From our beginnings in 2010, Dunblane Environment Group’s ethos has been to improve the environment of Dunblane for residents and visitors, to offer nature-friendly education to youngsters, and to follow sustainable and organic principles, never using chemicals either in fertilising or pest control, and using perennial planting for pollinators – especially bees.
We merged early on with members of the discontinued Sustainable Dunblane and we helped to raise funds to save the Glen Road to Bridge of Allan from closure.
Our main achievements have been:- resurfacing the path between Bridgend and the Haugh with help from 35 local residents; the design and creation of the Memorial Garden around the war memorial and the adjacent 250-metre Longest Hosta Border in the World; the creation of the town’s first Community Orchard with Dunblane Primary School; the installation of welcome maps for visitors at the Haining and Millrow car parks in landscaped areas that we designed; the lobbying of Network Rail to build a 50-metre retaining wall at the south end of the Bridgend path; the maintenance of the two large island beds in the Haugh; the creation of a Stumpery near the river for rest or play; the makeover of the two flower beds in the Millrow playpark with the help of the local Beavers group; the creation of a container vegetable garden at the Braeport Centre which serves to educate young children in vegetable growing; the lobbying of Stirling Council to repair the core riverside path below the Cathedral which collapsed in 2011; and the spawning of a new Paths Maintenance Group.
Along the way we were invited to give a talk to the new Parks Forum, set up by Stirling Council to foster strong working relationships between voluntary groups and the Council, which illustrated the cooperation with the Council upon which our work in the Haugh was founded.
We meet every Wednesday morning at 9.30 and the volunteers are advised by email what work is planned; we have a pool of about 15 people but the usual turnout is six or seven. We are always needing more volunteers and if you would like to do an hour or two’s work on a regular basis, come and join us!