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BEAT AROUND THE BUSH

Volunteers wanted - free food!

We're looking for volunteers to help out at the first of two events coming up in the park. With funding from Volunteering Matters, all refreshments and lunch we will provided. If you could help with our ongoing project of removing Rhododendron ponticum then we would love to hear from youReworkJenPoster191025

These shrubs keep out the light and nutrients from our native flora, thus decreasing biodiversity in
the local area. Planted for their floral value and as ground cover for sporting shoots during the Victorian era (when Plean Country Park was a working country estate), these triffids have really got a stranglehold on the ecosystem and need to be removed!
We will cut them down by the use of hand tools – training provided - and they will then be processed into smaller pieIn the thick of itces before being offered up to the bonfire!

To help with numbers for catering we ask that you Contact us to let us know you are coming or contact the Ranger Service at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01786 404040

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.

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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.