Morrison’s Academy Primary School JASS award in MacRosty Park

The Primary school pupils of Morrison’s Academy have been in the park recently. They have been completing their JASS volunteer award.

Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is a progressive learning programme for young people which has been designed to recognise wider achievement. A key aim has been to meet the challenges of the transition from primary to secondary but in practice it can be used at either level as well as with wider age groups in additional support need settings. The objectives of the JASS programme are aligned with the wider learning objectives of the Curriculum for Excellence, The Outdoor Challenge, and the National Curriculum, making it easy to run alongside and incorporate existing curricular activities.

JASS develops the whole individual by offering recognition in four key areas – regular physical activity (Get Active, Stay Active), exploring a personal interest (My Interests), working for the good of the community or the environment (Me and My World) and completing an outdoor activity or challenge (Adventure) and is designed so that participants move through the levels with increasing commitment, learning, and challenge.

They have been completing the Me and My World section of the award with the Perth and Kinross Ranger Service.

So far we have been weeding around the bandstand and also weeding some of the steps in MacRosty. With fantastic results as seen below (I must get better at getting before photos!).

They are assisting the community and supporting the environment while carrying out these tasks with us.

We have a few weeks together still left and we will be carrying out a range of activities such as weeding flower beds and litter picking; while also learning about the natural environment and it’s importance.

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Auchterarder Provost Walk: Planting and Path Maintenance

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.

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Tree Planting

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.

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Litter Picking

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 adorman@pkc.gov.uk

Perth Lade, March Litter Pick

 

“As the Community Greenspace Partnership Officer one of my community projects is the Perth Lade. We have been carrying out a number of different vegetation, tree and litter clearance works and are also working with local schools and community groups on different improvement projects.

This litter pick was one in a number of community litter picks that are carried out on the Perth Lade; this was on a much smaller scale than our action day carried out in October of 2017.  Regular litter picks/action days are to be planned for the future.

We will advertise our next litter pick soon, everyone is welcome to join”.

Kirsty Scott

 

 

Crieff Path Group on Lover’s Lane

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Clearing the drainage on Lover’s Lane

Crieff Path Group were out recently with a trusty core group turning up to carry out some work on the lovers lane path from the Glenturret Distillery to Comrie Road (a special thank you to the distillery for allowing us to use their staff car park for our task).

The group weren’t fazed by the freezing cold conditions or the level of labour that was required for the task and achieved a fantastic amount of work. Clearing all the drains (several of which were well overdue a bit of maintenance) and getting them flowing again.

The group also used the leaf blowers to clear the path of mud and leaves that had built up over the winter. There is still some work to be done to the path but it is much better than it was and definitely worth a visit!

If you are interested in volunteering for with the Crieff Path Group contact Richard Armstong by email richardarmstrong15283@gmail.com or contact Alan Dorman Greenspace Ranger 01738 475000

 

 

Behind the scenes

For a number of years there has been a partnership between Abernethy Trust – Ardeonaig Centre and Perth and Kinross Council. Participants from Ardeonaig help the Community Greenspace Ranger to complete Forest Plan works in the Birks of Aberfeldy and with Path Groups.

For the second year running the “Gappies” who work hard behind the scenes at Ardeonaig are getting the opportunity in completing their John Muir Awards.  This has also therefore involved a couple of trips to the Birks of Aberfeldy. In their own words…..

Team involvement in the John Muir Award at Abernethy Ardeonaig

The first part of the John Muir Award is to discover a wild place. Loch Tay is a large beautiful loch surrounded by an inspiring mountainous landscape with stunning trees scattered around it. In exploring it, we have canoed and kayaked on it, giving us hours of fun and entertainment. It is easy to see just how appealing the area is at first glance, as the shimmering water is virtually begging for attention. Here at Ardeonaig we have the privilege of having such a wonderful natural spectacle right outside our front door!

We went to the Birks of Aberfeldy to help Jeannie Grant for our conservation day. It is a forested area that also has beautiful waterfalls and path to walk on. Scotland’s national poet Robbie Burns wrote his poem The Birks of Aberfeldy about the birch trees here.

When people think of conservation, they tend to think about making or introducing something to the area to help it along, but we conserved the area by doing the opposite. We got rid of beech trees because they prevent other trees from growing properly. Beech trees are a massive problem at the Birks because they tend to dominate other species of plant and they multiply quicker than other trees. Jeannie gave us the tools to get rid of the beech trees that cover the paths and disrupt other trees from growing. We used tree poppers to get the trees out of the ground and used many types of saws including a bow saw and pole saw to cut down branches that are in the way of the path. The best tool to use was the tree popper because it took out the roots from under the ground so prevented more trees from growing. This could be quite hard work and a lot of the time you also needed to use a spade to help get the tree out of the ground.

One of the trees we were protecting was an oak tree sapling that had been damaged by a deer. We used some of the branches that we sawed off the beech trees to put around the little oak tree. We also helped protect a monkey puzzle tree by cutting back the trees around it to let more light in.

After quite a while of pulling out trees and cutting down branches we had cleared quite a bit, so we moved on to something different. We split into two groups and we both had to make a natural shelter out of whatever we could find. Then we learnt how to make fires in Kelly Kettles when out in the wild.

When we got back to Abernethy Ardeonaig, we took some of the baby beech trees and planted them in our grounds here. They are in the raised beds by the tool-shed, and in the future they will be planted in the hedge near where the archery range is. This is to help stop children from getting too near the maintenance zone when they are playing in the grounds.

It was a really good day and it was a great feeling of taking responsibility for our surroundings and knowing that other people and nature will benefit from our hard work.

Finally, to complete our Discovery Level Award, we prepared a presentation on what we had done, with anecdotes and photos, and presented it to the rest of the Abernethy Ardeonaig Team.

Esteban, Jakob, Katrin, Liane, Marvin, Murray & Will

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Caring for the Cairngorms – Perthshire

A unique partnership is being launched on Saturday the 20 January at Killiecrankie Village Hall.  Three separate Ranger services are joining forces to launch and run the “Caring for the Cairngorms – Perthshire” group, namely Perth and Kinross Council Community Greenspace, National Trust for Scotland ranger service and Atholl estates Ranger service.

The group aims to bring people to work on footpaths, habitats and wildlife and path surveys.  The group will meet twice a month at various locations. All tasks will start at 1000, with some of them finishing at 1230 and others at 1500.  It is a great opportunity to make a difference on your doorstep or an area you enjoy visiting.

“This new adventure would not be possible without staff from the Cairngorm National Park facilitating and administrating this venture. ” Jeannie Grant from Perth and Kinross Council Community Greenspace.171204KilliecrankiePoster

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.

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Provost Walk Path Preservation and Protection

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Volunteers hard at work

The Auchterarder Path Group have been working in partnership with Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust to upgrade the Provost walk on the west of the town the first phase was opened at the end of June and work is now underway on the second phase.

However the group had noticed on the first phase vegetation(creeping buttercup and leaf litter) had started to become a bit of an issue and it was damaging the path and making it more difficult to use.

The group decided to run a task and managed to get a great turnout for a first task of 11 volunteers which included workers from Bear Scotland. Although the day was driech  the groups spirits were not dampened(probably helped by the baking done by the group leaders) and they managed to get the path back to looking almost brand new again.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Auchterarder Path Group please contact the Greenspace Ranger for the area, Alan Dorman by email adorman@pkc.gov.uk or call 01738 475000

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/