Spring clean with the Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers from Pitlochry High School recently gave up their Saturday to help tidy up the pond in the Beatrix Potter Garden in Birnam. The pond had become chocked with weed, litter and mud which was restricting the look of the pond and the habitat on offer.

Using waterproofs and waiders the group made fast work of this dirty but rewarding task.

This task is just one of many which are run by local ranger services throughout the year working with many partners, which allows the pupils to get enough experience to gain both the Junior Ranger award and the John Muir award.

Next month we will back out working on the Birnam hill path.

The Junior Ranger scheme takes place in national parks across Europe. More information can be found on the attached link:- https://www.europarc.org/nature/young-people/junior-ranger-programme/

Larghan Park willow Project- Update

Community Greenspace Rangers Jeannie and Alistair recently organised some practical sessions to construct a living playare in Larghan park. Various volunteers have been out in all weathers cutting, weaving, shaping and planting to create this new feature in the park.

This task has been made possible due to the commitment from pride of place volunteers, wisecraft and Police Scotland Youth Volunteers who have been learning new skills while completing the task.

Over the next few months it is hoped that the newly planted Willow will flourish to create a unique playarea which can be added to in years to come.







BRAN – Cuttle Burn Steps Project

Work party report WE 2nd June 2018

Ally Donald was once and again out and about with the mower keeping our path network in good order during weekday evenings, the current run of dry weather has slowed down the growth a bit but the grass & weeds still need attention.

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The long planned Cuttle Burn Steps project has now been actioned with work starting at 3.00pm on Friday 1st, a group of very hard-working volunteers working well into the evening. The same group minus one were again toiling in the heat early on the morning of the 2nd. By the early afternoon the majority of the work had been completed, the only remaining job being to install a hand rail on the new section of steps.

For anyone who is familiar with the Cuttle Burn Steps the section beneath the top flight of steps becomes hazardous in wet or icy conditions. The new stepped section of over 20mtrs now allows walkers to negotiate the section in safety and has completely eliminated the slippery part.

The path that takes walkers along the gorge from the Oakbank Road to Lornty Road is a lovely short walk and also acts a short cut from the top of town down to the riverside. Already very popular, BRAN now hopes that even more people will be encouraged to use it.

The BRAN team consisted of Kristin Barrett, Nina Bell, Grahame Mustard, Ally Donald and Bob Ellis on both days with Roger Mackey on the first day. Conditions underfoot couldn’t have been better but the heat and humidity was energy sapping. The five did a great job!  2018_01_06 Cuttle Burn work 1st evening IMG_4809rs

More projects are planned on the Knockie and on a near section of the Cateran Trail at East Gormack

Although BRAN is very well supported by its volunteer group it will always welcome new folk, if you are interested in helping please contact the secretary, Ian Richards. Ian_richards2007@yahoo.com, 01250 871122 0r 07787 317022


No slowing down for BRAN!

As Autumn takes over and the growing season is slowing down . Bran are still hard at it with Ally Donald out on three evenings strimming  Kirklands Path and Cargill’s Way.

BRAN had another party out on Saturday 30th, once again tidying up areas of Davie Park and particularly the Loon Braes. This was very much a follow on from the work done two weeks previously. Davie Park was litter picked and areas around the seats on Loon Braes were cut back to provide views of the pond etc.

On this occasion four volunteers carried out the work, Bob Ellis, David Stanghon, Ally Donald and Ian Richards. The group noted that many of the other seats had views of the park and the pond completely obscured by bushes and trees. Too much work on the day but the group will tackle the issue over the winter and into next season.
BRAN is always happy to welcome new recruits; the work is usually varied and people of all abilities are able to do their bit in helping to keep our paths in good order. Please contact the secretary if interested in joining. ian_richards2007@yahoo.com, 01250 871122, 07787 317022

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Photo- Bran member’s enjoying the view after clearing the area on the Loon Braes!