Letter to the Editor
It is some considerable time since I first wrote to you at The Bridge regarding the War Memorial site at Little Dunkeld (I think 2012) so I thought I should give an update. Following representations through Councillor Grant Laing, council workers attended during 2014 and carried out considerable works at the site, including removing obtrusive trees, rhododendron bushes and other vegetation and at the same time did a major reconstruction to the access pathway including installing an improved handrail for safety. Along with these works I can tell you that some local volunteers, namely Gordon Gerrie, Isobel Price, Kenny Bray, Jack Hutchison, Linda Speirs representing Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom, and myself have attended at the site on occasions when convenient to us and have given the site some TLC which it sadly needed including removal of rubbish (discarded cans, bottles etc.) and cutting back more intrusive vegetation. It all takes time and I think it is more a work in progress than a finished job at this stage.
I hope this next bit will be of even more interest to your readers. I had noticed that the alternative path (that which is less steep and runs between the Stell Park houses and Park Cottage) was unmarked, so I asked Gordon Gerrie, who is VERY handy, if he could help. And he could.
Some years ago Dunkeld Bridge was vandalised in that some of the parapet stones had been tumbled off and landed in the river. With permission, Gordon had retrieved some and now one of these historic stones is sited at the entrance to the side path and engraved ‘Monument Walk ‘. I think a very appropriate use and entirely in keeping with this site. As the saying goes “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.”
David MacDougall, Willowbank.
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