Volunteers come out to spruce up Den

VOLUNTEERS are working hard to get the Den looking good again.

VOLUNTEERS are working hard to get the Den looking good again.

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A very successful work day was held recently in Auchenblae, in the popular area known as the Den which suffered extensively during December’s flood.

The Den is managed by Auchenblae Parks Committee which is currently sourcing funding to enable major repairs to the banks of the Luther Water. Further to this, and as a preventative measure should flooding on this scale happen again, a water retention area is to be created in the old dam.

However, to allow the area to be worked on safely the most serious damage had to be addressed initially and the committee would like to thank those involved in these stages, for their time, expertise and machinery which were all given free of charge.

On Saturday April 20 a workforce of around eighty volunteers descended on the Den to do their part in restoring other areas left devastated by floodwater.

They all worked so well and a tremendous amount of damage was repaired. For their efforts they were well rewarded with ample food and drinks provided, once again, by generous volunteers.

As a result of the events of December 23 last, the annual Den Opening Day had to be abandoned and will be held in conjunction with “Gala Day in the Den” on Saturday May 25 from 1-5pm, as the culmination of a full programme of events during Auchenblae Community Association’s Gala Week. The Parks Committee would like to thank sincerely the families and individuals of all ages who contributed to this wonderful community effort.

In a statement the Scottish Flood Forum said: “At the request of Auchenblae Community Council the SFF were invited to join with them on a walk along the Luther Water a burn that had burst its banks during the December storms and caused extensive damage to the community children’s play area and pathways. A very worth while visit, the SFF plan to now hold a flood protection exhibition in the village, and to continue to support the group as they move forward,”