Tay Estuary Diary June 2017

This month’s weather had a bit of everything thrown into the mix; and the river level was up and down a bit at times, but overall we managed to get on with things.

There was a big team effort by everyone involved in getting ready for an open day (25th) and a royal visit (27th) down at The Willowgate Activity Centre. Both events had a fantastic turn out on their day.

First up was the open day, which saw over 1300 people attend on the day over a nine hour period.  The open day programme included free taster sessions in canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, aqua zorbing, raft building, archery, bush craft, fishing and a display on outdoor learning.

The new pontoons were also in use with boat trips running between the Ferguson Gallery pontoon and the Willowgate pontoon, there were also boat trips going down as far as Elcho castle.

We had a variety in the sizes of boats being used on the day, and a mixed age range of people, who had booked onto them for their trips, but they all had one thing in common, and that was their positive feedback on the experience.

Again there has also been so much fantastic feedback on all the open day activities, and it was great to see so many families making a day of it. There have been so many people involved in it all that made it such a great experience on the day, who deserve such a big thank you for all their time effort and hard work.

Next up was hosting the Royal Visit at Willowgate from Prince Edward on the 27th, which was there to launch a skiff boat built by young people from Perth High school.

This event was organised in partnership with The Tay Landscape Partnership. There were about 140 young people and parents in attendance who were either involved in the building of the skiff or taking part in The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

The weather was not so kind on the day but it did not dampen the spirits of all those involved in it, and once again there was a lot of positive feedback after the event. The weather faired up a bit as the month came to an end and the river level was beginning to settle back again.


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