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.







Crieff High School Group Willow Weaving

The Crieff High School Group have been busy with a special day carrying out some willow weaving to create the start of a willow dome. They were learnt about the properties of willow and how it is a useful resource for building structures.

Jay and James said “Prior to doing the activity, we had no knowledge or experience of willow weaving, so it was completely new to us.

When we arrived at the site we marked out the circle for the dome with line paint.


Sizing the willow and trimming it.

We then sorted the willow out by size and trimmed it if needed.

Next, we built the frame of the structure by hammering stakes in to the ground which we put the willow in to tying it together so that the arch was stable.

Then we started weaving the willow, we bent it and manipulated it in to the shape we needed and secured it with string


Base Structure taking shape.


We managed to complete the base of the structure.”

A special thanks to Jeannie Grant (Highland Ranger) for coming and showing us and sharing her knowledge.

The group really enjoyed the day and learned a wonderful new skill.



All Together an Outdoor Success!

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Groups from across Scotland came together in the grounds of Blair Castle on Sunday 24th September to celebrate Scotland’s diversity in the Cairngorms National Park at the Outdoor Festival for All.

The day was organised by Backbone CIC, a Social Enterprise that works with communities from all backgrounds to help and inspire them to get outside and engage with nature.

Blair Castle and Atholl Estate played host to the event which saw over 200 people come together and take part in a range of recreational and learning activities within the Cairngorms National Park.  Activities took place throughout afternoon and included bushcraft skills, cycling, animal handling and guided walks.

The day was a huge success as described by some of the attendees:

‘This is the best day of my life, I don’t want to go back!’  Young Syrian boy with the Welcoming Project.

‘Thank you for a lovely day, it has put a smile on people’s faces.’ Rainbow Group Falkirk

‘So much laughter and fun today with Backbone CIC at Blair Castle. Keep up the good work, a brilliant partnership.’ Eileen Stuart Head of Policy & Advice SNH

Backbone CIC ran the event to showcase the leadership talent of their Community Leadership Project participants.  This project was funded by the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Cairngorms National Park Authority Convener Peter Argyle said, “We are delighted to be working with Backbone on this event as we have a shared aim to ensure that the wonderful landscape of the Cairngorms is available for all to enjoy.  It was lovely to see so many people who have never had access to the National Park before being able to enjoy the uniqueness of the countryside and try new skills.”

Groups who attended included; Young Muslim Sisters and the Ahlul Bayt Scoiety from Glasgow, Hindu Mandir an Asian elders group from Edinburgh, the Welcoming Project – Edinburgh who work with Refugee & Assylum Seeker family groups, Dundee International Women’s Centre and the Yusaf Youth Initiative also from Dundee and the Rainbow Group – Falkirk that includes Multi cultural family groups.

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Junior Rangers help with PKC Forest Plan

Pitlochry Junior Ranger Scheme joined the Highland Greenspace Ranger on a cold but bright Sunday in December to carry out vital woodland management works.

They all helped to clear sycamore, which is spreading in particular in one corner of the woodland.  Using loppers and bow saws they cleared naturally regenerated trees.  Some even had a go at felling small trees, using tree felling techniques.  Watch this space as those involved will be writing their own blog.

If you are a group wanting to carry out work or a project in the great outdoors, the Community Greenspace team are here to help.

Hard-core Volunteers


For a while now the Highland Greenspace Ranger Jeannie Grant has been working with a Path Group, with the dedication and determination to meet regardless of the weather!  Today was no exception! The task started in the sunshine but soon declined into horizontal sleet, rain, hail and snow!  They persevered to get the path cleared of leaves and encroaching vegetation.

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A mile was cleared in a couple of hours.  They were not satisfied with the length achieved during this time and have organised a follow up task next week, so that it is all clear for the Christmas holidays to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.The group in question is the Pitlochry Path Group.

Why not come along or find out more by contacting Jeannie Grant on 07788 190876.  It is not only a good workout but you get a cuppa and a natter to!


Willow Butterflies

The Greenspace Ranger had a rare opportunity to work the PKC Youth Team in delivering the Youth Achievement award at Breadalbane.

The participants wanted to make connections with the Dalweem Care home and decided on plants and a feature.  The feature ended up being a butterfly made out of willow to representing dementia care .  The participants collected monies for plants that could be grown around or up the feature via a cake sale.  The butterfly and plants are to be presented to Dalweem Care home shortly, so watch this space for an update.


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Pitlochry Path Group – Garry Tummel Walk

Pitlochry Path Group spent two sessions fixing an important fence on the locally known Garry Tummel walk – the fence had been broken about 18 months ago by a fallen tree. 

The fence has provided support in icy conditions and helped to define the path in the past.  It was therefore a vital fence to mend.  The Pitlochry Path Group fixed the fence with precision and care (it was not a quick fix!) As a Ranger I am impressed in the care taken to repair the fence to the highest standard with the materials we had.  All the volunteers and the ranger learned something new, and we hope the fence survives another twenty years, without incident.


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