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Friends News

Take Care - Contractors in the Park


Contractors at Work and Path Closures

men at workAs part of the Beauly - Denny pylon mitigation works contractors are at work in a number of areas in the Park. They are improving the surfaces and as a result various paths will be closed for safety reasons until work is completed.

Look out for and obey any signage you see in the Park.

This work is creating a durable and accessible route through the Park as part of a new continuous  path network connecting the Eastern Villages. Surfaces will be upgraded and drainage improved, leading to a much better experience in the Park, especially during the winter months.

Please Don't Do This!

Inconsiderate parking can cause real safety issues

cars blocking gateway

The other evening a total of four cars were parked at the gateway to the North Drive, totally blocking the entrance - see above. People park here in the evening if they are going to be in the park after the gate closure time (currently 9:00pm).

It is extremely important that this access is kept clear - it is the only access to the interior of the park for emergency vehicles. If anyone has an accident or falls ill in the park at any time of the day or night this entrance will allow ambulance access to all the roadways within the park.

ND access Notice

Will drivers please ensure that they obey the signage on the gate and park considerately allowing free access to the entrance gate.

A View From Above

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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.Tool Talk from Jennifer

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.path011

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.