Short paths, HUGE improvement

Pitlochry path Group would like to share their activities of 2016, which shows the partnerships developed by the group and have aided them to progress a number of initiatives in their patch.

“The Path Group has had a busy and constructive 2016 summer.  The group consists of a mixed bunch of volunteers with a varied range of skills and is organised as a sub group of Pitlochry in Bloom.

In addition to our regular path strimming at the Recreation Ground, Kinnaird and Edradour we have tidied up a path at the Cuilc and cut in new drainage, have repaired pot holes and installed new drainage in the Black Spout Woods, cleaned up the aluminium bridge and made further improvements at Lady’s Dell.

Our major task completed in the last few months was to upgrade the path which runs from Lagreach Brae to Loch Faskally.  With financial help from both the Andie Millar Trust and Enchanted Forest Community Trust the group framed the path and with very valuable assistance from the Pitlochry High Junior Rangers moved, raked and rolled 13 tonnes of stone over a two- day period.  The results of our labours should make the walk much easier over the winter period.

The Group has been instrumental in persuading SSE to construct a new multi access path from the new Visitors Centre car park to Loch Faskally.  We understand that the new path will be open when the Visitors Centre opens and should allow wheelchair access to the fantastic views across the loch.

Also, with much administrative effort and with the very generous help from Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Challenge Fund a 300 metre stretch of path was upgraded at Edradour.  A contractor, Duncan Maclean was engaged to carry out the works.  This is a great improvement to the local core path network.

Our members meet every second Thursday and are ably assisted by PKC Greenspace Ranger, Jeannie Grant.  The group is always happy to receive help from new volunteers – absolutely no technical knowledge is required.  If you fancy spending a few hours in the fresh air, helping maintain the path network, meeting new folk and making new friends don’t hesitate to contact Jeannie Grant on 01887 822 425 or via communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk.”

Ian Sim

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Path Surveying – Pitlochry FREE TRAINING!

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We are delighted to be working in partnership with Paths for All to deliver a day of training in Path Surveying for Community Path Groups, on Thursday 22nd October 2015 in Pitlochry.

We have a limited number of spaces remaining on the course and we hoped it might be of interest to you, or to someone within your path group or community.

The course will cover:

  • Path construction, function and features
  • Path surveying (theory) – providing the knowledge and skills to produce a design (bill of quantities, specifications, cross-section drawing) for getting prices from contractors for larger path works.
  • Path surveying (practical) on a local path

Lunch will be provided and the event is free to attend.

The course will be of particular interest to groups who have larger path projects in mind that will involve contractors. However we are confident that the skills and knowledge gained will be of use to anyone who maintains, monitors and manages their local paths.

Please contact Rosslyn Mills – rmills@pkc.gov.uk  as soon as possible, if you wish to attend.

Pitlochry Path Group – Garry Tummel Walk

Pitlochry Path Group spent two sessions fixing an important fence on the locally known Garry Tummel walk – the fence had been broken about 18 months ago by a fallen tree. 

The fence has provided support in icy conditions and helped to define the path in the past.  It was therefore a vital fence to mend.  The Pitlochry Path Group fixed the fence with precision and care (it was not a quick fix!) As a Ranger I am impressed in the care taken to repair the fence to the highest standard with the materials we had.  All the volunteers and the ranger learned something new, and we hope the fence survives another twenty years, without incident.

Jeannie.

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Grass cutting season is here!

Training by the experts

Training by the experts

New skills into action

New skills into action

Pitlochry Path Group – Grass cutting training.

Partnership working between Community Greenspace Ranger, Jeannie Grant, and Friarton Grounds Maintenance Squad saw seven Pitlochry Path Group volunteers getting trained up on Grass Cutting for the Pitlochry Path Network.

The Group were shown how to load the cord and use the strimmers safety. Some volunteers were that enthusiastic that they persisted in the heat of the day to get the Right of Way between Aldour Bridge and the Pitlochry Recreation ground grass cut.

If your group would like to receive training please contact your local ranger or communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk.