Perth Lade Update

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Photo: Richard Wilkins

Community Greenspace Partnership Officer Kirsty Scott is currently supporting 15 partnership projects throughout the Perth and Kinross area.  One of these projects is the improvement of Perth Lade.  Since starting work on the project in early summer 2017 we have achieved the following:

  • Removed dangerous trees and self-seeders and cut back branches effecting the street lighting,
  • Worked with the City of Perth Early Childhood Centre to design posters for a no littering/dog fouling campaign.  We also carried out planting of a bed at Rae Place, Perth with the pre-school group.
  • Vegetation clearance and litter removal has been carried out in the lade (we are governed by SEPA on the quantity and methods of removal)
  • Where required the fencing along some parts has been replaced and repaired.
  • Planted bulbs with Tulloch Blooming Lade, which will bring year on year colour to the area.
  • Tulloch Blooming lade carry out litter picks in the Tulloch area – they do have a Facebook page where you can view some of their work.
  • We provide groups with litter picks and gardening tools.
  • Working with Community Payback to arrange graffiti removal and the painting of railings.
  • We hosted our ‘Lade Action Day‘ on the 26 October 2017 with Balfour Beatty, PKC Operations Team and community volunteers from Beautiful Perth and other local groups.

Looking to the future we will be hosting our annual ‘Lade Action Day’ on Friday 26 October 2018.  Kirsty will also be working with Tulloch Primary School focusing on the lade improvements/history of the lade.

We are delighted with the work and progress so far and believe that this is the beginning of a great community partnership.

While our Operations team and community volunteers do a great job, they are often faced with reoccurring litter, fly-tipping and vandalism.  While we are committed to working on this with the resources we have available, we are reliant on the support and involvement of those who ‘love the lade’.

for more information, or to get involved. please contact Kirsty Scott or Joanna Dick (Perth Greenspace Ranger) through our contacts page

2. Volunteering for all: – The Lady of the Lade

“A number of friends and neighbours took local kids out for a litter pick and it became clear how much the kids loved the Lade. This enthusiasm drove us to get a bit of community funding, set up a Facebook page, plant bulbs, grow wild flowers and do a bit of landscaping.  It’s the kids enthusiasm that keeps us going.”

Janie Scott.

Day 2 of National Volunteer Week and we want to highlight Janie Scott; the enthusiastic Lady of the Lade who is helping to drive the Tulloch’s Blooming Lade project.

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PKC sourced tools for Tulloch’s Blooming Lade in 2017 and with support from Janie these have been put to good use; including weekend sessions clearing the area at the bridge in the hope that the wild flowers will grow again.

Bulbs were planted and have come into bloom this spring; these are very much appreciated by the community demonstrated by the positive responses when the group posted about them on their Facebook page.  The tulips in particular are stunning.

Thanks to the efforts of the group with litter picks and clearing the vegetation the wildlife in and along the lade is thriving with lots of lovely ducklings and the heron is a regular visitor, the group are also aware of a resident kingfisher and their Facebook page is packed full of photos of all of these.

If you use Perth Lade and would like to feedback on the future management please complete our survey below.

Lade Green Corridor consultation survey

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