Friday Focus – Core Paths Working Group

The Core Paths working group are a busy part of the ACSR family!

Thanks to this group, we have a fantastic clean, fresh and tidy network of paths to walk, cycle, run on and enjoy. The development of the Provost Walk, Jonny Mathews Walk, handy handrails, benches to sit on, solar lighting etc are thanks to their efforts group. 🙌

As part of their twice monthly meets, they’re heading off from the Pavilion this Sunday at 10am – everyone is welcome, kids too (they get super excited about using the litter grabbers!!) and I’ve heard that the cake menu may include coconut and cherry slice. If you’d like to be a part of #springcleanscotland (a #keepscotlandbeautiful campaign currently running) this provides a great opportunity to make a difference locally.

There are two “arms” to this group – 

1. Twice monthly path tidy’s (1st Wednesday morning and 3rd Sunday morning) that keep the path network tidy, accessible and welcoming 

2. The monthly meetings looking at the next steps for the paths network 

If you’re looking for a nice easy way to get involved in the Community Action Plan, dropping into one of the twice monthly path tidies is a great way to do so – you’d be warmly welcomed, all tools are provided and you’re also welcome to enjoy a cuppa and some home baking afterwards too (thanks Julia!) 🍰☕️

Brownies, Cubs, Beavers and young people from the School have been involved with the tidies and they’re always hugely enthusiastic about lending a hand – they’re frequently puzzled as to why people drop litter too – the extra respect they have for their environment is great.

Julia Howe is the Chairwoman of the monthly meetings, the motivating organiser of the monthly meets, a font of knowledge about plants and wildlife for the tidies (and also chief baker) – she’s volunteered here for years. If you’d like to read a bit more about her, you can do via this link –

Aberuthven to Auchterarder: In the Community Action plan consultation, one of the areas noted was the development of the path between Auchterarder and Aberuthven – Tayside Contacts cleared the overgrown aspects of the paths but we’re hoping to see route as an accessible means of linking Auchterarder and Aberuthven so watch out for developments here too!

The Core Paths group are part of the ACSR network – ACSR, a long established and hugely effective local charity, who provide governance and fundraising support, enabling the Core Paths Group to enjoy making a difference, it’s a great set up and is the same model as ACSR’s Green Spaces and Sport and Recreation Groups. 

The Core Paths network supports physical and mental health and wellbeing – thousands of people enjoy the paths every year and are grateful to have access to the routes. If you’re able to help out from time to time, its hugely appreciated and, as well providing you with the great feeling of giving something back to the community and meeting new people, helps maintain a hugely valued community resource.

Big thanks and huge appreciation to all the volunteers to help out!