Environmental Art Sessions

As part of Kids Week in Crieff Celebrations, Community Greenspace Ranger, Richard arranged an environmental art activity for children in MacRosty Park.

The activity consisted of children using natural materials to make pictures of living things that they might find in the park. The materials they used were all from the park as well.

Here are some of their creations, can you figure out what they are?

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We are told that one of these creations is of a Pokemon???!

Can some please educate our Rangers and let them know what a Pokemon is? What is it’s usual habitat? Is it a protected species?? Do we have many in our parks?? Will do we know if we stand on one!? 

If you see a Pokemon in our Parks, please share your photos with @PerthandKinross #loveyourgreenspace 


6th Green Flag for MacRosty Park


We are delighted to announce that MacRosty Park in Crieff has been awarded a Green Flag for a 6th year!

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, has welcomed the announcement which saw 70 successful parks being celebrated as 2016 award winners

Ms Cunningham visited MacRosty Park in Crieff today (Thursday 21 July) to celebrate it receiving the award for the sixth year running. Members of the Friends of MacRosty Park, Green Routes to Wellbeing and Perth and Kinross Council were on hand to celebrate how their hard work has helped to shape and improve this significant local space.

Councillor Michael Williamson, vice-convener of the Environment Committee of Perth & Kinross Council, said:

We are delighted that MacRosty Park has been awarded its sixth Green Flag Award by Keep Scotland Beautiful. It is an important public space in the heart of Crieff, and has proved invaluable as a venue for events and educational activities for the local community. Quality green spaces such as this are an important natural resource and bring great enjoyment to residents and visitors alike.


All parks are assessed by volunteer judges with a background in parks management, conservation or ecology. Applicants are judged against testing criteria which includes assessing whether the park or green space is welcoming, safe, well-maintained and secure.

I would like to add a personal thank you from me (Ros) to everyone who helps in the park, in particular in the build up to the green flag assessment and celebration.  We got muddy, got wet (and sunburned) and hopefully we had fun regardless.  This would not have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of the volunteers and the Friends of MacRosty Park (past and present) and we are all incredibly grateful for their commitment.


MacRosty Park Volunteer Plantings (III)

Our brilliant volunteer group “Green Routes to Wellbeing” were busy in MacRosty Park last week getting our summer bedding into the flower beds at the Pavilion Café.  We hope that you agree that the volunteers new t-shirts look top-notch and the flower beds look brighter and more beautiful than ever!

If you would like to get involved with volunteering in MacRosty Park, or you would like more information about Green Routes to Wellbeing please contact Richard Armstrong (Greenspace Ranger) here

MacRosty Park Volunteer Plantings (the story so far…)

I wanted to share some photographs of our wonderful volunteers in MacRosty Park who braved the torrential rain on Thursday 19th May to help Community Greenspace and the Friends of MacRosty Park gap-up the roadside beds and the Tea Garden.

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Don’t forget you can join us on Saturday 21st May, 10.30-2.30pm to further titivate the park… Volunteering Opportunity – MacRosty Park, 19 & 21 May 2016

The Recycle Challenge

The Zero Waste Highland Perthshire Officer and the Bike Station in Perth have set a challenge to the Highland Area Ranger to recycle tyres from bicycles! Not the inner tubes but the actual tyre! In return a large amount of inner tubes from bicycles will be provided to put up bird boxes in two parks (Pitlochry recreation ground and Memorial Park in Blair Atholl).

With the challenge set, Jeannie decided to use the tyres cut up in sections as hinges of the bird boxes made at the Gala Day at Pitlochry recreation ground and at the Cairngorm Park Nature Festival weekend in Blair Atholl. Road bike tyres worked fine but mountain bike tyres were too chunky! So with half of the challenge completed the thinking cap needs to go on how mountain bike tyres can be recycled!

Blooming Inspirational!

I attended the official opening of two Bloom projects in Perthshire last week on behalf of Community Greenspace, and I felt these community efforts to be truly inspiring, I hope you do to!

The Keir Bridge project ( officially opened on Friday the 6th of May ) has transformed a dark area of woodland in to a welcoming area by the Keir Burn, whilst safeguarding and enhancing the natural beauty of the area.

A massive well done Sheila Shaw and Keith Lawrence in particular,  for their efforts in ensuring that the project was delivered so successfully.  Further plans are afoot to install Red Squirrel boxes, and we await the flourishing of wild flower areas.  It is very evident that this area will enjoyed by all generations to come.

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And then in the glorious sunshine, off to Abernethy in Bloom and the official opening of Nurse Peattie’s Garden ( 7th of May ).  Again a transformed area with so many special touches, commemorating the life of the local district Nurse, Elizabeth Peattie who served this Perthshire community from 1936 to 1963 and travelled on her trusty bicycle.  A real village effort with enchanting planting by a relatively new bloom group – led by Caroline Boyle and Ian Lamond.

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Resplendent Rodney Gardens

Here’s a little taster of the wonderful display of the sight that awaits you at Rodney Gardens, Perth. We think that the gardens are going to look pretty spectacular this summer!

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The great majority of the work in planting up the Heather Collection at Bellwood Riverside is due to the wonderful folk who volunteer there, who have been assisted on occasion by the Community Payback Team.

From our wee photo collection you can begin to get a glimpse of the vast amount of planting which was involved over the past few seasons.

The volunteers are now concentrating their collective energy on the herbaceous plantings at the more formal gardens and have an eye on nearby Norrie Miller Walk across the bridge.

We can’t wait to see it all come together!

In addition to the magnificent plantings, Rodney Gardens on the Dundee Road, has a lovely collection of artwork, plenty of greenspace to enjoy, lots of seating and great views across the river.

If you’d like to get involved in helping to bring life back into some tired greenspace in your area, please get in touch with us at communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk


6 months in Community Greenspace

I started working with the Community Greenspace team in mid-January, after studying Ecological Science at Edinburgh University. Within my first month I had managed to visit many of the countryside sites in Perth & Kinross (some of which were hidden under several inches of snow), walked a few of the core paths and got knee-deep in a pond in Blairgowrie with the conservation volunteers.

I was fortunate enough to be involved in several exciting projects over the last few months. This included photographing and grading some of the core path networks (sometimes accompanied by my own ‘volunteer’ – Sula), giving a hand in the amphibians in drains project with TayARG, helping with the salmon in the classroom, and creating this blog to promote and recognise volunteering with Community Greenspace.

Some of the most rewarding and enjoyable work that I was able to do involved working alongside the conservation volunteers – whether it was emptying tree-cages in Black Spout woods, Pitlochry, clearing out ponds in Blairgowrie for amphibians, planting with local bloom groups, or beech tree pulling on Kinnoull hill, Perth. I found the volunteers were very eager, committed and overall really nice people to work alongside.

I was lucky enough to get opportunities to get my camera out, not only letting me get some good photos but allowing me to hide on the other side of the lens!

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Now that my contract with the council has ended I am moving to Tromsø in northern Norway to study for a masters degree. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working here, and no doubt the experience gained will prove to be invaluable further down the line.