Braes of the Carse Conservation Group
Since the last newsletter we have made good progress with our three biodiversity projects.
Tree line planting. The landscape of the Braes of the Carse depends heavily on the tree lines on field boundaries, lanes and roads as well as larger plantations for its character. Many of our notable tree lines were planted by our Victorian ancestors and are now ageing, have major gaps or are in danger of being lost. So far a total of 120 trees have been planted and the landowners have all agreed that, whenever practicable, they will replace, replant and maintain the tree lines on their land.
Bird nest boxes. We ran training sessions to provide guidance to those who wished to have a bird box both in respect of the best site for it and also how to properly record data from it. 63 of our bird boxes have already been sited and are providing homes for a number of different species including blue tit, great tit and one “red list” species – tree sparrow. Records are being kept and the information collated initially on our website before being sent to the British Trust for Ornithology.
Orchard planting. We have so far planted 35 apple trees and 3 plum trees (all with support stakes, stem ties and tree guards) in locations in Abernyte, Kinnaird and Rait. We have received very positive feedback especially from a young rep from Abernyte Primary School Pupil Council who let us know how much the pupils enjoyed helping plant the trees and letting us know how they were watering them and generally looking after them.
We are extremely grateful for all of the hard work done by Malcolm McSwan, Barry Caudwell and Trefor Woodford in connection with these projects.
Since the Group formed we have fully engaged with the PKC and TAYPlan in connection with the preparation of the Local Development Plan and the strategic plan for the larger area of which Perth and the Carse forms a part.
Taking into account the views of our members, including an online survey, we responded in April to the PKC Proposed Plan. The full text of our response can be seen on our website but basically we supported the terms of the Proposed Plan, the main exception being the request for the proposed removal of the settlement boundary of Abernyte to be reconsidered. We also stressed the importance of the Housing in the Countryside Policy being rigorously enforced to protect the open countryside and small building groups that do not have settlement boundaries.
PKC will now consider all responses submitted to the Proposed Plan and later this year they will send the Proposed Plan to an Independent government Reporter for the next stage in the process….planning is not a quick process!
The Rait Conservation Area was first designated in 1973. The review of the Rait Conservation Area reflects local interest in the conservation area, the opportunities presented by the Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme and the fact that a substantial period of time has passed since the original designation. A very detailed and comprehensive appraisal document was prepared by PKC and BCCG has responded positively to it generally supporting its aims.
Finally, we are hoping to secure a “share” in a part time project officer’s time. Our hope is that this would avoid wasteful duplication of work between us, the Carse of Gowrie Group and the recently formed Sustainability Group and bring the three groups closer together. Our committee are really busy people and if we could get some help the hope is that the good work that has already been done can be continued and expanded.
For further information about volunteering for any of our projects or joining BCCG please contact our Secretary, Marilyn Webb 01821 670374
or apply direct on our website www.BraesoftheCarse.org
New members, whether living in the Braes area or not, are always welcome.