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Friends News

NEW Interactive Heritage Trail

Trail with Interactive Signs Installed in the Park

Heritage Trail semaphore signThanks to a grant funding from Heritage Lottery and a huge amount of effort from our Park volunteers and with information from local residents, a new heritage trail has been installed in the Park. Now as you walk around the Park you can find out some details about the history and wildlife of the area from these distinctive interactive semaphore signs.

Heritage Trail Post showing QR code
Lift the sign to read about the history of the location and to find out what wildlife can be seen in the vicinity.


As an added bonus each post has a QR code on the side - see on left. Scan these with your phone and listen to a recorded audio tour of the Park.


Listen to Stirling Council Ranger Jennifer Davidson tell you about the ecology, Friends of Plean Country Park Chair Fran Barr talking on the history and community, and Council archaeologist Murray Cook explaining some of the past history of the Park.

Additionally there are reminiscences from two sisters Mary Taylor and Charlotte Clark who lived on the estate in the 1940s and James Aikman, Stirling Council Land Services and retained firefighter.

Listen to all the audio from the trail here

 

A View From Above

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Some wonderful views over the park supplied by a keen young photographer Dan Tetstall taken using a drone.

 

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.

Orchid carving reduced size

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.

New animals in the park

Great Spotted Woodpecker Carving PCP reduced Badger carving PCP Hedgehog family PCP

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.

Owl archway PCP

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.