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Orchids on the meadow
We are fortunate in Plean Country Park to have one of the best displays of Greater Butterfly Orchids (Platanthera chlorantha ) in Scotland. 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 meadow in large numbers.
The plants are most densley populated in the main meadow situated in front of Plean House which is why this area was the obvious choice for the recently installed carving of the butterfly orchid and the moths which pollinate the plant.
Each year volunteers count each and every flower spike and this year has been no exception. Following the count last weekend it has been found that the number has increased overall this year to about 2800 however the annual report is not yet available. If you would like to know a bit more about these wonderful plants or are interested in their management, you may be interested in the report produced by Jennifer Davidson following last years count.
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.