5. VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL – Make a Meadow at St Mags

beavers craigie hill 14th may 2018Summer has finally arrived and what better way to spend a beautiful evening than planting wildflowers at St Magdalene’s Hill to provide food for bees and butterflies in the coming months.

4A Perth Brownies  and 74th Perthshire Beavers joined 20180502_185726Greenspace Ranger Joanna on two evenings at St Magdalene’s Hill to plant wildflowers and both groups managed to plant a whopping 200 in less than an hour!

Very impressive work! We even had time for a game that involved learning about the animals that make St Magdalene’s Hill their home such as foxes and owls and involved the best worm impressions I have ever seen.20180502_184922

The flowers will transform the grass into a riot of yellow and white petals in the next few months.

Yellow Rattle, Ox Eye Daisy and Birds Foot Trefoil were planted to create a wildflower meadow and were kindly donated by the Tay Landscape Partnership, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A parent said, “My child really enjoyed it and in all the excitement came home with someone else’s kneeling mat”.20180502_185126

Another parent added, “My child loved it and learned a lot about a place we have never visited before, thank you!

Both the Beavers and Brownies will be back in late Summer to see how the flowers are looking and survey for butterflies.A big thank you to everyone who helped make this project happen including the Butterfly Conservation Trust for advice.20180502_184925

Volunteering allows you to try something new, make new friends and its fun! If you would like to help us on a Greenspace near you, please get in touch.

When you tweet… please tag! #volunteersweek #PKCGreenVolunteers

More Fruit Trees for St Magdalene’s Hill

On a bright and sunny Saturday, 54 Perthshire Scouts (Auchterarder) joined Susan and Joanna on St Magdalene’s Hill to plant fruit trees as part of a wider orchard creation project. The trees were kindly donated to the South Perth Greenspace Group by the Tay Landscape Partnership and the Scouts planted the final trees.

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After the trees were planted, the group had to measure the materials and build the protective shelters to keep deer and rabbits away from the tasty fruit trees.

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Although sunny, it was a cold wind and mugs of tea and chocolate brownies were much appreciated at lunch time.

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A number of trees have been planted on St Magdalene’s Hill by the South Perth Greenspace Group as well as other tasks such as coppicing trees to encourage new growth. The group meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at Glenearn Community Campus and new members are always welcome.

 

 

 

Upper Tay Path Group

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The Upper Tay Path Group have always managed to get all the work completed without having organised task sessions.  However, with the exceptionally good growing weather, recent flooding and other issues cropping up, it has come to a point where it was required.  So over a short period three very different work parties happened.  In their own words the accounts are as follow;

Working Parties in action

Work is in progress on the Riverside Path (Wade’s Bridge to Comrie Bridge) and Camserney to Dull Path:

1) European Youth Camp

On 18th August a group of fifteen male and female  students from Spain, Germany and Scotland  together with three leaders put in a tremendous day’s work on the Riverside Path cleaning four bridges, staking and marking dangerous holes on the Lurgan Farm section(see below) and cutting back intrusive branches etc.

It was a damp day but using equipment provided by Jeannie Grant (PKC Greenspace Ranger)the students showed great determination and concentration.  Our thanks are due to them.

The bridges are now ready for some minor repairs during which the uprights will be capped. Subsequently the timbers will be treated with a preservative.

2) Minor Works

A number of small holes in the path surface started by moles (and possibly developed by dogs?!) in the path surface have been filled.

3) Lurgan Farm Section

On 8th September, members of the recently established volunteer Path Maintenance Group undertook their first working party.  They filled a substantial series of holes which we believe were started by a combination of small animals and flood water and then, probably, adopted and enlarged by beavers. We are grateful to the landowner for both providing the material and transporting it adjacent to the holes.  Additional pruning and lopping was also undertaken.

Well done the Volunteers !

4) Camserney to Dull Path

On 12th September, a group of pupils from Breadalbane Academy who are studying for a Rural Skills qualification, lead by Mr. Dougie Woodrow and supported by Jeannie Grant, cleaned the large wooden “horse” bridge at the Camserney end of the path and cut back nearby vegetation. A second visit will be scheduled to finish the job.

We are again very grateful to the students and hope that there will be further opportunities for them to practice their skills on path maintenance work.

If any reader would like to become involved with the group get in touch with Susan Duncan Millar (07909 723 115) or Martin Hill (01887 820 942).

Oaks are In

The 10th Perthshire Scouts planted a whole bunch of Oak seedlings on the back slopes of St Magdalene’s Hill in June.  The seedlings were some of the dozens donated this year by the McCash family of Viewfield, Perth – adding to the dozens already donated.

Each tree has the chance of living for 800 years and they will help to keep balance in the woods, which would otherwise be swamped with beech and sycamore.

The parent trees are the Oak street trees of Viewlands – if you have a picture of any of them please post it as a comment – we’d love to see it.

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