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Annual Report

2012 - 2013

About the Trust About the Trust Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT) was established in 1997 with the aim of :

‘providing, improving and promoting access to the countryside for walkers, cyclists, horseriders and canoeists in Perth and Kinross.’ The Trust is a partnership between Perth and Kinross Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Enterprise, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Gannochy Trust. Representatives from the above organisations, as well as from tourism, recreational, community and landowning interests form its governing body. Funding is provided by the partners and is supplemented by grant aid from other sources for specific projects. The Trust welcomes contributions to support its work. PKCT is a registered charity (Scottish Charity number: SC027481) and a company, limited by guarantee (Company Reg. No. SC173308). The registered office is 2 High Street, Perth PH1 5PH.

Members Councillor Bob Ellis, Chairman Councillor Willie Robertson, replaced by Councillor Caroline Shiers Andy Clegg, Perth & Kinross Council Stewart MacLeod, the Gannochy Trust Murdoch MacKenzie, the Gannochy Trust Stephen Baillie, Scottish Enterprise Carolyn Deasley, Scottish Natural Heritage Syd House, Forestry Commission Scotland, replaced by Mike Strachan Alastair Dorward, Land Management Interest Tourism Interest (vacant) Community Interests (vacant) Alastair Hamilton (Recreation Interests) The day to day work of the Trust was carried out by the following members of staff: Paul McLennan, Manager Andrew Barrie, Strategic Routes Officer Bid Strachan, Communities & Grants Officer Kirsty Scott, Promotion & Awareness Officer Assisted by the following representatives of the main partners: Gillian Taylor, Company Secretary Scott Walker, Treasurer The auditors are Campbell Dallas Ltd

Chairman’s Report I am delighted once again to introduce the Annual Report for Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust. Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust exists because Perthshire has an outstanding natural environment and heritage that needs special care and attention. Our activities are wide-ranging but all link to a clear goal of environmental, social and economic sustainability. We work with many different partners on programmes for public access, conservation, education, tourism and enterprise. And we play a key role in delivering the Tay Landscape Partnership, itself a major economic regeneration vehicle. Some of our other successes include the launch of the first UK based GeoTour on the Cateran Trail, which is drawing visitors from around the UK and further afield to East Perthshire using the growing

interest worldwide in geocaching. We also took the cultural legacy of the age-old Cateran Trail into the digital age with a mobile phone app. 2012 was a difficult one for all sectors of society, not least the charitable sector. As this report describes, despite a background of great financial challenges, the Trust continued to deliver its charitable objects successfully and we are grateful to our partners, staff, volunteers and supporters who made this possible. On behalf of myself and my fellow Trustees, I hope you find our 2012 – 13 Annual Report interesting. I also hope that it will encourage you to go out and explore Perthshire’s countryside for yourself.

Councillor Bob Ellis Chairman

Our Projects 2012-2013 The countryside makes an important contribution to the quality of life of local communities and is a key component of the region’s tourism industry. Parts of the countryside present exciting opportunities to improve and develop these aspects of life for the benefit and enjoyment of those living, working and visiting Perth & Kinross. These are a selection of the projects delivered by the Trust in 2012 – 13.

Cateran Trail GeoTour

The Cateran Trail App

The Cateran Trail GeoTour was launched in advance

Earlier this year, the Trust launched a new and innovative mobile phone app to give visitors to the Cateran Trail easy access to information on the go.

of the Easter holidays to encourage tourists to the Cateran Trail. The aim is to tap into the growing popularity of geocaching – a high-tech, treasure hunting game in which participants use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to seek out a cache that has been hidden at a specific location. Increasingly, geocachers plan days out, weekend

The app allows walkers to explore the Trail while reading stories about the hidden history of the people and places along the way. We have put together a collection of 20 fascinating stories including the Glenisla Giants, the Herdsman of Alyth, the Legend of Queen Guinivere and of course lots of tales about marauding Caterans.

breaks and even annual holidays around ‘cache rich’

Paul McLennan, Trust Manager commented:

environments, and this has led to a new tourism

“Our goal was to give walkers an interactive, informative and enjoyable experience on the Trail. The use of Smartphone technology is growing rapidly and the modern traveller is hands-on and wants to actively engage with their environment. They want to learn more and do more in the places they visit.”

initiative – the GeoTour. The Trust saw the opportunity to build on Perthshire’s reputation as the Geocaching Capital of Scotland and secured funding from Forestry Commission Scotland and Perth & Kinross Council to establish the GeoTour. The Trust is also working in partnership with local businesses and Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Tourist Association to provide visiting cachers with great places to sleep and eat during their stay. To take part, geocachers record finds in a special passport, with points earned by finding caches (one point), by stopping to eat (two) or staying overnight (three). Collectable bronze geocoins are then awarded to those who collect 25 points. Antique silver geocoins are awarded to geocachers who collect 30 points.

To use the app, walkers simply look out for symbols on waymarker posts along each section of the Trail and when they spot one, thumb the matching symbol on the app to access the story. The app works offline so that it can still be used when your phone signal is lost on the more remote stretches of the Trail. The Cateran Trail app is part of the ongoing offering from Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust during Year of Natural Scotland. It is available to download for free from Google PlayStore.

The Alliance Truct Cateran Trail Tay Landscape Partnership The second Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp took place in July. The 480 participants crossed the finishing line tired but unscathed after challenging themselves against the stunning — but unforgiving — landscape. In doing so they demolished the fund-raising target, raising a massive £250,000 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland. Wildfox Events who manage The Yomp gifted PKCT £2264 towards the maintenance of The Trail.

iCONic Project The iCONic Project, a Perthshire Big Tree Country initiative set up to pioneer the conservation of threatened conifer species around the world continues to flourish with several major planting s taking place this year. In the spring planting a group of horticulture students from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh helped to plant a grove of threatened Spanish fir (Abies pinsapo) on Kinnoull Hill outside Perth. Spanish fir is a native of high mountains in Spain’s Malaga province, where it is under threat due to historic logging, forest fires, and climate change. Two plantings were undertaken in the grounds of Hilton Dunkeld House assisted by a team of staff from the hotel. In late March iCONic joined forced with the National Tree Collections of Scotland by supplying conifers for a new planting in the ‘American Garden’ area in the grounds of the hotel. Species planted included threatened Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) and coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). The second planting on the Hilton Dunkeld estate was a grove of 50 Serbian spruce (Picea omorika) planted in recently cleared woodland on a steep rocky hillside. The exact site was deliberately chosen to mimic the natural habitat of this unusual conifer which grows on extremely steep slopes and crags along the Drina river valley in Bosnia and Serbia. A major seed collecting expedition to Chile took place in early 2013 with the main aim being to collect seed from the threatened Chilean plum yew (Prumnopitys andina) from a valley which is due to be flooded in 2015 as part of a hydro-electric scheme. The expedition was very successful and the seeds and cutting are now destined for a range of carefully selected sites within Perthshire and will act as a valuable conservation collection that Chile can draw on to help restore its native populations in future years. For more information on the iCONic Project visit

The Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme, led by Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, covers an area of 200km2 and includes the Carse of Gowrie, parts of the Sidlaws and the Ochils, as well as Moncreiffe Hill and lower Strathearn. Formed in 2011, the partnership submitted a fullydeveloped application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2013 and was awarded £1,435,500 to support the conservation of the unique Tay Landscape. Over forty organisations will be involved in delivering 29 projects. These will include a programme of archaeological excavations, the protection and enhancement of the distinctive clay buildings of the Carse of Gowrie, while the surviving historic orchards will be protected. Access to the Tay will be improved with new path networks and other initiatives to encourage people down onto the river. You can follow progress at

Dunkeld to Pitlochry Off-Road Dunkeld and Pitlochry are surrounded by fantastic path networks but what has been lost is the off-road link between the two areas. Until now. TACTRAN (Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership) gifted £10k towards realising this key route and The Trust wasted no time in getting the project underway using a specialist contractor, McGowan Outdoor Access (MOA) to work on the first section. MOA specialise in low impact environmentally sensitive work on upland paths using locally won materials. It is now possible to walk and cycle from Dunkeld via Loch Ordie and Lochan Oisinneach Mor, through Ballyoukan forest to the metalled road above East Haugh, and from there into Pitlochry. 15 miles (24km) of the 18 miles (28km) are off-road. Further work will be carried out to refine the route to make it fully off-road, when funding and landowner permissions allow. As well as re-joining Dunkeld and Pitlochry, the new path links two of Scotland’s Great Trails in Highland Perthshire – the Rob Roy Way, which finishes in Pitlochry, across to the Cateran Trail at Kirkmichael.

Grants in 2012-2013 Along with the Trust’s own projects, another key method the Trust uses to meet its aim is the award of grants to local organisations, community groups or individuals.

Breadalbane Tourism Co-operative Ltd Contribution to the running cost of pilot phase of the ‘Ring of Breadalbane Explorer’, and eco-friendly bus service connecting communities in Breadalbane and Highland Perthshire.

Grants £4235 TLS Hydro Limited – Bridge Repairs on Tay Path TLS Hydro Limited was awarded a grant to carry out three bridge repairs above sluice gates and one burn crossing on the Tay Lade Path between Cambusmichael and Stormontfield that were at risk of collapse. Labour, estimated at £3000 was supplied by TLS Hydro and additional match funding of £2000 was received from Perth & Kinross Council’s Quality of Life Trust. The Ring of Breadalbane Explorer

Grant £2390

Loch Rannoch Conservation Association - Rannoch Path Extension Loch Rannoch Conservation Association was awarded a grant of £5000 for fencing, path surfacing and gates along a field edge, enabling safer return access to the village of Rannoch. The work was possible thanks to the agreement of Dunalastair Estate, funding of £4000 from Loch Rannoch Timeshare, £5000 from Perth & Kinross Council’s Quality of Life Trust and £5000 from Perth & Kinross Council.

Grant £5000 Dunkeld Hilton – Cathedral Grove Tree Works A grant of £3675 (50% of costs) was awarded to Dunkeld Hilton towards high priority arboricultural works in Cathedral Grove following storm damage in December 2011.

Grant £3675 SpeyGrian Educational Trust A grant was awarded to the SpeyGrian Education Trust toward the running costs of a re-enactment of a drove of livestock from Speyside in the Cairngorms National Park via sections of the Mininaig Pass, the Shininaig Pass and the Cateran Trail to Kirkmichael.

Grant £2250 SpeyGrian Educational Trust Drovers

If you or your group have a good idea for a project, or your project needs additional support, our Communities & Grants Officer would be pleased to discuss it.

Financial Report Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust’s sixteenth financial year ended on 31 March 2013. During this period the Trust received income of £728,950 and incurred expenditure of £699,451. Accounts for the year ended March 2013 will show that the Trust incurred £442,030 (63.2%) on projects and grants and £257,421(36.8%) on support costs. The expenditure on support costs includes the costs of additional temporary staff whose role is to lead and develop the work for the Tay Landscape Partnership. The expenditure on physical works relating to the Tay Landscape Partnership will be incurred in the future.

Income 2012/13

Expenditure 2012/13

Perth & Kinross Council Core Grant Perth & Kinross Council Specific Funding NHMF Lottery Fund The Gannochy Trust Forestry Commission Gleneagles Project Scottish Government Angus Council Wildfox Events Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust Quality of Life Trust Perth Civic Trust Other Funders Heritage Lottery Fund Murthly & Strathbaan Estates Ryder Cup Outreach Project Historic Scotland European Commission Interest TACTRAN Other Income

9.6% 25.6% 1.9% 16.1% 8.1% 3.5% 1.8% 1.0% 0.3% 1.7% 1.8% 0.4% 1.1% 7.7% 11.5% 1.2% 0.3% 4.8% 0.0% 1.4% 0.1%

£ 70,000 186,536 14,014 117,240 59,000 25,757 12,886 7,405 2,264 12,050 13,000 3,000 7,833 56,264 84,078 9,000 2,500 35,000 267 10,000 856 728,950


Projects 55.8% 390,207 Grants 7.4% 51,823 Staff Related Costs 36.1% 252,771 Other Costs 0.7% 4,650 699,451

Promoting the Work of the Trust If you would like to find out about the ongoing work of the Trust you can visit any of the four websites we manage. You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, view short films on our YourTube account, look at photos on Flickr and Pinterest and even check out reviews of The Cateran Trail on Trip Advisor.

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Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust Annual Report 12-13