On 5th December a group of 20 volunteers – both members of the pubic and council employees – gathered to plant 88 trees up at Viewlands Park in Perth. We were lucky with the weather as a window of relatively rain-free opportunity was open to us for the hour and a half we were there. It’s surprising how quickly you can plant that many whips with a good few hands to the task, and makes you think what a difference can be made while having fun out in the fresh air. Now we just have to hope that they will thrive in time and give all the good things: beautiful foliage, cleaner air, habitat for fellow creatures, and extra carbon sink in these times of climate uncertainty.
By the end, a steaming cuppa and a biccy were welcome rewards!
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.
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.
Although sunny, it was a cold wind and mugs of tea and chocolate brownies were much appreciated at lunch time.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org