The Tay Landscape Partnership
The Tay Landscape Partnership was formed to work with local communities to improve walking and cycling access, conserve historic sites and wildlife, and share the history, stories, countryside and traditional skills of this local area. It is guided by Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust and Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust, who are passionate about this fascinating and unique landscape.
We have two overarching aims:
“To celebrate and enhance for future generations the landscapes where the rivers Tay and Earn meet”
“To reconnect residents and visitors with the natural, built and cultural heritage of the area”
Between March 2012 and March 2013, we worked with a broad range of organisations, groups and individuals to develop a suite of 28 diverse yet interconnected projects, which will run from autumn 2013 to 2016. Each of these projects falls under one of our key themes:
Conserving or restoring the built or natural heritage
Encouraging more people, and a wider range of people, to take an active part in their landscape
Increasing opportunities for people to have access to, and learn about, the landscape and its heritage
Provide training opportunities for people in local heritage skills
The Scheme will upgrade over 11km of paths that link communities, including routes down to and along the river. It will offer people the chance to take part in archaeological digs of the hill forts on Moncreiffe Hill and Roman sites close to the River Tay. More than a dozen historic orchards will be replanted with local varieties of fruit trees such as the Bloody Ploughman and the Lass o’ Gowrie. The hunt will continue for historic clay buildings and much needed repairs will be carried out on some of the most important examples - there are even plans to construct a new clay building.
There will be lots of opportunities to learn new skills, with training available in hedge-laying, coppicing, coble boat building, traditional building techniques, orchard management, bee keeping, wildlife surveying and recording historic grave stones.
The Scheme will be a hub for all sorts of information about the history, wildlife and people of the area and show residents and visitors where they can go and what they can see.
A very brief summary of each of our 28 projects is available on our Projects page.
The Tay Landscape Partnership area extends over 200 sq km and includes the Carse of Gowrie, Perth, Kinnoull and Moncrieffe Hills and lower Strathearn, from Forteviot to Newburgh.