7. VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL – Ally Donald from BRAN

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Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network maintain the core path network surrounding Blairgowrie. The group have over 30 fantastic volunteers who help with various tasks from cutting back, strimming, litter picking and a whole range of other tasks which BRAN lend their hand to.

One committed volunteer is Ally Donald. Even though Ally works full time and volunteers with a number of groups, he still finds the time to cut grass on several evenings a week, keeping the path network accessible. One such path is the 8 mile River Ericht path which is a mix between field edges and riverside paths. Ally is often seen on his trusty mower cutting the path and chatting to passers-by. He is full of enthusiasm and his nickname in the group is ‘Q’ for Quartermaster.

Ally also helps fundraise for tools and equipment. Recently co-ordinating the groups charity shop in May and organising a Fun Run along the river Ericht path.

If you would like to volunteer with BRAN. Please email group secretary Ian Richards on ian_richards2007@yahoo.com

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6. VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL – Celebrating 20 Blooming Years

Take a Pride in Perth & Kinross Association are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. To get the festivities underway the Association held a Garden Party at Perth Racecourse on Friday 1 June.

Past and present members of the 48 ‘bloom’ groups currently operating across the Perth & Kinross area turned out in their finery to enjoy the afternoon and we were honoured to be joined by the Provost and Deputy Provost.

Everything was perfectly planned – but this being Scotland, the weather didn’t co-operate! Not long after the formalities got underway a thunderstorm hit with rain in the proverbial biblical proportions. The lightning blew out the power in our marquee so our carefully laid plans had to be swiftly revised, but us ‘Bloomers’ are made of hardy stuff, our community spirit came to the fore, so a great time was had by all!

Congratulations not only to the winners of the Best Hat competition, but also to everyone who entered for brightening up the marquee!

Our thanks (and sympathies) to founder member Euna Scott, whose excellent presentation was cruelly cut short, and to the Rock Choir who had to perform ‘acapella’ and did so absolutely brilliantly.

Thanks also to Fergus Cook aka ‘David Douglas’, to cartoonist Neil Smith and to our organising committee aka Bill, Elspeth and Caroline.

Photographer Ian Potter of LightPress Media & Design also did a brilliant job despite impact of the weather on light levels, and his excellent a photo album of the event can now be viewed on Beautiful Perth’s Flickr site.

We couldn’t get the planned group photo because of the conditions, but copies of the other event photos are now available – go to the Flickr site (click the link above, hover mouse over the picture you want and you’ll see the photo number;  email monica@beautifulperth.org with the number(s) you want and she will forward them to you.

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Pictures (from left): Before the deluge; Provost Melloy; (below) Hats!

 

5. VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL – Make a Meadow at St Mags

beavers craigie hill 14th may 2018Summer has finally arrived and what better way to spend a beautiful evening than planting wildflowers at St Magdalene’s Hill to provide food for bees and butterflies in the coming months.

4A Perth Brownies  and 74th Perthshire Beavers joined 20180502_185726Greenspace Ranger Joanna on two evenings at St Magdalene’s Hill to plant wildflowers and both groups managed to plant a whopping 200 in less than an hour!

Very impressive work! We even had time for a game that involved learning about the animals that make St Magdalene’s Hill their home such as foxes and owls and involved the best worm impressions I have ever seen.20180502_184922

The flowers will transform the grass into a riot of yellow and white petals in the next few months.

Yellow Rattle, Ox Eye Daisy and Birds Foot Trefoil were planted to create a wildflower meadow and were kindly donated by the Tay Landscape Partnership, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A parent said, “My child really enjoyed it and in all the excitement came home with someone else’s kneeling mat”.20180502_185126

Another parent added, “My child loved it and learned a lot about a place we have never visited before, thank you!

Both the Beavers and Brownies will be back in late Summer to see how the flowers are looking and survey for butterflies.A big thank you to everyone who helped make this project happen including the Butterfly Conservation Trust for advice.20180502_184925

Volunteering allows you to try something new, make new friends and its fun! If you would like to help us on a Greenspace near you, please get in touch.

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4. VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL – Woodland Activity Sessions. Living with Dementia

Our woodland activity sessions are for people with early-stage dementia who are able to attend safely on their own or accompanied by someone to support them who want to take part in an innovative, exciting and fun ranger-led woodland activities.20180419_113928

 

During the 10 week programme, our small group and have the opportunity to try many different activities including:

  • Woodland walks and scavenger hunts
  • Creating habitats
  • Removing invasive species
  • Bushcraft
  • Fire lighting and woodland cooking
  • Environmental art
  • Photography and creating art from the woodland floor
  • Tree and bird identification

At the end of each session we create a new page in our memory book, have a look below at what we did in week 3!

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20180517_120124Our woodland sessions would not be possible without assistance from our dedicated volunteers.

Our current programme ends on the 14th June 2018. This has been a great success and we are likely to repeat the in the future.

If you are interested in coming along, or volunteering at our remaining, or future sessions please contact us.

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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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1. VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL: – National Volunteers’ Week. 1-7th June 2018

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.  It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

Here you’ll find inspiring volunteering stories, ways to get involved in the week, and free downloadable resources to help make your celebrations a success.

Here on our Greenspace Volunteer Blog we will be celebrating the diversity of our own volunteers throughout the week. Highlighting a different person or group each day.   If you would like to join in, please tag @perthandkinross #volunteers

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Volunteers’ Week themed days

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

All in a picture! Share your best volunteering pictures on Twitter and Instagram using #VolunteersWeek – the more diverse the better!

Monday 4 June

As well as tweeting about volunteering for all, we’ll also be saying happy birthday to the NHS – 70 this year!

Tuesday 5 June

We’ll be placing the spotlight on young volunteers.

Wednesday 6 June

Tweeting about all the ways volunteers get involved in sports and physical activity.

Volunteering for all

This year, Volunteers’ Week is about volunteering for all – celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways.

When thanking your volunteers this year, take a moment to remember each and every one of them. From trustees and campaigners to carers and fundraisers, this is a great time to think about the fantastic contribution all your volunteers make.