed to clear a lot, revealing that view of the Tay and the bridge.

I tried my first Cadbury Boost that day and I think its safe to say I found my new favourite chocolate.

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The Art of Coppicing

What is coppicing you ask? Coppicing is a woodland management technique that involves repeatedly felling trees at the base ,then allowing them to regrow, then providing suitable timber. This technique reigns supreme over replanting as the trees roots have already developed so this means the branches growth would be much quicker and less chance of browsing and shading.

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But what can coppicing do for the environment? As trees already shed their branches to extend their lifespan this good be a great way to simulate this to the life of the tree. It also increases woodland biodiversity as more light will be able to reach the ground allowing other species to grow. These species will usually be food for butterflies and other insects which means that they can be eaten by birds and bats etc. It can actually provide habitat as well, is there anything it can’t do…

 

 

 

 

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Its that time of the year again with Christmas just around the corner decorations should be appearing around the street. Another thing that will be appearing in living room windows will be the all important Christmas tree, covered top to bottom in lights, baubles and tinsel.Image result for cartoon christmas tree

Its almost strange to think that the idea of a Christmas tree was actually around before the advents of Christianity, as the ancient Egyptians used to celebrate the winter solstice by bringing green palm rushes into their homes which symbolizes the triumph of life over death. Skip forward to the 16th century in Germany when the first use of the  Christmas tree occurs. It happened when devout Christians took decorated trees into their homes.

If you have decided to have a real tree with roots this year and want it to last through the holidays then here’s how to look after the tree. First of all you should water your tree regularly and you can also cover the top soil with mulch or reindeer moss to prevent water evaporating and you could also empty trays of ice cubes onto the soil to prevent the water pooling. Only limit your tree’s time inside to ten day stretches as trees are at their happiest at cool temperatures and bright outdoor light. Leave the tree in the container you bought it in to avoid disturbing the roots as you do not want to combine transplanting shock with taking the tree indoors. A tip if you do not like the container your tree came in then you can drop it into a larger glazed ceramic pot or metal bucket which can also catch excess water.

 

 

 

Funding Alert December 2018

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Click here to download the Funding Alert.

Welcome to the December edition of the Funding Alert. Please click the link above to download the Alert in PDF format.

Of particular note this month is the deadline for Common Good Fund applications which is 20 December.

The Community Planning Partnership has a Facebook page!

Like Perth & Kinross Community Planning Partnership on Facebook to keep up to date with the work of the partnership.

 

Perth Lade Action Day – 26th October 2018

The Perth Lade Action Day

Trimming, Weeding and Litterpicking

Friday 26th October 2018- 2pm – 4pm

Please meet at the Stanley Crescent Play Area at 1.45pm.

Refreshments will be provided.

All equipment will be provided, please ensure you wear sturdy shoes/boots and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and are weather appropriate.

Please come join us we would love to see you there.

If you are attending please contact Kirsty Scott on (01738) 476476

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New Green Routes to Wellbeing Perth Group Starting

A new Green Routes to Wellbeing Groups is starting in Perth on 5th September 2018 and everyone is welcome to join. The group will be working to improve St Magdalene’s Hill by clearing paths, thinning trees and removing litter. No previous outdoor experience is required and all tools, gloves, tea and biscuits are provided for you. Come and feel the benefits of spending time in the outdoors learning new skills.

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We will meet at the same location each session, in the car park at St Magdalene’s Hill. The car park is accessed from the corner of Glendevon Road and Glenlochay Road.

For more information or to let us know you are coming, please contact Joanna Dick by emailing JoannaDick@pkc.gov.uk or phoning 01738 475 377.

 

 

 

 

Dunkeld Volunteer Celebration

On Thursday 7th June 18 volunteers from across Dunkeld and the surrounding area were invited to an evening of celebration at the Birnam arts centre.

The evening was organised to take place during volunteer week which is a national celebration of volunteers. All the volunteers who participated had been invited along after being nominated by the residents of Dunkeld and the surrounding area.

Local fiddler Pete Clark introduced the evening by playing his fiddle and sharing some stories, this was followed by the presentation of the awards to 12 groups and 6 individuals. After the presentation it was great to hear from the nominees about why each individual or group deserved to be nominated. As the formal part of the evening came to a close,  guests were treated to a buffet and wine giving the volunteers a chance to network and make valuable connections with the wider volunteering community.

The evening was organised in partnership with many organisations which form the HIPSHIRE network. The event could not have happened without the generosity of the community, the Birnam Arts and the organising group especially Lidia and Evelyn for their support in getting the word out about the event plus sending out all the invites. It is hoped the event can become a regular fixture in the volunteering calendar should this be a wish of the community.

 

 

 

Brickhall Community Garden – work starts in spring 2018

Bridge of Earn’s volunteer group Brig in Bloom has announced that their project ‘Bridging the Past’ enters its final phase this spring, with the creation of the new Brickhall Community Garden.

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The project – which celebrates the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology – has received generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Council’s Community Environment Challenge Fund, the Innogy Renewables UK’s Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Fund, Awards for All and TESCO Bags of Help.

Funding enabled Bridge of Earn residents and pupils from Dunbarney and Kilgraston Schools to share and record stories about the village’s farming heritage between the 1940s and1960s.

The final part of the project will create a garden which reflects the village’s history. As well as paths and seating, the garden design includes dry stone walling and traditional native plant species. A ‘listening post’ will provide recordings of residents’ memories and the sounds of days gone by. The garden will provide a haven for wildlife and offer everyone a tranquil place to relax.

Landscaping work will be undertaken by a contractor whilst volunteers will plant up the new garden with specially selected shrubs and plants. Work is expected to take place between April and June. It will culminate in a special opening event so that everyone who has taken part in the project – more than 100 so far – can celebrate their achievements.

Driving force behind the project is local community group Brig in Bloom, led by Avril Fulton, who said: ‘Brig in Bloom is very excited to the see their vision come to fruition. We thank everyone for their support. However, we are sad that local project champion George Smith has passed away recently. We intend that the garden will also be a fitting memorial for his contribution to our community.’ For more information please contact Avril Fulton a.f.fulton@icloud.com

Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy commented:

“Community groups such as Brig in Bloom contribute significantly to improving their local areas through volunteering and a desire to make a positive difference. My sympathies go out to George Smith’s family, friends and fellow volunteers – I am sure the Brickhall Community Garden will be a very fine reflection of his commitment to Bridge of Earn.”

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Download the plans below:

C1616.001D Balmanno Community Garden

C1616.004 Brickhall Existing