Trust shares plans for blue­bell wood’s fu­ture

Kin­claven site boost

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - CHURCH NEWS - Rachel Clark

A group of peo­ple have been out in Kin­claven Blue­bell Wood to learn more about fu­ture plans for man­ag­ing the site.

The 18-strong group vis­ited the site last month to hear from the Wood­land Trust about plans for the east Perthshire wood­land, as part of an on­go­ing con­sul­ta­tion into up­grad­ing and main­tain­ing the pop­u­lar site.

Those at the con­sul­ta­tion event were given a guided tour of the wood, be­fore dis­cussing the plans that have been drawn up.

Jill Aitken, site man­ager at the newly-re­named wood, said: “We have now drawn up some de­tailed pro­pos­als on man­ag­ing the wood, and we want to get the in­put of ev­ery­one who uses and val­ues this spe­cial place.

“We would en­cour­age peo­ple to have a look at our man­age­ment plan doc­u­ment and give us their feed­back.”

Since the Wood­land Trust took over own­er­ship of the wood­land last year, they have been work­ing with a group of 50 vol­un­teers from around Perthshire to main­tain the site.

Some of the work so far has in­cluded re­mov­ing old fenc­ing and pheas­ant-rear­ing equip­ment, and cut­ting back non-na­tive and in­va­sive trees from the site.

A spokesper­son for the Wood­land Trust said: “The trust plans to re­pair fenc­ing around an area of oak­wood, to keep out deer so that young trees can nat­u­rally re­gen­er­ate.

“Much of the ad­ja­cent open grass­land, which was cleared of trees in the for­ties and fifties, will be planted with trees once more.

“In­va­sive non-na­tive species such as rhodo­den­dron pon­ticum and Hi­malayan bal­sam will be re­moved. A car park is planned on part of the open grass­land to ac­com­mo­date the large num­bers of visi­tors at blue­bell time.”

See the man­age­ment plan at www.wood­

Con­sul­ta­tion Plans for the fu­ture man­age­ment of the Wood­land Trust’s Kin­claven Blue­bell Wood were dis­cussed with a num­ber of in­ter­ested peo­ple re­cently

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