During 2011 we devoted 6,042 volunteers’ hours to conserving, protecting and enhancing the Pentlands – a new record.
Our last walk of 2011 was a short circular based on Swanston and combined with tales of Henry Cockburn at Bonaly and RLS at Swanston. Starting with baconrolls at Swanston proved popular!
Our January ‘Winter Warmer Walks’ attracted 30 walkers and ended with mince pies and mulled wine at Harlaw. Always a good start to the year. We have had two attempts to clean the board walk to the Bavelaw bird hide but both had to be abandoned due to frost. We will be back soon! We are also working on the problem of flooding on the path to the board walk.
The landowner at Swanston has kindly given us permission to establish a mini arboretum just above the village and alongside the path. Work to clear the gorse at the site has begun but it will probably be the autumn before the trees are planted. We hope to be able to plant 14 varieties of species that can be found within the Pentlands.
Plans are being made for Open Access Events on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May. These are for groups with disabilities. Last year’s event was well attended and much appreciated by those taking part. This year we plan to include events suitable for children. We see this event as an opportunity to demonstrate that the Pentlands have something to offer to everyone that is healthy, free, uplifting and can promote
friendship and a sense of community.
It’s good for hills to have Friends!
To find out more please contact Bob Paterson on 01383 417771
email@example.com or visit our website: www.pentlandfriends.plus.com