Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Riverside Nature Park

Welcome back our Summer visitor. Come along and spot  old residents and new arrivals. Keen birders have spotted 135 species at the Park since it opened.
The Friends of Riverside Nature Park are hosting bird-watching events:
Sunday 4 May at 6:00 am to witness the  Dawn Chorus 
and on Saturday, 3  May at 8.30 am for a Guided Walk. 

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. 
Free event and all welcome. 
Meet at car park, Wright Avenue. 
Binoculars, birding scopes and field guides would be 
useful but not vital. 

For further information please contact: 

Natalie Mackland 
Email: 435873 

Monday, 28 April 2014

The Work of the Woodland Trust in Scotland

10 members of the Friends enjoyed an excellent talk from Jim Christie of the Woodland Trust Scotland on Thursday 24th April, focusing on the work done by the Trust at Glen Devon, east of Dollar, and at Glen Finglas, west of Callander. 
Jim's wide ranging talk covered the effects of humans and animals on the demise of the native forests, and how the Trust is restoring them.
The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, and the Trust aims to improve that.
We heard how they use cattle (trampling the ground making it receptive to seed germination), and children (local schools are invited to help with tree planting, on the basis that these children will be the future custodians of the woods).
We heard how the vole population exploded when sheep numbers at Glen Finglas were drastically reduced, because the vole burrows were undisturbed by sheep hooves, and how perching poles had to be put up for raptors to control the voles.
From Jim's photographs we saw how discreet the Woodland Trust access roads are compared to those for the nearby wind farm.
We heard about planting wildflowers in Geordie's wood at Glen Devon.
Just a few snippets of information from a most interesting talk.

Thursday, 17 April 2014


February's minutes are now posted. The next committee meeting is at the end of May.

The Work of the Woodland Trust in Scotland

Thursday, 24th April 2014 at 7pm - 8pm
Education Centre, Dundee University Botanic Garden
On Thursday 24 April Jim Christie of the Woodland Trust will give a talk at the Education Centre at the Garden at 7pm. Jim is a voluntary warden at the Woodland Trust’s Glen Devon site, and was instrumental in setting the site up. Friends of the garden free, visitors £2.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Plant Sale

Plant Power

The Garden is hosting a day of activities for all the family 
Saturday, 17th May from 10 am - 4.0 pm
Entrance to the Garden is free during these times. 

Don't miss the key event 


from 12.0 AM - 3.0 PM

see the poster on the Plant Power page for further details

Fun Run

This year the 

5K Fun Run 

will take place on Thursday,  15th May, beginning at 7.30 PM.
Entry £5 payable on the night. 

The Run is open to all levels of ability and offers a unique opportunity
 to enjoy this remarkable setting. 

In association with the Institute of Sport and Exercise

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

April:Plant of the Month

Rhododendron uvariifolium ‘Yangtse Bend’

Family: Ericaceae   Origin: China    Accession: 1976

find it among the Asian Plants