Buchan Community Woodland receives revamp

Pam Ross with Alan Anderson, Ted Watkins and the Kickstart in the Community group at the new fire pit
Pam Ross with Alan Anderson, Ted Watkins and the Kickstart in the Community group at the new fire pit

Buchan Meadows Community Woodland has recently been given a good clean up by local group, Kickstart in the Community.

The Aberdeen Foyer group has spent the last three weeks taking on a number of tasks to improve the woodland for visitors.

Work undertaken included grass strimming, tidying pathways, painting and constructing outdoor furniture.

Aberdeen Foyer support worker, Ted Watkins, said: “The age group involved with this project range from 16 to 65 and it is aimed at employability.

“They take part in a 12 week course that includes work placements to give them experience and by doing so they can give back to the community.

“This group was formed in conjunction with Peterhead Projects and they invited us to come down to Buchan Meadows and help out.”

Community Woodland Officer, Pam Ross, said: “I gave the group a presentation with ideas and ways they could improve the Meadows and they took a lot of it onboard and did a great job.

“We rely on volunteers to help us out and if we get groups like this it is ideal.

The group were given material donations by Jim Adamson of Dales Farms and Aberdeenshire Council Landscape Services as Ted explained: “Jim gave us scaffolding pallets that would have otherwise been thrown out and we used an old oil barrel for our fire pit.

“Aberdeenshire Council gave us logs for our seating area and bark chippings for our outdoor classroom.

The group started work on Monday, August 5 and completed the finishing touches on Thursday morning.

After work was completed, the group put the new fire pit to use by frying sausages which everyone enjoyed!