Volunteer Nominated for Path Group Volunteer of the Year!

IMG_20170930_132318_resized_20171003_043706419We have some great news.

One of the volunteers we support has been nominated as Paths for All Path Group Volunteer of the Year.

David is a member of the Crieff Community Trust Path Group and also regular out with our Crieff Green Routes Group

David said:

“I just love being outdoors with nature – and seeing how I’m helping to breathe life back into the land and paths in the local area just spurs me on.  Five years ago, I retired from the Forestry Commission and moved to Crieff.  I’m really chuffed to be nominated for the award and as a ‘newbie’ up here, I really feel as though I have been accepted. When I moved to Crieff the newly formed path group were looking for volunteers and I hoped that with my forestry background spanning some years, I might be of some use.”

Dave is so valuable in the volunteering he does in the Crieff area and we are thrilled that Dave has been nominated for this award. Good luck!

 

 

Crieff High School Skills Group End of Year!

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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.

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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.

 

 

Cara Modern Apprentice

Hi I’m Cara. I have been with the Community Greenspace Team since January as a Modern Apprentice. I am also studying part-time for a degree in Geography and Environmental Science and have a keen interest in the outdoors.

While working with the team I will be completing a Business and Administration Modern Apprenticeship, and mainly working on Park Events and Football. I am also keen to be involved with the community and helping the Greenspace Rangers.

So far I have processed many event applications, all happening in parks throughout Perth and Kinross, I have been involved in site meetings and have had the opportunity to drive an electric car!

I have also been out of the office and helped the greenspace rangers and volunteer groups, by putting posters up, updating signs and tree planting.

I am looking forward to working with the team more and gaining valuable skills and knowledge of Greenspaces throughout Perth and Kinross.

Caring for the Cairngorms – Perthshire

A unique partnership is being launched on Saturday the 20 January at Killiecrankie Village Hall.  Three separate Ranger services are joining forces to launch and run the “Caring for the Cairngorms – Perthshire” group, namely Perth and Kinross Council Community Greenspace, National Trust for Scotland ranger service and Atholl estates Ranger service.

The group aims to bring people to work on footpaths, habitats and wildlife and path surveys.  The group will meet twice a month at various locations. All tasks will start at 1000, with some of them finishing at 1230 and others at 1500.  It is a great opportunity to make a difference on your doorstep or an area you enjoy visiting.

“This new adventure would not be possible without staff from the Cairngorm National Park facilitating and administrating this venture. ” Jeannie Grant from Perth and Kinross Council Community Greenspace.171204KilliecrankiePoster