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!


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.


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

A visit from the Dirty Weekenders Conservation Group!


Eighteen students from Edinburgh University (the Dirty Weekenders) recently helped us tidy up the Loon Braes pond and surrounding area in Rattray, Blairgowrie. The group of keen volunteer’s ventured into the pond with waders and protective gauntlets to clear invasive weed and litter. The team also chopped up Trees on the island felled by Beavers and with the help of BRAN cleared some of the footpaths around the pond. (see slideshow below for more photos from the day)

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The group visited the area for the weekend, staying near by in Cally Hall and working on both Saturday and Sunday. We would like to thank the community for all the support offered and the Loon Braes Parknership for providing lunch on both days.

The pond is looking much cleaner and weed free as a result of the handwork by the Dirty Weekenders.



Planning for ‘Dirty Weekenders’

This weekend we have the Dirty Weekender Conservation Volunteers from Edinburgh University coming to East Perthshire to help clean up the pond in Loon Braes (Davie Park), Rattray.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming the conservation students back to Perthshire (see here to read about their previous efforts) and today CG were out planning for their visit.

Come back next week to find out how the group got on… and check out the Dirty Weekend blog to read about the groups other activities!

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Alistair in the Wrong Trousers…


‘There is a bike in here!’