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3 Seasons in the Park - with visitors!
A View From Above
Some wonderful views over the park supplied by a keen young photographer Dan Tetstall taken using a drone.
Beat Around The Bush
We held our annual Make a Difference Day Rhododendron bashing event at Plean Country Park on 22nd October.
The Friends of Plean Country Park joined forces with the Rangers Service and spent the day chopping and burning rhododendron. These plants are a huge problem in the park as they take over the ground they grow on, preventing any of our native wild flowers from thriving and block the sunlight out. This directly affects all other wildlife in the food chain dependent on our native flora.
Burning the cuttings also provided a source to cook our baked potatoes which we had with chilli, cheese and beans. In some cases all the fillings on the same plate!! Plenty of refreshments, hot and cold with biscuits and sweets required for energy of course.
Grateful thanks to Volunteering Matters for grant funding which paid for the lunch for our band of volunteers and also paid for some new hi viz vests and tools.
Many thanks to everyone who came along to help out and we hope to see everyone again on the 4th December for the Christmas rhodie bash with a hot lunch and of course mincemeat pies.
Checkout the gallery below for pictures from the day:
Community Path Works Project
Due to many hours of hard work by our volunteers we have recently completed an upgrade of the Canter Section within the park.
This project was made possible thanks to a Community Path Grant from Paths For All who provide support, advice and training to community voluntary groups & registered charities such as community councils, development trusts and community woodland groups working in Scotland. Groups can apply annually for up to £1500 to improve, upgrade or maintain their local community path. The aim of the grant is to bring local communities and volunteers together to improve their local environment.
Members of the Friends Group joined forces with the Rangers Service, members of the Fisheries Team and were helped by some new volunteers from the community which was greatly appreciated. Everyone worked hard over the three days of the project, learned from one another and had some good laughs.
On day one we installed some new drainage channels at the top of the path and started to remove vegetation from the edges to return it to the original width.
On the second day we continued to clear vegetation from the edges adding about two feet to the current width then we made a start to putting a new surface of whin dust onto the path which had been badly damaged by months of rain.
Day three found us laying the remainder of the seven and a half tons of whin dust which we then compacted with a walk behind roller. The damaged section of the path has now been upgraded making the path usable and safe once more.
We hope to carry out further repairs next year.