ACP on national TV

This month’s ECO-Ayrshire festival attracted the attention of ThatsTV Scotland who wanted to do an advance feature. A reporter met our pathminders on a work party at Dunnymuck where we were installing another of our ‘blue bins’ to encourage walkers to do their bit for the path environment by picking up plastic litter – Blue Planet, Blue Bin, Pick up Plastic, Pop it in. It was a beautiful sunny morning on one of the most scenic parts of the path and the TV shots should be superb – the interview with Ron Ireland perhaps less so! Another bin in...

Pathminders’ Summer BBQ at Doonbank

Well – the Swaines sure know how to lay on a BBQ! The sun shone, the wine and beer flowed like the Doon, the chat was excellent, the food was amazing, the quiz was long (only to be expected from John D) but great fun and…………everyone behaved! It was a day to remember so thanks to everyone who helped make it possible, but especially to Chris and Susan who were up at the crack of dawn to prepare scrumptious salads, deserts etc and set up the garden (with Bob’s help) for all our enjoyment. the hosts the boys who said hot dogs ? full swing the bairn relaxed host the girls Susan calls time this one’s on me man talk garden time BBQ Bob cheers any more wine ? all good pals the party 3 salad days the cottage the walking wounded the party BBQ Bob 2 the Ireland...

Tick Talk

The sun shone at Drumshang on a lovely hot summer’s day as the ACP team arrived armed with all the implements necessary for a morning of snedding, strimming and mowing. The most important implement of all however was also the smallest! As the team tore into the undergrowth so clouds of insects rose along with the grasses and dust. Clegs were the most obvious nuisance but other, less obvious insects were also about and these included the dreaded tick. As far as is known, the only casualty was yours truly, who found one on his inner arm the following day. This was swiftly and easily removed with a tick-pick (see photo) and each work party leader will have one or two of these in his or her first-aid kit. Tick bites can, in exceptional cases lead to the potentially serious Lyme disease so it is worth reinforcing the simple safety measures to avoid and/or deal with tic bites: Wear appropriate clothing to cover as much flesh as possible – long trousers, sleeves and socksOn returning home, before or during showering, inspect your body for ticks which may be embedded. These are identifiable as tiny, raised, black dots which you can feel if you brush your hand across the area. A magnifying glass will allow confident identification.Remove the tick using the tick-pick in the correct manner. Slide the forked end of the pick underneath the body of the tick (its head is under your skin) and twist to remove the whole tick cleanly.Apply an antiseptic to the affected area.Over the next few weeks, be aware of the (remote) possibility of...

Beach Clean Post-Script

Just a couple of months after the big beach clean it was necesssary to revisit the shore at Chapeldonan where recent farming activity had exposed years of accumulated rubbish which had been buried beneath the wind-blown sand. A small team comprising Ron, Di, Gus and Bob (George), with later car and trailer assistance from Jimmy, filled 25 bags and collected larger material equivalent to another 5 bags – and that got the job only half-done! Back next week hopefully to finish it and help to return this lovely section of path to its previous natural...

Balkenna Bridge Open

Good work last week saw the bridge and approach paths virtually completed and the bridge can now be considered fully operational. This was a great project, expertly designed and constructed to resist all that nature can throw at it in the way of winter storms and high tides – and at a cost of only £550, but with a lot of sweat and blood from the pathminders. Well done everyone involved – no need for walkers to get wet feet anymore. The finishing...
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