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Friends News

CSV Make a Difference Day

CSV Volunteers for web

This year the national action day was a joint venture held in the park on Saturday 27th October. The Friends group joined forces with Forth Valley Orchards and the Ranger Service to organise what was a successful and enjoyable day, with the Rangers providing a BBQ lunch.

Forth Valley Orchards funded an expert to provide training within the walled garden to a dozen local people on pruning and maintenance of fruit trees while two groups of volunteers worked on tasks. One group prepared some ground around the Gamekeepers Cottage for wildflower planting and the other continued the quest to enhance access by clearing paths of vegetation.

BBQ lunch for webThose attending the course joined the Rangers and volunteers for lunch which gave everyone time to relax and enjoy some late Autumn sunshine. Anyone who wishes to become involved as a volunteer should contact us through the website.



Friends Receive Civic Award

Civic Award CertificateStirling Council Provost Mike Robbins honoured local citizens at a civic awards ceremony on Friday 26th October at Stirling Castle. The awards are presented to local people and organisations who have made significant contributions in their field or to their community. This year 28 awards were made across 9 categories and the Friends of Plean Country Park were delighted to receive recognition in the communities section for their work in conservation and promotion of the park. 

Read more: Friends Receive Civic Award

Drystane Dyking

Good for another 100 years!

On Saturday 10th November a group of Rangers, Friends and other volunteers under the guidance of Alice and Archie from the West of Scotland Dry Stone Walling Association rebuilt a 6 metre section of dyke.

Click on the images to see the results and how it was done ...

Read more: Drystane Dyking

Orchid Custodians

We are fortunate in the park to have one of the best displays of Greater Butterfly Orchids (Platanthera chlorantha) nationally. This plant with its lovely vanilla coloured flower spikes grows in old meadows and other unimproved grasslands and during the months of June and July appear in the in large numbers. During July we held two successful orchid events which were both quite different but closely related.

Read more: Orchid Custodians

Picture Gallery

NEW- Go the the History page to see pictures from the Master Plan showing how Plean House and the local landscape used to look.

If anyone has any other old pictures they would like to have included on the site please contact us.