Self-catering At the time of writing, painting of five self-catering huts has been completed and progress on this project is now quite visible: it is now much easier to imagine how these huts will look when finished. The painting process involves applying high pressure washing to the metal skins to strip all remnants of previous paint, next a T-wash to seal the galvanised surface, then a primer followed by an undercoat, and finally the red top coat. This process, together with the specialist types of paint used, will give the outer skins protection for many years to come. The gable ends have been water washed to remove all previous layers of MOD paint and painted with two coats of good quality external paint. On the remaining work, all services have been connected to the huts and internal fitting out work is ongoing.
Comrie Community Woodland has now completed the planting of around 20000 native broadleaf and scots pine trees across the site and is looking forward to seeing these grow in their first year. The woodland area is also likely to see a lot of natural regeneration of trees without grazing deer, which has restricted this from happening until now. We plan to commence our community consultation shortly to ask the community about their longer-term vision for the woodland and what sort of activities they would like to see prioritised. Keep an eye out for an online survey and information about where to get hard copies if you want to have a say. This will help to inform the work that the woodland group does in the future. As ever the woodland is open for visitors to explore and they will see how it is starting out. We would be delighted to hear from anyone keen to get involved as a volunteer – for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There has been plenty of activity over these last few months at the Comrie Community Allotments as plot holders prepare and nurture the ground, and carry out repairs to beds, huts and polytunnels. Plot holders have been eagerly awaiting the end of the late wintry weather when the water will be turned back on and the ground warm enough to begin planting. Many of us have windowsills at home with plants straining to move into larger premises and the opening of the garden centres is welcome and timely, so we hope planting will begin very soon.
CDT are pleased that Cultybraggan Camp has again been included in this year’s Drover’s Tryst walks programme and walkers will start their walk from the Camp on Saturday 29 May (covid restrictions permitting). Information about this walk and all other walks can be found on the Drover’s Tryst website: www.droverstryst.com
Provided lockdown continues to ease, CDT are also looking forward to welcoming the Strathearn Marathon event back to the Camp on Saturday 5 June. Like many, we were disappointed that the event had to be cancelled last year but hopefully all will go well this year and participants and supporters will again enjoy this popular event.
During the month CDT hosted final year students from Napier College who were making a film as part of their degree course. The Camp was ideal for them as the film is a drama set during WW2 about two Black Watch soldiers and their experiences in France.
Although the Visitor Attraction at the Camp remains closed, the Camp’s ground is open to the local community for exercise. However, please be aware that construction work is ongoing and take extra care as heavy vehicles will be driving around the Camp.
If you have any questions about Comrie Development Trust or are interested in volunteering please email email@example.com – we’ll be glad to hear from you.