New Block of Green Routes to Wellbeing in Perth

A new 6 week block of Green Routes to Wellbeing started last week clearing gorse and broom from the summit. Join us tomorrow at 10am for unlimited tea, coffee and chocolate biscuits while making St Magdalene’s Hill better for people and wildlife.

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Drainage ditch clearing with PSYV

In order to keep the paths on our countryside sites in good condition we need to prevent too much water from the undergrowth from flowing onto the path. Of course, it is never possible to keep the path completely dry, so the path is usually shaped to ensure that water is able to run off the path rather than puddling. An important method for this is to have drainage ditches on some of the wetter parts of the paths to allow water to run away from, and underneath, the paths. At this time of year, once all the leaves have come off the trees, it isn’t unusual to find that drains suddenly become clogged – more so if the drains haven’t been cleared for a couple of years.  

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We were recently joined by the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) to undertake some work on the drainage ditches on Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park to maintain the high quality paths. Despite a bit of rain, the 13 volunteers worked along a stretch of the pathway on the western side of Kinnoull Hill. While in the area we took the opportunity to remove some of the younger beech trees, in keeping with our long-term plan of encouraging the regeneration of native oak, birch and pines trees.

PSYVLogoThe PSYV did a fantastic job, both at clearing the ditches and removing surrounding vegetation and beech. Although the ditches hadn’t quite reached the stage of being fully clogged up the difference before and after was still quite significant, and now the ditches should be good for a couple more years. To find out more about the PSYV visit their website or check them out on their Facebook page.

For more information about volunteering with community greenspace in your area, please contact communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk or call 01738 475000.

New Green Routes to Wellbeing Perth Group Starting

A new Green Routes to Wellbeing Groups is starting in Perth on 5th September 2018 and everyone is welcome to join. The group will be working to improve St Magdalene’s Hill by clearing paths, thinning trees and removing litter. No previous outdoor experience is required and all tools, gloves, tea and biscuits are provided for you. Come and feel the benefits of spending time in the outdoors learning new skills.

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We will meet at the same location each session, in the car park at St Magdalene’s Hill. The car park is accessed from the corner of Glendevon Road and Glenlochay Road.

For more information or to let us know you are coming, please contact Joanna Dick by emailing JoannaDick@pkc.gov.uk or phoning 01738 475 377.

 

 

 

 

5. VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL – Make a Meadow at St Mags

beavers craigie hill 14th may 2018Summer has finally arrived and what better way to spend a beautiful evening than planting wildflowers at St Magdalene’s Hill to provide food for bees and butterflies in the coming months.

4A Perth Brownies  and 74th Perthshire Beavers joined 20180502_185726Greenspace Ranger Joanna on two evenings at St Magdalene’s Hill to plant wildflowers and both groups managed to plant a whopping 200 in less than an hour!

Very impressive work! We even had time for a game that involved learning about the animals that make St Magdalene’s Hill their home such as foxes and owls and involved the best worm impressions I have ever seen.20180502_184922

The flowers will transform the grass into a riot of yellow and white petals in the next few months.

Yellow Rattle, Ox Eye Daisy and Birds Foot Trefoil were planted to create a wildflower meadow and were kindly donated by the Tay Landscape Partnership, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A parent said, “My child really enjoyed it and in all the excitement came home with someone else’s kneeling mat”.20180502_185126

Another parent added, “My child loved it and learned a lot about a place we have never visited before, thank you!

Both the Beavers and Brownies will be back in late Summer to see how the flowers are looking and survey for butterflies.A big thank you to everyone who helped make this project happen including the Butterfly Conservation Trust for advice.20180502_184925

Volunteering allows you to try something new, make new friends and its fun! If you would like to help us on a Greenspace near you, please get in touch.

When you tweet… please tag! #volunteersweek #PKCGreenVolunteers

Scone Park Pond Spring Clean

20180413_141148Scone Park pond was given a spring clean on Friday 13th April and although the date maybe unlucky for some, no one fell in the pond so proved lucky for us!

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A group of local residents helped extract litter from the pond edges using extended litter pickers. We will go back into the pond in October to remove some of the vegetation when pond insects have stopped breeding and will collect the litter in the centre of the pond then. The pond was busy with bird life – mallard ducks, moorhen and the swans were guarding their newly constructed nest.

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A big thanks to everyone who came along on the day. We are gauging interest in a volunteer group to help with tasks in Scone Park and wider Scone area such as footpath maintenance and keeping paths clear from vegetation. If you are interested, please get in touch with Greenspace Ranger Joanna Dick by emailing JoannaDick@pkc.gov.uk

More Fruit Trees for St Magdalene’s Hill

On a bright and sunny Saturday, 54 Perthshire Scouts (Auchterarder) joined Susan and Joanna on St Magdalene’s Hill to plant fruit trees as part of a wider orchard creation project. The trees were kindly donated to the South Perth Greenspace Group by the Tay Landscape Partnership and the Scouts planted the final trees.

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After the trees were planted, the group had to measure the materials and build the protective shelters to keep deer and rabbits away from the tasty fruit trees.

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Although sunny, it was a cold wind and mugs of tea and chocolate brownies were much appreciated at lunch time.

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A number of trees have been planted on St Magdalene’s Hill by the South Perth Greenspace Group as well as other tasks such as coppicing trees to encourage new growth. The group meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at Glenearn Community Campus and new members are always welcome.

 

 

 

Perth Lade, March Litter Pick

 

“As the Community Greenspace Partnership Officer one of my community projects is the Perth Lade. We have been carrying out a number of different vegetation, tree and litter clearance works and are also working with local schools and community groups on different improvement projects.

This litter pick was one in a number of community litter picks that are carried out on the Perth Lade; this was on a much smaller scale than our action day carried out in October of 2017.  Regular litter picks/action days are to be planned for the future.

We will advertise our next litter pick soon, everyone is welcome to join”.

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Resplendent Rodney Gardens

Here’s a little taster of the wonderful display of the sight that awaits you at Rodney Gardens, Perth. We think that the gardens are going to look pretty spectacular this summer!

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The great majority of the work in planting up the Heather Collection at Bellwood Riverside is due to the wonderful folk who volunteer there, who have been assisted on occasion by the Community Payback Team.

From our wee photo collection you can begin to get a glimpse of the vast amount of planting which was involved over the past few seasons.

The volunteers are now concentrating their collective energy on the herbaceous plantings at the more formal gardens and have an eye on nearby Norrie Miller Walk across the bridge.

We can’t wait to see it all come together!

In addition to the magnificent plantings, Rodney Gardens on the Dundee Road, has a lovely collection of artwork, plenty of greenspace to enjoy, lots of seating and great views across the river.

If you’d like to get involved in helping to bring life back into some tired greenspace in your area, please get in touch with us at communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

 

Farewell Monty, you will be fished!

On Wednesday 30th April Community Greenspace said a fond farewell to our colleague Ian Montgomery, who retired from PKC after 21 years service!

Ian was shackled to PKC in 1995. After 10 years working in the Print Office, Ian saw the light and joined the free spirits in the bright outdoors, working as a Countryside Ranger (Greenspace Ranger these days).  We are told that colleagues at that time were pretty sceptical – printer ranger – ranger printer?   Whilst Ian’s credentials in persecuting the wildlife of P&K in terms of hunting, shooting and fishing were the stuff of legend and never in doubt, how he was going to convert that into becoming a careful curator, nurturing and protecting our flora and fauna as a ranger was clearly a bold step into the unknown.

We now believe that this was part of Ian’s cunning plan – being fully aware of the impact his fishing talents had in the decline of salmon stocks in our Perthshire Rivers and thinking ahead to 2016, he set about replenishing them.  Getting school kids to grow new ones in the classroom was the only way forward to secure a lifetime’s supply in retirement.  So his plan to get his hands on the Salmon in the Classroom initiative was hatched (forgive the pun) and in his hands has gone from strength to strength with upwards of 1,500 alevins (young salmon) being released.  And this year, after all the hard work, this excellent programme is a finalist in the Securing the Future Awards.

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So with bags of personality and a passion for the natural world and an ability to communicate with everyone, Ian did become a fully fledged and highly valued member of the team.

Needless to say Ian made a great impression on his ranger colleagues – so much so they were queuing up with tales to tell when Ian decided to finally hang up the hat…

Unfortunately we cannot repeat any of these…  we hope that our Comic Book “The Life of Monty” will make up for this, and make you smile as much as he has made all of us smile in the past 21 years.

Happy fishing Monty!

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Monty’s comic is available to download here: Monty Comic Strip Original Photo Format