Muiravonside Country Park

Muiravonside Country Park is a lovely site for walking your dog however, with 170 acres of woodland to manage, the work of the volunteers spanned over the Autumn and Winter.

Although slightly soggy the volunteers were in good spirits as they looked over all the different sites in the park that were now free of any trace of rhododendron and laurel thanks to their hard work. This is the eventual aim of the invasive species management plan for the country park and the level of this work needed will slowly decrease over the coming years if all goes well!

These non-native invasive plants were removed by being pulled out and burned on a fire. In combination with the physical removal of these plants there were some spots that were sprayed as they were on steep slopes that were too difficult to get to. These spots were sprayed with herbicide to make sure no rhododendron or laurel was left to spread seeds. The spray had a blue dye to show the areas that had been sprayed, so if you see a blue sprayed plant don’t touch it or let your dog near it as it could get an upset tummy.

It was a satisfying job to see the landscape without the waxy leaves blanketing the place but over the weeks we also got to have fun with our fellow volunteers and gained a few new ones in the time we were there, all were very welcome and we had a lot of fun creating bonfires for the burning of the Rhododendrons every week!

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Creating borders at The West Highland Way

Starting the day it was cold and wet wintery morning, but it wasn’t raining which is always good! There was a new volunteer who was lovely and got stuck into the work like a real trooper.
We were in Milngavie at the start of the West Highland Way. We were asked to line a path with railway sleepers, to filter the bikes and feet that damage the Milngavie in Bloom flower beds, and to help clear a plant bed for some new planting in spring.
We dug the holes for the sleepers which were imbedded in a clay soil with many thick roots to cut through. However, we got to use a mattock which reminded me of the dwarfs in snow white and made quick work or the troublesome roots!

Our TCV Stirling volunteers getting tuck in creating trenches for the sleepers to sit in.

Our TCV Stirling volunteers getting tuck in creating trenches for the sleepers to sit in.

Before we knew it the sleepers were in and we were moving on to the plant beds, were some of the plants were unruly and tangled. We dug and pulled until the plants came out by the roots. It didn’t look very pretty in the end but with the soil cleared it will allow the area to be planted and looking lovely for next year.

Our (slightly muddy) TCV Stirling Volunteers

Our (slightly muddy) TCV Stirling Volunteers

We dug the holes for the sleepers which were imbedded in a clay soil with many thick roots to cut through. However, we got to use a mattock which reminded me of the dwarfs in snow white and made quick work or the troublesome roots!

The finished pathway border

The finished pathway border

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Getting Festive at Flanders Moss

Flanders Moss is a beautiful raised bog just outside Stirling.
Our team of TCV volunteers were joined by the SNH Rangers who help protect the site, Kevin McCulloch and Alan Dorman, and a Jo King who is a volunteer at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

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Despite the recent torrential rain and miserable winter weather we were in luck and had not a drop of rain until it was home time!
However, the higher water level made the walk to the part of the site we were working at rather amusing!

The task for the day was the removal of Christmas trees. Theses trees, if left, would dry out the bog and stop the lovely bog-loving plants from living here.

The day was such a success with a big area of Christmas trees removed and some of our volunteers even took some Christmas trees home!!

TCV Volunteer Kevin with a Christmas Tree

TCV Volunteer Kevin with a Christmas Tree

The view across the bog

The view across the bog

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Blairlogie Footpaths

Our brilliant team of conservation volunteers have been working very hard in Blairlogie, clearing the footpaths for walkers, bikers, ramblers…. All of whom love to use this network of paths nestled in the bottom of the slopes of The Hillfoots Way.
The panoramic views across Stirling are fantastic and are well worth the short walk!
The volunteers have been clearing back overgrown vegetation that have been blocking the paths and making them harder to use, from prickly gorse to mountains of bracken, the TCV volunteers team have cleared it all!

The amazing view from one of the paths....can you spot the Wallace Monument?

The amazing view from one of the paths….can you spot the Wallace Monument?

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The paths are now looking fantastic, and opening them up has allowed them to be wider and slightly drier. If you are in the area come and check out are hard work and see the beautiful views for yourself! Hillfoots Way

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Port of Menteith Primary School

Our TCV volunteers teamed up with the Port of Menteith PTA to tackle the rather unruly ‘Rainbow Garden’.
It took a team of 5 volunteers as well as the fantastic PTA volunteers to sort out the jungle it had become but the end result was fantastic!

The volunteers were also fuelled by some delicious home baking and homemade soup from the parents of the school children!

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