Rachael Shares Her Experience at Glen Finglas
Rachael Ashdown is a Gateway/eco research/woodland working group volunteer at Glen Finglas. She took some time to write about her experience:
“Volunteering at the visitor gateway at Glen Finglas has been a great way for me to learn about and get involved in my local area. Having recently moved to Scotland, I was keen to explore the outdoors on my doorstep – getting involved at Glen Finglas has been the perfect opportunity to do this and to contribute to the work of the Woodland Trust in caring for this special place.
Volunteering has provided me with the opportunity to explore the network of paths and share what I know and have learnt about the Glen with other visitors. Including the best place to see red squirrels, rare native wildflowers, birds of prey, unique ancient trees, only found in this Glen, tucked away on the burnsides high up on the hill. Learning about the history of the glen is fascinating as the human history here is unique, and very different to that of the surrounding glens. Remnants of human endeavour over the centuries is visible as you walk through the Glen, it’s like taking a walk back in time.
This glen is popular with a host of people who enjoy exploring the outdoors, there are nature walks for families with sculptures and activities for the kids to do along the way. Mountain bikers love the Meall circuit, runners and walkers make use of the network of paths, tourists can park up their campervans and walk out to the viewpoints for spectacular views over the Trossachs lochs and wildlife watchers can spend hours on the quiet slopes of the Glen with so many native species present here.
Socially, volunteering here has given me the chance to meet a really nice bunch of people and make new friends. Over the summer months there are many events on offer, in August there will be a Boomerang Bush craft day. Later in the summer the Woodland Trust ranger will be teaming up with the Drovers’ Tryst Walking festival, giving a guided walk from Balquidder to Brig O Turk. And as summer draws to an end, the annual Lantern event will take place, a family friendly evening, kids can make their own lanterns and go on a guided night-time woodland walk topped off with toasting marshmallows on an open fire. For more information and to book onto these, go to the Woodland Trust events page on the website or the Glen Finglas facebook page.”