The Perth and Kinross Council is working with Nature Scot and the Birks of Aberfeldy Community Group to find out what local people think the future of the Birks management should be.
Under current proposals, plans are looking to improve signage, access, woodland management, paths and parking.
A spokesperson for the Perth and Kinross Council said: “We’re consulting now as we would like a broader endorsement of the proposals and action plan set out within the Plan and to improve it by taking on board the views of the wider community.”
They want to know if you agree with these proposals which aim be implemented over a five-year lifetime.
In more detail, the work planned on improving the signage is aiming to ‘create welcome signs at entrances’, remove and replace ‘interpretation boards at key locations to incorporate site map, site information and important safety messages’ and waymark trails within the Birks.
The changes planned to be made on access are to ‘improve access safety with clear segregation between access takers and vehicles.’
The plan also wants to introduce a ‘favourable recovery’ for the woodland by surveying the health and safety of the trees, ‘identify areas of protected Lichen growth for protective management’ and ‘repair and/or relocate enclosure for SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) habitat regeneration monitoring.’
Improvements planned for paths are looking to ‘re-lay and re-grade approximately 70% of path network with appropriate materials and methods’, ‘replace existing bins with improved design and introduce waste/recycling information’ and ‘refurbish two graffitied benches with sanding and treating; infill and grade appropriate material where there is water collection at bench bases and Burns statue.’
Finally, the plan is also looking to improve parking in both the upper and lower car parks to enhance the drainage, add height restrictions to motorhome access and improve the welcome signs.
The survey lays out in greater detail each of the proposed ideas for the plan. The survey will then close for answers on Sunday, 17th of April.
Anyone who wants to have their say can go to: https://consult.pkc.gov.uk/communities/birk-of-aberfeldy-management-plan-public-consultat/consultation/intro/