Path Auditors making a difference.

Path groups in Highland Perthshire have always been encouraged to audit their paths.  Every group does it differently but each method works!

During lockdown people were encouraged to take daily exercise once a day and that message should not be lost as we come out of lockdown.  During these daily walks the Pitlochry Path group sent the Community Greenspace Ranger photos of access, signage, and vegetation issues.  This has enabled remote decisions to be made on what further action was required and how the issue could be resolved.

One such example is that of a snapped fingerpost on the Clunie path and Strathtay Way (also part of the Rob Roy Way).  During Phase 1 a household volunteer from the Pitlochry Path group was able to replace the fingerpost. This was achievable by having a small stock of replacement posts available for path groups, and by the volunteer using their own tools.  A hand made Rob Roy Way logo was created as the original had disappeared.  As lockdown and travel restrictions have eased this route has now been properly way-marked.

If you want further information on Path Auditing or volunteering for a local path group please contact .

3. VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL – Tuesday MacRosty Volunteers

Volunteer and GS van (16)

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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Highland Volunteer Celebration Pitlochry – nominate your brilliant volunteers!


Partnership working through the Hipshire Network enables a number of organisations to work together to promote the numerous volunteering opportunities available in Highland Perthshire.

Hipshire are planning an event to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work done by volunteers in Highland Perthshire. This event was held was in 2016 in Aberfeldy – an evening event where all nominated volunteers and a friend/partner were invited to the Aberfeldy Town Hall.  This event was hosted by paid workers from a variety of fields.  Live music was played and refreshments provided.  Groups and individuals received certificates with an explanation of why they had been nominated.  The event was a great success and has started the formation of closer networks and brought new volunteers to worthy projects.

Following this success, the event is being organised again this year but in two locations.  The first is to be held in Pitlochry on the 1 June and we are looking for nominations of groups or volunteers that have made a difference in the Pitlochry area and the surrounding villages of Killiecrankie, Blair Atholl, Rannoch, and Ballinluig.

The second event will be held in Aberfeldy again at the end of the year.

If you want to nominate a group or individual please contact 01738 459701 or . The deadline for individual and group nominations is the 15 May 2017. Nomination forms and further information can be downloaded below. 

As ever there is a lot of organisation in these event and the partners involved want to make sure it is what the communities would like.  Therefore, any input would be much appreciated.


Review of Our Blog in 2015

Our blog was viewed about 4,400 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.We are really pleased with the response we have had in 2015, and delighted with the enthusiasm and energy our writers have brought to the page.

We hope you continue to visit and enjoy our stories in 2016.

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International Volunteers Day

We may have missed International Volunteers Day which was celebrated on Saturday 5th December, but we couldn’t have written a better message of thanks to our own volunteers than the one recently published on the FromScotlandWithLove blogsite. I’ll offer you this quote from it and then let you read it at your leisure.

“If you are a volunteer, never underestimate how valuable you are. It doesn’t matter how big or small your contribution or what the cause you choose to give your time to – the fact that you are doing it makes the world a better place. Don’t compare what you give to what others give, everyone is in a different circumstance and always remember that even if you can change one thing for the better, make one person smile, that is what is important. That is what is invaluable. That is what inspirational.”

Inspirational stuff, indeed!