Spring in the air

It's February in Scotland and winter may not be over, but spring is definitely in the air in Perth. Our volunteers have been out and about over the past few weeks, come rain or shine, working in Riverside Park, researching Perth's rich horticultural history and carrying out litter picks.

We're working on new interpretive boards and a leaflet that will tell the fascinating story of the important plant nursery that was founded in the Riverside area in the 18th century. It'll take a few months before we are ready to publish the leaflet and get the boards installed on site so watch this space! Fortunately there's plenty of other interest in the area right now. The fruits of our labours over the past 5 years are really showing in the heather beds and along river banks. Winter/spring flowering heathers such as Erica Carnaea are blooming with splashes of gorgeous pinks, purples and whites on show. 

Last year we also rescued thousands of heritage snowdrops from a building site futher along the river bank, and started to create a 'snowdrop trail'. Ultimately we hope will create a link right up to the Natinal Trust for Scotland's Branklyn Gardens, which holds a snowdrop festival every spring.

Pictured: snowdrops by the Tay; volunteers enjoying coffee in the rain | 19 February 2019

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