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Friends News

LITTER BINS

Deal With Your Rubbish ResponsiblyLitter around bins

Thanks to the hot weather at the weekend the Park, and particularly the Play Area, was very popular with visitors.

But lots of picnics means lots of rubbish. Recently new bins were introduced to cope with the increased use of the Park.Bin filled to capacity

Over the weekend the bins in the Play Area were stuffed to beyond capacity. The inevitable result is that once everyone has left the the crows raid the bins - the result you can see above.

So next time you find the nearest bin is filling up look for another one. This weekend, of the three bins in the play area two were overflowing but the third was half empty. If all the nearest bins are full pack up your rubbish and take it to the bins in the car park or if all else fails - take it home!

VOLUNTEERS GIVE A BIT BACK

The Friends of Plean Country Park once again 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.

The sun shone for our action day, with 16 hard working volunteers helping to remove more of the invasive species, Rhododendron ponticum that is found all over Plean Country Park. After a busy morning, we were treated to a tasty lunch of soup, chilli and baked tatties courtesy of Plean Country Park Friends group.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped out on the day.

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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.

 

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: