Perth and Kinross Conservation Volunteers have recently helped to improve the Cateran Trail at Bamff, north of Blairgowrie.
Last month, 12 volunteers cleared large quantities of rhododendron from the estate which was growing over the sides of a footpath which forms part of the Cateran Trail. Rhododendron is a non-native plant which prevents native species from growing. The volunteers also went on a short guided wildlife walk on the estate once their work was complete.
Managed by Perth and Kinross Council’s Countryside Ranger Service, the conservation volunteers meet regularly throughout the year to help with maintenance of council-owned or managed green spaces. Their work supports improvements to biodiversity and access around the local area.
Environment convener Councillor Alan Grant, commented: “Our conservation volunteers play their part in improving the local environment by helping us to care for the diversity of open spaces in Perth and Kinross. The work done on the Cateran Trail is another great example of their efforts and I would encourage anyone interesting in joining the group to contact us.”
Manager of the Cateran Trail Andrew Barrie, said: “I am delighted to see the improvements made at Bamff. Volunteers have had a very important role on the Cateran Trail this year – with work carried out at Bamff, Pitcarmick, and various locations in Glenshee. Their help has been crucial to the management of the trail.”