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Ranger Newsletter Winter 2011
- Published on Saturday, 17 December 2011 22:13
Main Car Park
The tarmac surface has been completed, plus additional and upgraded bollards and disabled parking bays to be installed. A visitor access point has been added in front of the toilet block, with a new notice board, and litter bins to follow.
Horse Trailer Car Park
Some surfacing and drainage works to be carried out, plus a new notice board to be added.
The fire ponds at the other side of the meadow to have a new, gently graded path added to allow better access for all, taking away the need to negotiate the steeply-stepped slope, or having to go on the horse trail. The horse trail surfacing and drainage will be improved here, too.
Criminal Justice Team
They will be in over the winter, carrying out work at weekends. This will involve some more removal of the invasive Rhododendron ponticum shrubs, but concentrating on general path surfacing upgrades on the drives and along the horse trail, and areas affected by the Cyclo-Cross event held in October.
We have four new picnic tables, which will be installed at the back of Plean House before the start of Spring. These are in a style that reflects the colliery design of the main gates, with one seat removed from each to allow for wheelchair access.
The large Horse Chestnut (conker tree!) below the Walled Garden had to be removed as it was over-mature and shedding large limbs over the path. Three more Horse Chestnuts on the path to the pond from the main car park have been identified as having a disease known as 'Bleeding Canker', and will need to be taken out this winter. The bird box will be relocated, and there will still be plenty of conkers from the remaining trees!
Stable Block and Plean House
The trees and shrubs are being removed from the surrounds in order to open up the view of the ruins again. This will help you imagine the buildings when they were intact, and being used. Small, informal interpretative boards will be added to provide more information for visitors about these buildings, including the ruin of the Gamekeeper's Cottage.
There are new signs being designed for the main entrance gates to the Country Park, and interpretation boards for the main and horse trailer car parks, as well as one for the south drive at Glen Road entrance. These also include the colliery design, to match the main gates and new picnic tables. We are awaiting the completed designs before the signs are manufactured and sent to us for installation.