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Friends News

Path Works Event

Saturday 21st May 10am-3.30pm.

Paths for All Training CoursePaths 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 21Oatridge 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.

 To book a place on this course please go to the Paths for All website click here or use our Contact Us page.

New facilities coming soon...

Cabin 001
Watch this space for some new developments in the Park

Help save Loch Arkaig woodland

WoodlandTrust logoloch arkaig sun tree

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.

Celebrating Scotland's Walking Champions.

Our regular Monday Health Walks have now finished their fifth season but will return after the winter break.

This year the Plean Health Walk was nominated for a Paths for All award as the Health Walk Group of the Year and our line manager Tricia Cumming of the Stirling Walking Network was nominated as Volunteer Manager of the Year.

Tricia receiving her award

As a satisfying end to our walks for this year we were invited to a reception at the Scottish Parliament "Celebrating Scotland's Walking Champions" on the 4th November.

Although Plean didn't ultimately win the group award we were delighted to be with Tricia to celebrate as she received her award as Volunteer Manager of the Year.

Walking reduces the risk of many diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes so we would encourge everyone to go for even a short walk as often as possible.

During the winter months in the park some of the paths can become dangerous as the weather takes it's toll. Great care must be taken on any muddy or icy surfaces particularly if you are out walking on your own.

Keep safe and enjoy the park!

CSV Rhoddie Bash January 2014

Volunteers clearing rhododendronsOn Saturday 11th January the Friends together with the Rangers and other willing volunteers convened in the spruce wood for a spot of rhoddie bashing.

This event replaced the pre-Christmas event which was cancelled because of bad weather.

Luckily the weather was good, the rain stayed off and as a result a considerable area of invasive rhododrons was cleared from under the standing trees.

 Woodland cleared of rhododendrons

The cut material was destroyed by burning, and the resultant bonfire came in very useful for heating the post Christmas mince pies at lunchtime. These were in addition to the very welcome homemade soup and hot rolls kindly funded by CSV.

The picture on the left shows the results of our labours. The wood is now opened up and light can now reach the forest floor encouraging native regeneration.