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Ranger Newsletter March 2012

Maintenance work

The maintenance team unblocked the pond to reveal the boardwalk that had been submerged after contractors dug ponds out.  
Four new picnic benches have been installed – we will be replacing all of them eventually, as and when income can be identified for them.  
The team are also chipping (literally!) away at the aftermath of all the tree falls, but this will take some time.
The grazing field fence on the opposite side of Cadger’s Loan was fixed when fencing contractor added stock fence for the orchard.


 

Interpretation Boards

The wooden, informal interpretation boards were also installed at the Stables, Gamekeeper’s cottage, and Plean House.  Jennifer added some temporary interpretation to these, which can be changed as time goes on, to add more interest to the ruins for the visitors viewing them.

Windfalls

 There has been an expression of interest from the owner of a hardwood logs business, regarding the uplift and purchase of the wood currently lying in the walled garden and Park environs.  
The income will not be great, due to current wood prices, but better than leaving it to rot.  
There is a necessity to leave a percentage of lying dead wood, for a healthy woodland ecosystem, but the majority of ‘untidy’ wood will be taken gradually.

Talk

 Jennifer gave an illustrated talk on Plean Country Park to the Auchenbowie and Plean ladies Group on the evening of March 8th, and was very well received.  Many expressed interest in joining in the Monday health walks.

Future Work

  • Clearing the ha-ha at the back of Plean House, adding a new, bigger pipe under the drive, and digging out right down to the burn.
  • Resurfacing the steep path from the pinewood to the sluices at the south drive.
  • Surfacing the bottom end of the canter section of the horse trail.
  • Finishing ditch digging at horse trail from Glen Road entrance.
  • Putting in path down slope from top of meadow to path that leads to fire ponds.

Orchard Planting

 Successfully completed the planting of new orchards at the south exterior wall of the walled garden and Woodland of Luckiness meadow, with the Forth Valley Orchards and Friends groups.

Vehicle and pedestrian gate have been added to McDonald’s yard entrance to try and prevent easy access to motorbikes entering the Park at this location.  A padlock is on order and the vehicle gate will be chained for use by Council staff and Mr. McDonald.