BRAN update.


Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network (BRAN) continue to work in partnership to maintain and enhance the path network surrounding Blairgowrie and East Perthshire. Its been a busy summer for BRAN  with tasks such as grass cutting, strimming and cutting back which all helps to keep the path network open and accessible.

BRAN members recently met on 16th November to litter pick at the Riverside between Keithbank Mill and Brooklin Mill. Many more projects are planned over the winter months including the creation of a viewpoint and path improvements at the top of the Knockie path.

BRAN are always looking for new members and should you wish to come along please contact Ian Richards secretary-

BRAN River Ericht Work Party



Staff from Community Greenspace recently partnered with BRAN to help maintain and improve the steps on the popular River Ericht walk, near Blairgowrie.

Keen volunteers from BRAN  were on site to help scrape back years of mud to expose the stone below. Quarry dust was then moved from Parkhead Farm to the work site and compacted to improve the surface.

Thanks also to Ian Cruickshank, who went for a walk along the path towards Rosemount farm armed with a pair of loppers cutting back any over hanging branches and finally not forgetting our other members Eric Grant, Keith Reid and his son Alistair who went litter picking from Kitty Swanson’s Bridge to Lochlands Farm.

Should you be interested in joining BRAN. Please contact Ian Richards group secretary Ian Richards on



Ally Donald – PFA Community Path Volunteer of the Year 2017

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PKC would like to extend our congratulations to Ally Donald from Blairgowrie And Rattray Access Network (BRAN) for winning Paths For All’s Community Path Volunteer of the Year 2017.

We are delighted for Ally, who is one of  the busiest volunteers in Perth & Kinross (if not Scotland) and makes regular appearances on this BLOG.   Ally’s willingness to get ‘stuck-in’ whatever the weather has ensured that the path network in and around Blairgowrie and Rattray remain open and usable all year round.

Use the link below Read more about Ally – and have a peak at the brilliant photo that shows some of the other members of BRAN sharing Ally’s joy at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 25th October.

PFA website

Blairgowrie & Rattray Access Network (BRAN)

Press report for WE 22nd July 2017

Ally Donald was again out with the mower during the week and BRAN fielded a team of 10 volunteers for the main work party on Friday 21st July. Despite it being only a month since the Cateran Yomp, part of the trail had become over grown and needed attention.

The path from East Gormack towards the old bothy required a lot of cutting back and strimming work. The path between the first and second kissing gates was completely cleared as were the gates further along but a second visit will be required to complete the work.

The team enjoyed fine weather and as always enjoyed good banter as well as working hard on the task in hand.

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The photo shows from the left:  Roger Mackey, Phil Seymour, Keith Reid, Bob Ellis,  Ian Cruickshank, Jan Seymour, Ian Richards and Stuart Sutherland. Eric Grant was the photographer and Cyril Reid was hiding somewhere!

BRAN always welcomes new members be it on a one off or regular basis. Anyone interested should contact the secretary, Ian Richards. 01250 871122, 07787 317022.

BRAN work party report WE: 17th June

Blairgowrie &Rattray Access Network (BRAN) 

Work parties WE 17th June 2017


Once again BRAN volunteers were out in force during the week, individuals as well as small and large groups. The photo shows (from the LHS): Cyril Reid, Ian Richards, John Edwards, Ally Donald, Phil Seymour and Ian Cruickshank. (Aileen Stackhouse, Cath Robertson and Hadwig Steeple missed the photo!)

Areas tackled included:

  • Grass cutting – Loon Braes,
  • River Ericht path, both sides various sections,
  • Stormont Loch path,
  • Darroch Woods to Whitelock,
  • Gallowbank path,
  • Ardblair Wood to Loch View,
  • Maryfield to Gormack.
  • And trimming back side growth on River Ericht path Rattray side.

Ally Donald once more did the lion’s share of the work, Roger Mackey was also active and Ian Richards worked with Ally on the Loon Braes. Stuart Watson carried out a litter pick up the Cuttle Burn steps and along to Lornty Bridge & beyond.

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On Saturday 17th June, nine volunteers turned out on the second occasion to support the Riverside Project Group. BRAN have agreed to carry out all the maintenance work on their behalf. Hadwig Steeple and Catherine Robertson litter picked the entire area and others strimmed, lopped self seeded saplings, cut the grass that the council had missed doing and also cut the Oakbank Road verges.

Anyone interested in helping with BRAN’s work should contact the secretary, Ian Richards.

Pitlochry Volunteer Celebration

Volunteers who have been involved in a wide variety of projects in and around Pitlochry received a public “thank you” at a celebration event on Thursday evening.

Organised by the Hipshire Network, a total of 28 individuals and 12 groups were recognised for their efforts around Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Killiecrankie, Ballinluig, Logierait, Struan, Kinloch Rannoch, Tummel Bridge and Trinafour.

A variety of organisations and community groups chose to pay tribute to their volunteers at the event, which follows on from a similar evening in the Aberfeldy area last November. Each nominee received a certificate of thanks, presented on the night by local musician Dave Amos.

Those honoured have been pivotal to the success of a variety of projects, such as Bloom Groups in Pitlochry and Kinloch Rannoch, Friends of Balhousie Care Home, Pitlochry and Rannoch Path Groups led by Community Greenspace, Soldiers of Killiecrankie, Christians Against Poverty, the Dawn to Dusk Festival, National Trust for Scotland, the Pitlochry High School Defib Group, Pitlochry Litter picking group, the Pavilion Users Group who lead fundraising for the Pitlochry Recreation Ground, and the Perth & Kinross Council-delivered Zero Waste Highland Perthshire project.

Lidia Dye of PKAVS Volunteering Hub, said: “This event was a real celebration of the fantastic work volunteers do in their local area and the difference they make to the community.

“People take part in volunteering for a variety of reasons and there really are opportunities out there for everyone, whatever their interests or abilities. Volunteering is incredibly rewarding in itself, but we still feel it’s important to say thank you for the dedication and hard work given by local people. We look forward to holding more events like this in other areas in the months to come.”

For information on voluntary opportunities near you contact PKAVS Volunteering Hub or search