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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.
New animals in the park
A variety of animals have arrived at the park and some of them have made their first public appearance.
One by one they are taking up position on a route from the car park onto the north drive in one direction and in the other direction towards the south drive and Plean House.
The children's play area is where most of them congregate and make an ideal photo opportunity. A few of our new friends are pictured here but please come to the park and see all of them for yourself.
Path Works Event
Saturday 21st May 10am-3.30pm.
Paths for All is a Scottish charity who promote everyday walking as a way to a healthier, happier Scotland. They have an excellent website containing a host of information including Walking For Health and Community Paths together with details on support and funding.
A number of the Friends of Plean Country Park members have attended Paths for All courses at their National Path Demonstration site at Oatridge College near Linlithgow.
We are fortunate that Paths for All have agreed to hold a Community Paths event in Plean Country Park which is an ideal opportunity for volunteers to gain skills and contribute to improving and upgrading one of the paths within the park. The event is free and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
New facilities coming soon...
Watch this space for some new developments in the Park
Help save Loch Arkaig woodland
The Woodland Trust has launched a campain to purchase the Loch Arkaig Pine Forest.
The Loch Arkaig Pine Forest combines two areas of native Caledonian pine, oak and birch woodland. The 1,200 acre western wood, Coille a Ghuibhais ('the pine forest') and the 1,300 acre eastern wood, An t-Seann Fhrith ('the old deer forest') together comprise one of the largest remaining fragments of ancient Caledonian pinewood in Scotland.
Sadly, the forest has been left degraded, a result of the clear-felling of ancient woodland in the 18th century, the planting of non-native conifers in the 1960s and grazing by sheep and deer. The land also bears the scars of training exercises by the very first commando units during the Second World War.
Visit the Woodland Trust website for more information and see how you can help.