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On Tuesday 22nd, one of the volunteer groups in MacRosty Park in Crieff braved the wintery conditions to cut back some of the encroaching vegetation. The vegetation surrounding the toilet block had got to the stage where accessing the items stored behind the building was nearly impossible, not to mention being a bit of an eye-sore.

 

As seen in the before and after photos, there was quite a transformation! (not to mention the addition of more snow…)

If you would like to volunteer with community greenspace, or simply want to find out more please email communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

Provost Walk Grand Opening Phase 2

MVIMG_20180818_141154Auchterarder Sports and Recreation held an event a Primrose Park recently which celebrated their hard work and efforts in fundraising and creating phase 2 of the Provost Walk footpath. To date the path has had  £595,000 with in excess of £500,000 pounds needed to upgrade phase 3 – the most ambitious phase yet.

There was a very good turn out with support from lots of different organisations providing different experiences and showing how they supported the project in different ways from Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust  who supported the group in fundraising and delivery, to funders such as Sustrans, local councillors and also the contractor who delivered the works . There were some fantastic bikes t supported those with support needs as well electric bikes. The electric bikes are free to hire for Auchterarder residents at Synergy Cycles in the town which is a great resource for a local community to have.

Julia and Jane who are co-chairs of the group deservedly opened this phase of the path as it has taken a huge amount of their time and effort for it to come to fruition.

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It is great to see communities being celebrated for their hard work and here is looking forward to the completion of Phase 3!

 

Volunteer Nominated for Path Group Volunteer of the Year!

IMG_20170930_132318_resized_20171003_043706419We have some great news.

One of the volunteers we support has been nominated as Paths for All Path Group Volunteer of the Year.

David is a member of the Crieff Community Trust Path Group and also regular out with our Crieff Green Routes Group

David said:

“I just love being outdoors with nature – and seeing how I’m helping to breathe life back into the land and paths in the local area just spurs me on.  Five years ago, I retired from the Forestry Commission and moved to Crieff.  I’m really chuffed to be nominated for the award and as a ‘newbie’ up here, I really feel as though I have been accepted. When I moved to Crieff the newly formed path group were looking for volunteers and I hoped that with my forestry background spanning some years, I might be of some use.”

Dave is so valuable in the volunteering he does in the Crieff area and we are thrilled that Dave has been nominated for this award. Good luck!

 

 

Dunkeld Volunteer Celebration

On Thursday 7th June 18 volunteers from across Dunkeld and the surrounding area were invited to an evening of celebration at the Birnam arts centre.

The evening was organised to take place during volunteer week which is a national celebration of volunteers. All the volunteers who participated had been invited along after being nominated by the residents of Dunkeld and the surrounding area.

Local fiddler Pete Clark introduced the evening by playing his fiddle and sharing some stories, this was followed by the presentation of the awards to 12 groups and 6 individuals. After the presentation it was great to hear from the nominees about why each individual or group deserved to be nominated. As the formal part of the evening came to a close,  guests were treated to a buffet and wine giving the volunteers a chance to network and make valuable connections with the wider volunteering community.

The evening was organised in partnership with many organisations which form the HIPSHIRE network. The event could not have happened without the generosity of the community, the Birnam Arts and the organising group especially Lidia and Evelyn for their support in getting the word out about the event plus sending out all the invites. It is hoped the event can become a regular fixture in the volunteering calendar should this be a wish of the community.

 

 

 

Scone Park Pond Spring Clean

20180413_141148Scone Park pond was given a spring clean on Friday 13th April and although the date maybe unlucky for some, no one fell in the pond so proved lucky for us!

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A group of local residents helped extract litter from the pond edges using extended litter pickers. We will go back into the pond in October to remove some of the vegetation when pond insects have stopped breeding and will collect the litter in the centre of the pond then. The pond was busy with bird life – mallard ducks, moorhen and the swans were guarding their newly constructed nest.

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A big thanks to everyone who came along on the day. We are gauging interest in a volunteer group to help with tasks in Scone Park and wider Scone area such as footpath maintenance and keeping paths clear from vegetation. If you are interested, please get in touch with Greenspace Ranger Joanna Dick by emailing JoannaDick@pkc.gov.uk

Celebrating Volunteering in and around Dunkeld.

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Nomination forms are out now for the Dunkeld Volunteer Celebration which takes place on  7th June 2018. The celebration is a great opportunity to nominate volunteer’s and groups from the communities of  Dunkled, Birnam, Trochry, Inver, Dalguise, Murthly, Caputh, Spittalfeild and Butterstone.

It is hoped the celebration will showcase the valuable contribution volunteers make to the local community.

If you know of any local volunteers or groups who deserve recognition, please nominate them on the attached form.

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Dunkeld Volunteer Award Nomination Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brickhall Community Garden – work starts in spring 2018

Bridge of Earn’s volunteer group Brig in Bloom has announced that their project ‘Bridging the Past’ enters its final phase this spring, with the creation of the new Brickhall Community Garden.

Brickhall Community Garden

The project – which celebrates the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology – has received generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Council’s Community Environment Challenge Fund, the Innogy Renewables UK’s Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Fund, Awards for All and TESCO Bags of Help.

Funding enabled Bridge of Earn residents and pupils from Dunbarney and Kilgraston Schools to share and record stories about the village’s farming heritage between the 1940s and1960s.

The final part of the project will create a garden which reflects the village’s history. As well as paths and seating, the garden design includes dry stone walling and traditional native plant species. A ‘listening post’ will provide recordings of residents’ memories and the sounds of days gone by. The garden will provide a haven for wildlife and offer everyone a tranquil place to relax.

Landscaping work will be undertaken by a contractor whilst volunteers will plant up the new garden with specially selected shrubs and plants. Work is expected to take place between April and June. It will culminate in a special opening event so that everyone who has taken part in the project – more than 100 so far – can celebrate their achievements.

Driving force behind the project is local community group Brig in Bloom, led by Avril Fulton, who said: ‘Brig in Bloom is very excited to the see their vision come to fruition. We thank everyone for their support. However, we are sad that local project champion George Smith has passed away recently. We intend that the garden will also be a fitting memorial for his contribution to our community.’ For more information please contact Avril Fulton a.f.fulton@icloud.com

Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy commented:

“Community groups such as Brig in Bloom contribute significantly to improving their local areas through volunteering and a desire to make a positive difference. My sympathies go out to George Smith’s family, friends and fellow volunteers – I am sure the Brickhall Community Garden will be a very fine reflection of his commitment to Bridge of Earn.”

Brig in Bloom strapline

Download the plans below:

C1616.001D Balmanno Community Garden

C1616.004 Brickhall Existing

Cara Modern Apprentice

Hi I’m Cara. I have been with the Community Greenspace Team since January as a Modern Apprentice. I am also studying part-time for a degree in Geography and Environmental Science and have a keen interest in the outdoors.

While working with the team I will be completing a Business and Administration Modern Apprenticeship, and mainly working on Park Events and Football. I am also keen to be involved with the community and helping the Greenspace Rangers.

So far I have processed many event applications, all happening in parks throughout Perth and Kinross, I have been involved in site meetings and have had the opportunity to drive an electric car!

I have also been out of the office and helped the greenspace rangers and volunteer groups, by putting posters up, updating signs and tree planting.

I am looking forward to working with the team more and gaining valuable skills and knowledge of Greenspaces throughout Perth and Kinross.