Den O Alyth Family fun day!

Community Greenspace have organised a Family fun day taking place on 12th August 1-4pm. This is a chance to meet the rangers and take part in various environmental activities around the den and let our team know what you would like to see improved. Activities include birdbox building, river dipping plus backwoods cooking and scavenger hunts.

Greenspace Ranger Alistair Macleod commented “This is a great opportunity to come along and meet staff from PKC and find out how important the Den O Alyth is for wildlife and recreation. The Den O Alyth is a great site and we are committed to improving it in partnership with the local community. The aim of the day is to engage with site users and we are particularly interested in gathering information on what improvements people would like to see at the site. All suggestions and comments will be mapped and considered when producing a new management plan for the site.

Staff will be onsite from 1-4pm and the event starts from the play area with easily accessed  from Alyth and the main carpark. Alistair can be contacted on ajmacleod@pkc.gov.uk should you require further info.

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South Inch Pond Clean Up

We reported that our adult swan and two cygnets had opted to move to the Tay last week see: South Inch Swan Update, since then we have had no more than a light rain shower.

We took the opportunity while the pond water is low to get in and clean out any exposed litter.  We were shocked at the amount of plastic, glass and sweetie wrappers that were embedded in the mud.  We would like to take the opportunity to ask that visitors to the park please use the litter bins provided.

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While we were there we were delighted to see that there were plenty of coot, moorhen, ducks and gulls who all seemed happy splashing and swimming in the cool waters in the middle.   You can help the birds by feeding the birds oats, sweetcorn, any bird seed mixes and grapes! Please avoid feeding them bread.

 

Community Greenspace Are Recruiting x2

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Community Infrastructure Officer (PKC04606)

£23,707 – £26,616
Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth PH1 5GD

The post will form integral part of the Infrastructure team. Working as part of a busy team you will be involved in a variety of tasks to help maintain our Greenspaces throughout Perth and Kinross. You will liaise with communities to encourage them to contribute to the maintenance of their greenspaces and help to balance work programmes with available resources. You will assist with the programming of internal squads and issuing work to external contractors.

You will have experience of working with the public and be able to prioritise workloads according to service demands. You will be proficient in using microsoft packages including outlook, excel and word and be willing to learn bespoke software.

For further information please contact Rob Bryce, Greenspace Coordinator, 01738 475230

When completing your application for this post, please ensure you provide contact details (preferably e-mail addresses) for two referees. One should be your current or most recent employer.

Please APPLY ONLINE. Online facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross.

If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

 

Infrastructure Operative Lead Hand (PKC04633)

£21,079 – £23,707
Westbank Depot, Jeanfield Road, Perth PH1 1PG

You will be a part of and help lead a small specialist team working from our Westbank Depot in Perth, delivering a specialist service to all our users, general works include Bridge Manufacturing & Repairs, Seat replacement & refurbishment, Bin replacement or repairs, Fence installation, gate installation & repairs, Hard & soft landscaping, Dyke construction & cement works, Painting, Cleaning structures, Installation of Signage, Play equipment manufacture, repairs & maintenance, Community Events, Installation of ornamental structures, Recording & Inspection of infrastructure within our Greenspaces throughout Perthshire and overseeing both staff and Modern Apprentices work to approved standards.

You will have a proven track record in Leading a small squad, ideally possess a full clean driving licence, a full understanding of Health and Safety in the workplace, a proven working knowledge in construction/maintenance tools and equipment, be computer literate in Microsoft Outlook, Word & Excel, be able to communicate effectively with others in the team, customers and members of the public, have a practical depth of working knowledge and craftsmanship in the construction industry, be able to demonstrate practical hands on experience in construction, maintenance and hard landscaping. Be able to work as part of a small team, contribute & communicate effectively to ensure best practice and use of time available, work in a safe manner to ensure public and colleague safety at all times, be able to demonstrate to others on best method and approach to work allocated to ensure tasks are completed in allocated timescales. There will be a practical test set as part of the interview process to demonstrate an understanding of the applicants general ability and working knowledge of the construction industry.

For further information about this position, please contact Paul Summers on 01738 474637.

Please APPLY ONLINE. Online facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross. If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

Auchterarder Sports and Recreation Path group- Johnny Mathis Walk Path Maintenance

20180704_112835 (2)The Auchterarder Path Group have been out again on a glorious sunny day.

The group were working on one of the town’s popular paths the Johnny Mathis Walk. They were clearing vegetation growing in and across one of the main drains, clearing two culverts on the walk of leaves and vegetation.

The group worked really hard in difficult conditions due to the heat and also a cleg or two! They managed to clear a huge pile of vegetation from the drain and it will certainly help when the wet weather comes round to make sure the path doesn’t flood.

Due to the heat we did curtail the task slightly – who would of thought in Scotland we would have to call a task early because it was too warm!

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South Inch Swan Update

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Although raining today (finally) the dry conditions have caused the South Inch pond to shrink and many people have been concerned about the swan and two cygnets.

On Wednesday, they swans decided to move to the River Tay.  Luckily Perth and Kinross Council staff were at the park and assisted in their  journey by stopping traffic on the busy roads to keep them safe.

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Thanks to everyone who got in touch with us about these much loved Perth birds. We will continue to monitor the water levels for the other birds such as the coot and moorhen who both have young birds… I will continue to rain dance!

Community Spirit

American Students

Exchange students from America worked hard clearing and opening up a path at St Magdalene’s Hill earlier this month. Scott Tominey from the Evangelist Church of Christ, Scotland contacted the Greenspace Rangers and offered the students time to help with a task. The weather this year certainly made the task all the more enjoyable, last year was torrential rain, this year beautiful blue skies. Always nice to see the difference made at the end of a mornings work. Well done guys.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

How nifty are these dog poo bag dispensers spotted in Friarton Park in Perth?

A great way of recycling plastic bottles and providing bags for people to clear up after their dogs. Dog waste bags are available from Perth and Kinross Council Offices. Why not have a go at making some yourself? Handy in the house, the car and your local Greenspace!

 

 

Feeding Ducks

Cute alert!

These young, fluffy moorhen can be seen around the pond at Scone Park. They are very used to people so they come right up to you on the path.

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One of your first experiences of feeding birds may have been as a child throwing some bread to the ducks and swans at your local pond or nearby river. Although feeding bread to ducks may seem like a kind thing to do and a great way of getting rid of stale bread, it can actually be potentially dangerous for them.

Instead, feed ducks and other pond dwelling birds oats, sweetcorn, any bird seed mixes and grapes!pond 2