Path Maintenance at Bennybeg

This month the Crieff path group were out at Bennybeg, which is a circular all abilities route located in between Muthill and Crieff starting at the Bennybeg plant centre.

It was noticed that the vegetation on the edge of the path had started to creep in so the group wanted to make a start on remediating this and bringing the path back to its original standard.

The group were enthused and we managed 5 volunteers on the day this allowed the group to split in two and head in both directions, the group managed to get approximately 400m of path widened back to the original width which was fantastic for the size of group that we had.

Hopefully this work will ensure that the path remains an all abilities path for years to come.

The Crieff path group meet on the last Saturday of the month.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Crieff Path Group contact Richard Armstrong- richardarmstrong15283@gmail.com for more information.

 

Sawing Saplings with the School

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Pupil Removing one of the saplings

Every Tuesday a group come out from Crieff High School to help manage the woodland and park sites around the town. Whilst the group find the school environment a struggle they thrive in practical and outdoor activities. They are learning and developing skills that hopefully will assist them in getting in to training  and eventually a career in the future.

Recently the group were up the Knock carrying out some heathland management.  Using  loppers and saws the group were cutting any saplings or scrub that was developing within the heathland.

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Scleroderma citrinum Pers. – Common Earthball Found while working

 

The reason that we remove the saplings is because if we didn’t we would lose the heathland as it would turn in to woodland eventually. Heathland is a Biodiveristy Action plan priority habitat and supports a wide range of wildlife such as the earth ball seen in the picture to the left that the group discovered while carrying out the task.

 

By carrying out the brilliant work that the group do, they are learning about different habitats, the importance of those habitats and why sometimes we need to prevent natural succession to protect them  and also about the wildlife within those habitats. They are also assisting Community Greenspace achieve objectives and helping to keep the sites maintained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provost Walk Path Preservation and Protection

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Volunteers hard at work

The Auchterarder Path Group have been working in partnership with Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust to upgrade the Provost walk on the west of the town the first phase was opened at the end of June and work is now underway on the second phase.

However the group had noticed on the first phase vegetation(creeping buttercup and leaf litter) had started to become a bit of an issue and it was damaging the path and making it more difficult to use.

The group decided to run a task and managed to get a great turnout for a first task of 11 volunteers which included workers from Bear Scotland. Although the day was driech  the groups spirits were not dampened(probably helped by the baking done by the group leaders) and they managed to get the path back to looking almost brand new again.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Auchterarder Path Group please contact the Greenspace Ranger for the area, Alan Dorman by email adorman@pkc.gov.uk or call 01738 475000

Lady Mary’s Strimming and Clearing with Crieff Path Group

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Lady Mary’s Walk

Lady Mary’s Walk is one of the premier walks in Strathearn with stunning canopy of mix broadleaf trees and River Earn flowing alongside it is a truly picturesque site  within a few minutes walk of the town.

Recently the Crieff Path Group had a maintenance task down there as part of this task the group cleared out the drainage lets, cut back any branches encroaching on to the path and strimmed the vegetation that had fallen on to the path.

The group managed to have 6 volunteers out which helped enormously with this challenging task. We didn’t managed to get all of the drainage finished but we did spruce up the site making it easier for visitors to use without getting stung by nettles or whipped by lime tree branches.  Which going by the feedback from the huge amount of visitors that passed (144 unique path users in 3 hours) was warmly welcomed and appreciated.

The Crieff Path group meet once a month usually on the last Saturday of the month

If you would like to be involved in the Crieff path group please contact the group leader Richard Armstrong- richardarmstrong15283@gmail.com for more information.