Stag of Breadalbane Project
Move 2 Improve looked at various options for the entrance to the town from each direction in late 2008. The members decided to have a stag sculpture near the entrance to the ‘Birks of Aberfeldy’.
Once decided they approached Heather Cumming of The Iron Fairy to draw up plans for the beast. Several templates were produced and the group finally picked a display which emphasised all the activities around Aberfeldy.
Planning permission took a long time due to the fact the statue was going to be situated in the ‘Birks’ but it was finally granted and work began with the Stag being installed in the autumn of 2009.
The group were pleased to be given a cheque by Aberfeldy & District Rotary Club for the price of the statue. The pathway was also constructed free of charge by Aberfeldy Groundworks in spring 2010 and the group finally got heathers planted around the base in April 2010.
The only thing remaining is to install two plaques to thank Aberfeldy & District Rotary Club and Aberfeldy Groundworks for their help with the project.
The group also have plans to site a display of salmon leaping at the Putting Green and an osprey display opposite the caravan par. These will be subject to planning permission but the group is confident to make a difference to the approaches to Aberfeldy.
Move to Improve are also keen to develop a helpers list to call on interested people to help with flower beds, thrift shop duties etc. during the year. Please contact 01887 820002 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entrance to East end of Aberfeldy, a new project to revamp the grassy area opposite the caravan park, ongoing project started in 2007
The group held a site meeting at the East entrance to town going over ideas for the area. A general tidy of the area to remove weeds and over grown trees, native planting required, maybe a seated area and focal point would be appropriate for the largest part of the area. A pathway towards the distillery, and as this area is used a lot by dog walkers doggie bins would be appropriate. Just afew ideas to start with. We need to contact the Council to check we can develop this area and to find out who and how often it would be tended. Next stage is to take our intiial proposals to Take A Pride in Perthshire with a view to gaining help from a Perth & Kinross Council Landscape Architect.
Meeting held with Jeannie Skoyles P&K Countryside Ranger and Daryl McKeown P&K Roads about the procress required to develop the East entrance to town in terms of road safety and native planting for the area.
The group invites residents and business owners of Aberfeldy to come along to meetings to help or put forward ideas for this project, what would you like to see on this big blank canvas. There could be something there that will bring imparct to the entrance of town.
The Square Upgrade / Development Project 2005.
The revamp of the square was undertaken as a solution to reduce maintenance of the square and have it less cluttered making it a nicer and safer zone to be in. The "Move 2 Improve" group of around 8 volunteers has planted, tended, watered and weeded the square now for around 3 years (before that it was Aberfeldy in Bloom volunteers that did this) and after many requests from Move 2 Improve for help from residents etc we found it difficult to gain support in tending this large area on a regular basis with only our small group of volunteers. There were 6 flower beds in which people allowed their dogs to foul, litter to gather, cigarette ends accumulate and as usual a healthy growth of chickweed was a regular visitor.
Feedback on the square revamp: We have had great feedback from the majority of residents, visitors and business owners in and around Aberfeldy
- December 2005 - all groundwork finished except for installation of the iron work around the trees - estimated in place before Christmas break. Waiting on the information sign revamp which will take place over the Christmas break along with painting the board frame and hand rail in the square.
- November 2005: WB Grieve Groundwork's - Aberfeldy gained the tender to develop the square. Work started on the square and is scheduled to be finished around the end of November with a view that the iron work for bases of trees will possibly not be delivered in time.
- October 2005: Tenders are out, to be returned by Friday 7th October 12.30pm, contracts to be signed around Wednesday 12th October. Work estimated to begin late October / early November with a view to completion of work around the start of December in time for Christmas light switch on and Market. Architect estimates all major upgrade works should be finished by this time. Information sign revamp for the square should be completed around end of december. New doors & windows plus an iron sculpture of the Black Watch Hackle on top of the information stand.
- September 2005: Funding is confirmed from the following:
- Perth and Kinross Council - Environment Services "in Bloom"
- Take a Pride in Perthshire Association
- Perth & Kinross Financial Assistance to Voluntary Organisations
- Perth & Kinross Rural Initiative
- Aberfeldy Common Good Fund
- Move 2 Improve
Black Watch Monument Lighting Project
Lighting now installed on adjacent street lamp. New plaque also installed
New Steel Benches installed at the Black Watch Monument
Depicting scenes around Aberfeldy - Distillery, Wades Bridge and the Black Watch Monument. New bench also installed on roadside at caravan park area.