Loon Braes Conservation Group – update.

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A few keen volunteers have been coming along to help maintain the Loon Braes, in Rattray. Over the last few sessions we have been concentrating on removing the Himalayan Balsam from around the pond, tidying up the orchard area and keeping the site tidy.

Over the winter Months it is hoped to involve the community to help shape the future of the Loon Braes. We will shortly be forming a steering group to help push forward fundraising and ideas to help improve the area.

We are always looking for more volunteers and anyone who is keen to come along can find us at the Davie park pavilion at 1pm. The Loon Braes group meets on the last Thursday of the month. For more info please contact ajmacleod@pkc.gov.uk

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First meeting of the Loon Braes Conservation Group

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Seven keen volunteers turned out for the first Loon Braes conservation group. After a walk round the site to look at various habitats and issues we talked about plans to turn the site into a Nature Park. This giving an insight into some of the future projects the volunteers could be involved in.

The first task was to remove invasive Himalayan Balsam which is taking over many of the grassy areas, causing the wildflowers to suffer. After getting to know each other, the group got to work clearing a large area of Balsam near the pond. It is important that we clear before it seeds.

This is just the start of the project, with the aim of creating an area which can be a resource for the whole community. We aim to improve the area whilst maintaining and enhancing the great habitats which are already present in the Loon Braes

The Loon-Braes conservation group meets on the last Thursday of the month. Please contact Greenspace Ranger, Alistair Macleod on 01250 871457 or ajmacleod@pkc.gov.uk if you wish to come along or require more information.