John Muir Awards with Green Routes to Wellbeing

Over the last month the Crieff Green Routes to Wellbeing volunteers started progress towards achieving John Muir Discovery and Explorer Awards through their volunteering work at MacRosty Park and Lady Mary’s Walk in Crieff.

So far we have learned a bit about the history of John Muir, the Scottish-American naturalist who helped to found and protect the Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks as well as many other natural areas. Through his work and writings John Muir has inspired many conservationists in Scotland, USA and elsewhere around the world.

After talking about John Muir’s history, we then talked about what makes MacRosty Park so special to us, while walking around each part of the park. The variety of different habitats and species within the park were one of the main things that stuck out to us – from well-manicured flower beds with various flowering plants, to the wooded areas around the park with tall trees and the ground covered by wild garlic. We discussed how the maintenance that we do as a group contributes towards this variety and why it is important to have this amazing space just on our doorstep.

Last week we finished making a bug hotel out of recycled pallets, sticks, pine cones and other things found around the park. Even before construction was finished we could see some insects moving in! Can anyone think of a good name for out new hotel? We have also started to build some bird houses. After spotting several Robins, blue tits and other birds around the park, we have no doubt they’ll be well used once finished!

 

Grand Opening of Provost’s Walk

Everyone is welcome to join us at the opening of phase 3 of the Provost’s Walk in Auchterarder on Wednesday 3rd July at 2pm!

Starting south of the Public Park, off Western Road, the celebration event will begin at 14.00 with the ribbon cutting and shall then involve a visit along the path to the western end and back again.  The return distance is just over two kilometres and the path will be open to all non-motorised traffic – foot, bicycle, wheelchair/mechanical wheelchair, pram and horse.  This will be a great opportunity to meet with those involved, including funders, community path volunteers, and other members of the Auchterarder Community, some of whom have never visited this section of the path due to the poor condition of the surface, drainage and the narrow width plus difficult access at the western end. 

Make a Difference in MacRosty

MacRosty Park can only be maintained to a high standard with the help and support from visitors and the local community. 

If you have the time and would like to help out we invite you (weather permitting) to join us in the park on Wednesday 22nd May 10am – 12pm

Volunteers will remove duckweed & burr weed from the Lade watercourse and overgrown vegetation from the banking

All abilities welcome – Please note that this activity is not suitable for young children. Tools, Nets, Tea, Coffee and biscuits provided.  If you have your own waders please bring them as we have limited sizes available.

Flailing in Portmoak

On 22nd November we went out to meet the Portmoak Path Group, bringing along our “flail” – essentially a large grass cutter capable of cutting long and thick undergrowth. We were cutting the vegetation and grass along a 600m length of core path between Kinnesswood and Portmoak Moss, before it gets too overgrown. Despite a bit of rain, the flail made short work of the cutting while some volunteers used machetes to remove some bracken on the path edge.

The Portmoak Paths Group meets almost every week to maintain a variety of paths in the Kinnesswood/Baldegie area. If you would like to be involved, or to be put in contact with the group please contact Ranger Calum at cbachell@pkc.gov.uk

Natural Health Service – worth a read!

Please see the link below for a brilliant article that I found in the Guardian last weekend about the Natural Health Service.  The article focuses on groups in England. Did you know we have similar projects, led by our Greenspace Rangers, in our parks and open spaces? For more information on how you can get involved please contact us

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/02/natural-health-service-wildlife-volunteers-get-mental-health-boost

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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