The Highland Perthshire litter picking “kit” has been out in force this year, bringing together a number of groups and people. It all started in in the winter with Rannoch Path Group tackling a viewpoint and car park, whilst planting a new wildlife hedge!
March saw Deeds for Needs targeting core known areas within Aberfeldy, which was done again in May with pupils from Breadalbane Academy and teachers doing litter picks all over town and on Core paths. Their efforts alone brought in another 20-30 kg of litter. Deeds for Needs were delighted and pleased to see pupils engaging with the issue. The litterpick has been repeated again by the 17th Perthshire Aberfeldy Cubs in May. Grandtully Primary school have issued litter picking as part of their “homework” and Eco-school project.
In Blair Atholl the community and Estate joined forces to clear the litter in the village and the approaching roads in March.
Many communities continue to do regular litter picks such as Pitlochry Litter picking group and at Strathtay and Grandtully. So if you want to join a group near you, please get in touch.
Storage space for any Volunteer group is a luxury! It is not only what type of storage is needed, but also how to afford it. In 2017 BRAN (Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network) donated their second hand shed to the Pitlochry Path Group. Luckily for the group a home was found in Pitlochry Recreation Park. Although, this seems a simple process the transportation, landowner permission etc. all kept the Community Greenspace Coordinators on their toes!
When it came to decide how the shed should be used, it became apparent that the Pitlochry Litter picking group, whom also sit under the Pitlochry in Bloom constitution would benefit with storage near their starting point – Pitlochry Recreation Park! So it was decided that the shed should be shared.
A grateful as the group was with the donation, it did not come with its own issues – rot! Again this does not come cheap to resolve! With assistance from Pitlochry Pavilion User Group work could progress in fixing the shed.
Finally, a joint task day was done to sort out a little rot issue. As ever it was not that simple, thankfully determined volunteers and a loan of some tools the group got there in the end! All it now needs is a paint job. If this good weather continues the shed will hopefully look five years younger, shortly!