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Friends News

Seasons Greetings

 

         WITH THANKS TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS FOR ALL THEIR SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

christmas natureThe park is open as usual during the Christmas break however the toilet block is closed due to burst pipes as a result of the recent cold weather and will open again on the 8th January weather permitting.

 Enjoy the park during the Festive Season and be careful on some of the paths which are a bit muddy.

 

                                                     

 

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

Drone 1 reduced

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: