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.

PKC Participatory Budgeting

Have you heard about Participatory Budgeting?  Also known as PB ….

It enables residents to decide how public money should be spent in their communities.  The Scottish Government supports PB as a way of empowering communities and is funding local projects.

Please follow the link below for information on forthcoming events in Perth and Kinross and see how you can access some of this funding.

http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/18762/Participatory-Budgeting-Perth-Kinross-Decides-

I hope this helps support the fantastic work that you all do.

Community Greenspace

Ally Donald – PFA Community Path Volunteer of the Year 2017

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PKC would like to extend our congratulations to Ally Donald from Blairgowrie And Rattray Access Network (BRAN) for winning Paths For All’s Community Path Volunteer of the Year 2017.

We are delighted for Ally, who is one of  the busiest volunteers in Perth & Kinross (if not Scotland) and makes regular appearances on this BLOG.   Ally’s willingness to get ‘stuck-in’ whatever the weather has ensured that the path network in and around Blairgowrie and Rattray remain open and usable all year round.

Use the link below Read more about Ally – and have a peak at the brilliant photo that shows some of the other members of BRAN sharing Ally’s joy at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 25th October.

PFA website

Path Group Networking & Training Event

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PLEASE BOOK BEFORE FRIDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 

Perth & Kinross Council & Paths for All have arranged a gathering for our paths groups and other interested groups at Battleby Conference Centre on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th November 2017 at (10am-3pm).

Download the schedule for the two days here: PK Path Group Gathering Schedule Nov 17

This is an excellent opportunity to pick up skills from fundraising to futureproofing as well as a chance to be trained on some useful equipment/tools. Should you wish to come along please sign up via the link below and feel free to forward this invite to any other interested groups.

Tuesday 14th = Fundraising for community projects (bring your current application with you for additional support)

Wednesday 15th = Practical skills and experience.  Learn to use power tools such as Flail, Strimmers and Leaf Blowers and how to maintain them.  (Join us at 9:30 am for a hot breakfast roll to get things going) 

Come to both days, or the one that suits your needs best.  BOOKING ESSENTIAL to confirm catering.

https://pkcvolunteers.wordpress.com/perth-and-kinross-community-path-groups/path-group-networking-part-2-booking/