Vol­un­teers get the job Doune at Ponds

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - John Row­botham

Vol­un­teers at Doune Ponds have re­ceived a help­ing hand in their ef­forts to im­prove the pop­u­lar beauty spot.

On Au­gust 9 and Septem­ber 9, they were joined by a team from CEMEX Cam­bus­more Quarry, Cal­lan­der, and other sites run by the com­pany.

They joined vol­un­teers help­ing to con­struct two new short paths and as­sist in ap­ply­ing spe­cial wood pre­serv­ing treat­ment to the west hide and main gate. There was also a team from Mo­ray Es­tates car­ry­ing out tree surgery and chip­ping brush.

The teams worked all day, with CEMEX pro­vid­ing lunch.

Doune Com­mu­nity Wood­land Group took on man­age­ment of the 40-acre na­ture train from own­ers Mo­ray Es­tates three years ago and have since re­stored paths and made many im­prove­ments.

Group chair­man Tony Far­rant thanked the CEMEX vol­un­teers and added:“The paths they worked on were put in as part of the group’s plan to cre­ate a safe route round the main lake to en­able wheel chair, chil­dren’s bug­gies and mo­bil­ity scooter users to get round more eas­ily.

“All the labour is pro­vided on a vol­un­tary ba­sis.”

Work at Doune Ponds was recognised in 2017 Scot­land’s Finest Woods Awards when the wood­land group took first prize in the com­pe­ti­tion’s ‘small com­mu­nity wood­land cat­e­gory’.

Job well done Staff from CEMEX with vol­un­teers at Doune Ponds

Help CEMEX work­ers as­sisted in lay­ing paths

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