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3 Seasons in the Park - with visitors!
Celebrating National Play Day
Wednesday 3rd August 2016, 12-3pm
Stirling Council Play Services are celebrating National Play Week in Plean Country Park.
The event is free and all ages are welcome however under 8's must be accompanied by an adult.
Fun environmental games and art activities in the park Explore and investigate mini beasts and bugs using our bug hunting kits.
Make your own headdress using natural foliage. Create and make your own small clay animals or do printing and painting activities.
For further information contact Play Services on 01786 233993/4/5/6.
Orchids on the meadow
We are fortunate in Plean Country Park to have one of the best displays of Greater Butterfly Orchids (Platanthera chlorantha ) in Scotland. This plant with its lovely vanilla coloured flower spikes grows in old meadows and other unimproved grasslands and during the months of June and July appear in the meadow in large numbers.
The plants are most densley populated in the main meadow situated in front of Plean House which is why this area was the obvious choice for the recently installed carving of the butterfly orchid and the moths which pollinate the plant.
Each year volunteers count each and every flower spike and this year has been no exception. Following the count last weekend it has been found that the number has increased overall this year to about 2800 however the annual report is not yet available. If you would like to know a bit more about these wonderful plants or are interested in their management, you may be interested in the report produced by Jennifer Davidson following last years count.
BBQ and AGM
On the 21st June the Friends Group held their annual event in the park. The AGM provides an opportunity to review what we have achieved over the last year and the BBQ is a way of thanking our volunteers, members and funders for their support throughout the year.
We were joined by Cllr Danny Gibson and members of Stirling Council Communities Team for the evening and thankfully the weather stayed dry while we enjoyed our BBQ outside after which we moved into the new outdoor classroom to hold our AGM.
As well as working closely on projects with Stirling Council during the year, our volunteers and members have taken part in practical conservation days when they have carried out pruning of the park's fruit trees, hedge weaving and trimming, rhododendron clearance and path repairs.
We have been able to provide community pathswork training through our partnership with Paths For All, provide lunches and refreshments to volunteers thanks to funding from Volunteering Matters and fudraising has provided the funding to pay for insurance for our volunteers and our tools and equipment.
If you would like to get involved with the Friends group please contact us.
This group picture is courtesy of Stirling Council and taken from an article featured on their website. To read more about what they have to say about the Friends of Plean Country Park see the Council News item.