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Friends News

Trim Trail Installed

The construction of the Trim Trail is now complete and it is ready for the first users.TTRight

A few months ago the Friends of Plean Country Park were successful in securing a grant of almost £6500 from the Clacks and Sirling Environment Trust to enable us to purchase new wooden Trim Trail equipment for the park.

Contractors and Council Land Services Team have now completed the installation of the Trim Trail in the woodland near the dipping pond.

The equipment is constructed from pressure treated engineered laminated redwood beams and is designed to be safe and durable, for use by youths and adults taller than 1.4m.

There are six pieces of equipment: Parallel Bars, Balance Beam, Horizontal Ladder, Abs Bench, Traversing Wall and Ladder Net Climb. These are designed to exercise different areas of the body, and details of the muscle groups benefiting from each item are displayed on the equipment.

 



New Trim Trail

A few months ago the Friends of Plean Country Park were successful in securing a grant of almost £6500 from the Clacks and Sirling Environment Trust to enable us to purchase new wooden Trim Trail equipment for the park.

The equipment will be installed in the wooded area behind the frog by the dipping ponds adjacent to the childrens play area. Stirling Council Land Services Team had carried out some preparatory work in this area and a contractor will begin installation  on Thursday 1st of December.

When this is complete the Land Services Team will put bark down to finish of the trail and the project should be complete before the end of the year.

This area will complement the children's play area installed last year and be suitable for adults and children alike. A great way to take some exercise outdoors and cheaper than a gym membership for a workout. The pictures below show the type of equipment which is to be installed.

Abs BenchTriple Balance BeamsParallel BarsLadder Net ClimbClimbing WallHorizontal Ladder

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:

 

Community Path Works Project

Due to many hours of hard work by our volunteers we have recently completed an upgrade of the Canter Section within the park.path011

This project was made possible thanks to a Community Path Grant from Paths For All who provide support, advice and training to community voluntary groups & registered charities such as community councils, development trusts and community woodland groups working in Scotland. Groups can apply annually for up to £1500 to improve, upgrade or maintain their local community path. The aim of the grant is to bring local communities and volunteers together to improve their local environment.

Members of the Friends Group joined forces with the Rangers Service, members of the Fisheries Team and were helped by some new volunteers from the community which was greatly appreciated. Everyone worked hard over the three days of the project, learned from one another and had some good laughs.

On day one we installed some new drainage channels at the top of the path and started to remove vegetation from the edges to return it to the original width.

On the second day we continued to clear vegetation from the edges adding about two feet to the current width then we made a start to putting a new surface of whin dust onto the path which had been badly damaged by months of rain.

Day three found us laying the remainder of the seven and a half tons of whin dust which we then compacted with a walk behind roller. The damaged section of the path has now been upgraded making the path usable and safe once more.

We hope to carry out further repairs next year.

Picnic Drive At Plean Country Park

Pony Trap

The Forth Driving Group RDA spent a most enjoyable picnic drive at Plean. While being relaxed the route driven gave plenty of variety. After a short, but steep climb from the area for horse transport we drove around the perimeter of the walled garden before a downhill section which levelled off just before rounding the ruined house. A left turn afforded a good straight run allowing a lively trot before negotiating a trick section through the trees before returning to base. Although overcast, the weather remained dry and gradually improved during the afternoon.

Then of course the best was yet to come……the picnic including a Birthday celebration! As usual the spread of food did nothing for our waistlines but the variety of savoury and sweet delights had all to be sampled. Lynn’s Birthday Cake was adorned by too many candles to be counted but thankfully we didn’t need to call on the services of the fire brigade.

Our thanks must go to Stirling Council who allows access to the park; also to The Friends of Plean Country Park for the use of their gazebo, table and chairs which enabled us to relax following the activities of the morning drives. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this outing possible and of course to the drivers for their presence and camaraderie.