The attractive loch-side beaches and surrounding scenic landscapes have drawn visitors to the shores of Loch Earn and St Fillans for many years, particularly on weekends when the weather is good. Unfortunately, not all visitors are responsible when out in the countryside, with large amounts of litter frequently left behind.
Organised by the St Fillans Gardening Group and Community Council, many residents were out last week to collect litter from the shoreline, laybys and paths before a new influx of visitors to the area. A fantastic effort was made to get the area much cleaner for both locals and visitors to enjoy. We absolutely love the area in which we live and welcome visitors from far and wide, but ask that when visiting that you love it like you live here too.
Saturday (25th) was the first task of the year for the Crieff Paths Group, who were delighted to be joined by a few new members. Armed with a full arsenal of spades, rakes, drainage rods and more, we tackled several of the drainage ditches and culverts along one of Crieff’s most popular paths; Lady Mary’s Walk.
Months (& years!) of leaf litter build-up and vegetation growth had filled in ditches and blocked off culverts. These require occasional maintenance so that water can run off freely without damaging or flooding the path.
Lady Mary’s Walk runs alongside the River Earn and the old dismantled railway. Some of the old railway drainage run offs are still in place, of which one had been overflowing and had started to affect the path. We managed to clear this out and could see immediately that the water was flowing correctly into the ditch and through the culvert into the Earn.
There is still some work to be done along Lady Mary’s Walk, and other paths in the Crieff area will require attention. The group plan to meet on the last Saturday of each month (usually 10.30-12.30) and hope to meet on Wed 19th Feb in addition to this.
If you would be keen to join in with the Crieff Paths Group on future projects, or would like to find out more, please contact the Strathearn Greenspace Ranger, Calum, on email@example.com, or the Crieff Community Trust on firstname.lastname@example.org (or check out their facebook page).
REMINDER: We also have a Paths Group Networking and Training Event in Pitlochry on the 27th Feb – book now to ensure your place!
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
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.
The canopy of the tree that the Shaky Bridge goes through will be removed in its entirety in the coming week (11th Feb). Preliminary works were carried out last week, with the remainder of the canopy scheduled to be removed (weather permitting) from Tuesday.
The decision to remove the canopy from the tree has been openly discussed and has the approval of the local community (via community council and development trust) and both landowners.
The rational for the removal of the canopy is the extensive rot in the limbs and the base of the tree present a real risk that the tree will fail, causing significant damage to the shaky bridge. Community Greenspace are working with the community council to secure funding to retain the bridge *and its shaky character, for generations to come.
It is important to note that the works will take place without formally closing the bridge, however if the area is roped off, path users are asked to prevent from accessing the site until advised by our contractor that it is safe to do so (no more than a few minutes).
Please contact Perth and Kinross Council, Community Greenspace if you require further information.
This blog is about my Tuesday volunteers! Alistair and Dave, both have been volunteering with the council for several years and they are a real asset to us.
The group works autonomously, allowing me to go and set out instruction, show them what to do, then leave them to carry out the work. They are highly skilled and more than capable of carrying out the work.
Both Dave and Alistair came to the council to build skills and experience whilst looking for employment, And I am delighted that Dave has since found employment with a local landscaping firm.
They enjoy a range of tasks within the park including weeding, vegetation management, water course management and litter picking. They are invaluable to us and carry out work that we just wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.
They are volunteers definitely worth recognition for Volunteer Week, and I would like to thank them for all their efforts within the park.
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After the huge success of their first task. The Auchterarder Core Paths Group decided to build on that momentum and hold a task to replant some trees, carry out a litter pick and clear the french drain.
The group had an amazing amount of volunteers turn up, with 14 on the day (a special thanks goes out to four helpers from BEAR Scotland). This meant that the tree planting was made light work of.
The group were planting some hawthorn and blackthorn that had been kindly donated by the Rotary Club.
They then picked up 9 bags of rubbish with even an old bicycle being found! Thank you to the community waste team for the loan of the litter pickers for this section.
Finally we started cutting some self seeded trees and removing grass from the French drain, although this didn’t quite get finished in the task so will be revisited at the next one!
Phase 2 of the Provost walk is progressing nicely and will hopefully be open in the coming weeks!
If you are interested in volunteering with the Auchterarder Core Paths Group then please contact Alan Dorman – Greenspace Ranger at 01738 475000 or email@example.com
Crieff Path Group were out recently with a trusty core group turning up to carry out some work on the lovers lane path from the Glenturret Distillery to Comrie Road (a special thank you to the distillery for allowing us to use their staff car park for our task).
The group weren’t fazed by the freezing cold conditions or the level of labour that was required for the task and achieved a fantastic amount of work. Clearing all the drains (several of which were well overdue a bit of maintenance) and getting them flowing again.
The group also used the leaf blowers to clear the path of mud and leaves that had built up over the winter. There is still some work to be done to the path but it is much better than it was and definitely worth a visit!
If you are interested in volunteering for with the Crieff Path Group contact Richard Armstong by email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Alan Dorman Greenspace Ranger 01738 475000