1) Community Woodland update. Mark Aquilina has heard back from Pitlochry Estates He wrote to them to see if there may be any woodland available. Mr Charles Butter responded, and said that unfortunately there is no suitable land at present. So other options will have to be explored. The Woodland Group will meet again soon.
Allotments were discussed at Community Council on 11/4/22. No further forward at present.
2) Green badge to be set up locally for accommodation providers update. ECO business providers in Pitlochry will be able to apply for a Green badge in near future for their hotel/B&B/holiday let's etc. Meeting with Growbiz was very successful.
Would anyone be interested in helping Alison Robb with this. Graeme Fish from Torrdarach House B&B is going to help Alison Robb with looking over the questionnaire for her.
3) Repair Cafe,and difficulties re premises for Repair Cafe, Men’s Shed and Sprout (Eco-Hub)
Julia Harriman is particularly interested in trying to get this started up. A post on the local Pitlochry Community Facebook page produced quite a few responses from people with various skills, and one or two folk also expressed an interest at the recent Community Action Plan event at the Town Hall ( where the Climate Cafe had a table).
A few people attended a virtual Repair Cafe workshop recently organised by Circular Communities Scotland. The Glasgow Repair Cafe may be designing a “start-up pack “ for new Repair Cafes which would be useful.
It is hoped that the Repair Cafe could happen on a reasonably regular basis, eg once a month. Kaja feels that a Repair Cafe could operate out of Handam, especially if a gazebo could be put up outside the back of Handam to provide extra space and shelter. This would probably be at days or times when the Handam shop was closed. Also some workshops and events may happen in the Moulin Hall, and a Repair Cafe could be held at the same time.
There are a few possibilities re premises. The toilet block behind Handam is an option and has been discussed with the PKC. However, the roof is now leaking and the price of fixing it could be considerable. The “Drama Hut” is another possibility but is very full of “stuff” with no alternative home. There is a possible space in the Townhall too
4) Community Action Plan Feedback March 25th/26th was very well attended. People very engaged and keen to see improvements in many aspects of environment and life generally in Pitlochry. Preliminary findings suggest especially concerns around lack of facilities for young people in the environment. Early findings to be reported on shortly. We included some posters with information on - What the Climate Café is. What Sprout the Community Eco Hub will be, A local Repair Café, Men’s Shed, Community Woodlands group etc and a list of workshops and presentations we have organised so they can be promoted to a wider audience.
5) Piffl Boxes Gothenberg. Deirdre Maceachern has relatives in Sweden where they have this system which enable people, young and old who don’t have of cant afford access to sports equipment and games to play in parks in the city. Equipment is stored in a large compartmented metal cabinets...ie Piffl box. They are accessed via an app and you need to input a credit card number although you wont be charged unless you keep the equipment. .
Deirdre is hoping to find out more when she visits Sweden next month. This would seem to be a possible idea for Pitlochry.
6) Proposed New Forestry Road across Moulin Moor from the Ballyoukan Forest to join the A924 between Pitlochry and Kirkmichael
See Carol Aitken’s recent email dated 7th April re this for more details. This issue was discussed at the Community Council meeting, Monday 11th April, and 10 members of the Climate Cafe attended. Councillors John Duff and Xander McDade were present. The main points of concern are: proposed timber extraction route over Moulin Moor, which is an SSSI. Possible disturbance to surrounding wildlife/plantlife, especially birds. Also potential damage to areas of deep peat and/or adverse affects on local water supply. An Environmental Impact Assessment has been carried out, but some further studies need to be completed re peat depth/quality and bird life. There is also great concern re the potential number of timber lorries passing along the A924 and then through Pitlochry. In view of the level of interest in this proposed road, The Community Council have contacted Neil White of Scottish Woodlands and organise a public meeting.
7) Hustings – prior to local elections a Hustings was held in Aberfeldy Town hall on 27th April 2022. Aberfeldy Climate Cafe organised this event and there were a few people from Pitlochry Climate Café attended. A question was asked about the proposed timber extraction from Ballyoukan Forest. Not much has happened yet but they are not going to start extracting timber until 2024 and they are looking at taking the timber lorries through Kirkmichael as the timber would be headed for the East Coast and Aberdeen. Not great for Kirkmichael and those who live along those roads.
8) Update on Sprout, The Community Eco Hub. The creation of Sprout is to help the Climate Café and other groups to apply for funding for any projects like a Repair Café.
Workshops and Conversations. Carol is on the process of organise a number of events for the community. Events on Food waste to assist householders in reducing the amount of avoidable food waste. Along with other events on Energy, Water, childrens activities focused on recycling and climate change, gardens and biodiversity etc. Once the dates etc are sorted the list will be sent to you.
Do you have any other ideas for topics for presentations and workshops you would like to see happen?
9) Earth Day 22nd April 2022: Deirdre organised an event in response to Earth Day and the Global Clean Up Project 2022. Eight people from our local Litter pick group and Climate Café volunteered to helped with the Big Sweep down Atholl Road from The Auld Smiddy to Escape Route. It was dirty and untidy but there was a great response from local people and visitors
10) Climate Fringe week late Sept, early October – What can we do to make it a week long event? Story telling and Science, Music, Quizzes…. Some events activities discussed were Food Waste Activities with PKC Yvonne Bell eg. Using up leftovers, freezing safely, foraging. Any ideas welcome.
11)PKC Managed for Wildlife Trials Public Consultation – October 2022 This year PKC will be managing some green areas in selected parks and open spaces in a special way - and they want to know your thoughts!
Selected green areas will be managed on a trial basis with view to benefit native flowers, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. This will be achieved by allowing the grass to grow freely in some areas, while other areas will only have one single grass cutting this year, and the rest will see a combination of both methods. Let them know your comments on both the trials as a whole, and to tell us which areas matter most to you. You can read more information, view the trial areas, as well as fill in the survey, at the following link: https://consult.pkc.gov.uk/communities/managed-for-wildlife/
12)The Green Lie Documentary interesting documentary looking at Palm oil and companies like Unilever and Nestle and the impact they are having on the biodiversity in countries like Indonesia. And how not green or sustainable these plantations are and its not just our spending power but talking action too.
https://www.takeoneaction.org.uk/film/the-green-lie/ Purchase or free. There are other films too that I could look into for screening in Pitlochry.
13) Aberdeen's Climate Action Climate Cafe Event - What if your Pensions or Investment could change the world, Was Tuesday 1st March There is a copy on their FB page and youtube if anyone is interested https://www.facebook.com/aberdeenclimateaction/videos/4378500812250569
14) Street Bank tool exchange. Alison is part of this group and although it is small it is up and running. Would this be of interest to you so more people could share and borrow tools etc from each other and get to know their neighbours. There are also websites to help recycle, upcycle and pass on items such as Freegle, Trash Nothing, Gumtree and Facebook etc
Next Climate Café:- Thursday 5th May and Tuesday 10th May
Climate Cafes are either 1st Thursday in month from 7pm or 2nd Tuesday in month from 1 pm. (virtual or in person). All to be held in Moulin Hall.