For a few years now there has been a partnership approach between Rannoch Path Group and Ardeonaig Centre to work on the paths in the Rannoch and Tummel area. The Greenspace Ranger has joined this partnership, by providing tools, expertise and resfreshments. This has enabled a number of paths in the Rannoch and Tummel area to recieve annual maintenance and improvements over the last three years.
Part of the John Muir Award and their Duke of Ediburgh Gold we asked the participants of Ardeonaig to write a short article on the works they have completed in the area. They have been quoted saying “Rannoch was great”. Their summary of what they have done and learnt is as follows;
As part of our DofE Gold Residential, we undertook two days of conservation volunteering with Annie from the Rannoch Path Group and Jeannie, the PKC Community Greenspace Ranger. On the first day, we met at the Lassintulloch forest entrance and set off on the path to MacGregor’s Cave.
There was a lot of bracken growing at the sides, so we used bracken bashers to bruise the stems, which weakens the bracken if repeated over a number of years. We also used loppers to cut back some vegetation which was a trip hazard, as well as some overhanging branches by the stepping stones over the burn.
On the second day we cleared the Hillside Path in Kinloch Rannoch, again using bracken bashers and loppers. We also used bow saws to cut back some fallen trees which were across the path, and a scythe for the long grass. We loved using the tools!
The paths are in a beautiful area, and we hope that people will be able to use them walking side by side rather than just in single file.
Andrew, Guy, Michael and Will
Abernethy Ardeonaig Environment & Conservation DofE Gold Residential