In Perth and Kinross there are a total of two full time rangers and three part time rangers covering an area of 5,286 km, the fifth largest area covered by a Council in Scotland.
Although every ranger service is unique, throughout Scotland we all have some common aims which are to engage with people of all ages and encourage all to use green spaces.
In Perth and Kinross we are taking the lead in working with community groups, in particular path groups, health and well being and dementia groups. Our work also contributes to the Scottish wide statistics as shown on the poster below.
If you are interested in finding out more about the work we do or want to volunteer in one of the many groups please do get in touch.
The Auchterarder Path Group have been working in partnership with Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust to upgrade the Provost walk on the west of the town the first phase was opened at the end of June and work is now underway on the second phase.
However the group had noticed on the first phase vegetation(creeping buttercup and leaf litter) had started to become a bit of an issue and it was damaging the path and making it more difficult to use.
The group decided to run a task and managed to get a great turnout for a first task of 11 volunteers which included workers from Bear Scotland. Although the day was driech the groups spirits were not dampened(probably helped by the baking done by the group leaders) and they managed to get the path back to looking almost brand new again.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Auchterarder Path Group please contact the Greenspace Ranger for the area, Alan Dorman by email email@example.com or call 01738 475000
Over the last few years the Community Greenspace Ranger has been purchasing tools for local groups to use. These hand tools have been loaned out to a Bloom Group, Paths Groups and even the Gaelic Class in Breadalbane – all in a week!
Jeannie the ranger stated “it is great to see the tools used by all the local groups but please book in advance what you want to borrow. Where appropriate it is best for local groups to source their own tools via either recycling unwanted of fundraising for new”.
Being a Greenspace Ranger doesn’t mean that you meet with wildlife every day, but there’s always the off-chance that if you keep your senses aware and your eyes open, you might just get lucky.
Here’s a lovely dog-fox I caught on camera yesterday near Maryburgh, south of Kinross.
As he came across the field towards me, I stood perfectly still. I happened to be downwind of him, with my back to the sun, so he wouldn’t have seen me standing there. He came right across the field in front of me and after I’d taken a couple of photos, I made a deliberate noise to watch his reaction. He stopped and sniffed the air, though I doubt he could smell anything unusual. Nevertheless he turned and trotted unhurriedly back across the way he came. As he passed under the fence at the other side I happened to notice another large fox, perhaps the vixen, too far now for my poor camera skills.
Saying that, I captured this lovely view of Loch Leven with Vane hill just right of centre, around about the same time yesterday.