It has come to the end of the year for the Crieff High School Skills Group.
They have learned a huge amount over the year and have came on hugely in their development.
From Himalayan Balsam and Bracken Bashing, to path maintenance and drainage(seen above) they have covered a huge amount of activities in their time.
Here is how they feel the year has went:
“Before starting to go out with Alan, the Greenspace Ranger, we didn’t really take part in any physical activity in school.
In the beginning it was pretty hard work, especially learning about all the different tools but it has got easier and more enjoyable as the term went on.”
Jay said, “I really enjoy the freedom of going out. My favourite activity is bracken bashing because you get to use a slasher and you can really see the difference.”
James said,” I don’t enjoy school so going out is a great escape. My favourite thing to do is digging the ditches for the drainage because it’s fun and it’s great to see the water flowing once it’s clear.”
“We have learnt lots of skills throughout the time, from cleaning the tools correctly to make sure they fit to use, to recognising non-native species and weeds.
It is great to visit different places around Crieff too, we go to Lady Mary’s Walk, MacRosty Park and up the Knock so get to see different landscapes.”
The contribution of the group to their community has been invaluable and we have been really impressed with their progression over the year. We hope to maintain the group going in to the next school year and support more young people to learn new skills and developing the young workforce of the future.