Our New Community Project – ‘Love the Lade’

‘Giraffe Social Enterprises’ are undertaking a new Community Project called ‘Love the Lade’ .
The ‘Lade’ is the historic town canal that runs from the River Almond onwards through Perth before eventually reaching the River Tay. It has been a cherished part of Perth for a long time but has fallen into a poor state in recent years due to neglect and littering.
Giraffe Social Enterprises have taken up the challenge of putting some Love back into the Lade and have chosen a stretch of the Lade from Highland House to the Dunkeld Road as a pilot project from now to end of September (The Provost is cutting the ribon on September 23rd 2016 and an event to celebrate a successfull project (hopefully) will be held at our People’s Farmfood Market and Garden Centre at Ladeside, St Catherine’s Road (behind ‘The Range’ retail store) .
 If all goes well, it is hoped the project will be continued with other stretches of the Lade being ‘Loved’ and improved after September and onwards with help and ownership of the project by the local community coming together.
We are asking the community, local social care agencies and their clients and any individuals who would like to get involved to come and join us (we need you!!! ☺) in the challenge of preserving the Lade, both aesthetically and by improving the wildlife through conservation tasks such as planting wildlife friendly plants and checking water quality is not being contaminated by pollution.
 There are many tasks needing done such as wildlife surveys, litter picking, painting, planting fruit trees & wildlife beneficial plants/flowers, checking water quality, photography and more.
Wildlife on the Lade has increased in recent years due to better water regulations. Kingfisher, Bank Voles and multitudes of other species are coming back. Even an Otter was spotted recently!!! It is going in the right direction but YOU can make a difference for the wildlife by taking part.
An Art project is also underway and local artists will soon be working on the walls along the Lade (watch this space!!!) .
Primary schools are also involved with creating ‘Memory Walls’ and bird boxes being painted and placed along the stretch. If you are linked to a school and would like it to be involved then please email: anthea@checkin-giraffe.uk
It is hoped that Perth will start to Love its Lade again and the path that is used daily for walking, cycling and commuting to and from work and town will become a pleasant place to be again.
Please help us achieve this and bring the community together while also making our town a better place for all.
If you would like to find out more or be involved then please email:

LOVE THE LADE – Community Action Day

‘Love the Lade’ is having its first Community Action Day on Tuesday 24th May at 1:00pm and we would love you to get involved!!!

We at ‘Giraffe Social Enterprises’ are coordinating an exciting Community Project to restore our Lade canal back to its former glory.

Our aim is to conserve the Lade by improving its biodiversity and at the same time making it a relaxing and pleasant place for the community to use daily as a place to walk, cycle, jog or feed the ducks.

If you could spare some time to help us plant wildlife friendly plants, remove graffiti, litter pick, conduct wildlife surveys, clean up the Lade or help with our community art project we would love hear from you.

Our first Community Action Day will take place on Tuesday 24th May from 1:00pm at our Giraffe Ladeside Plant Centre, St Catherines Road, Ladeside, PH1 5RY.

Coffee, Tea and biscuits will be supplied!!!

Be great to have you with us,

Free Healthy Cycle Group Rides

Giraffe Social Enterprises has a new bicycle health venture and you are invited to join us for free weekly group rides.

  • Free
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:30pm
  • Easy leisurely cycling on flat cycle paths in the local countryside
  • Accompanied by a friendly guide

Email to book free weekly rides: paul@checkin-giraffe.uk

Rides leave from Ladeside Plant Centre: St Catherines Road, Ladeside, (Behind ‘The Range’ retail shop and beside Raads Garage.

Charity Golf Match Above Par!

We’d like to thank everyone who came along to our golf competition last Sunday, raising over £500 for our cause!

The sun was shining and the course, donated to us for the day by Glenalmond College was looking fantastic. In the end there were only 3 points separating the top 3 teams which is a fantastic result.

Enjoying the sun after the match.

Enjoying the sun after the match.

One of our staff members, Paul, who went on later to name his team "The Bushwhackers"...

One of our staff members, Paul, who went on later to name his team “The Bushwhackers”…

The winning team of Paul, Ian, Graeme and John (plus Sam the caddy).

The winning team of Paul, Ian, Graeme and John (plus Sam the caddy).

Jennifer’s journey – 1000 miles on a bicycle

One of our amazing volunteers is riding 1000 miles on her bicycle to raise money for the Perth Cathedral Restoration Fund.

Jennifer Irving will be starting the fantastic journey on May 1st and is looking for as many donations as possible towards her cause. Please get behind her, hope for the wind to be at her back and throw some money into the pot!

We will be getting updates from Jennifer as she goes so check out our dedicated page to see where she is and how she’s getting on.

Spring Newsletter Out Now!

Our spring newsletter is now out featuring some great stories such as:

CHECKIN LOVES THE LADE : Over the last three years many of the CheckIn jobseekers have used the Lade, the historical city-centre pathway through Perth to reach the Ladeside-based training centre, garden centre and café – and during this time many of them have sadly also seen the litter and graffiti increase. So when CheckIn was successful in winning Tescos Bags of Help bag fund for community groundwork improvements, staff and volunteers were delighted to lend a hand to…

NEW CHEF AT LADESIDE : The small seasonal café based at the garden centre on the Lade is delighted to welcome a new chef for the summer, Chris Smith. Chris is excited in bringing…

And also exciting news about our new project, The Great Perthshire Picnic.

DOWNLOAD the newsletter today to read the full stories!

Tesco Tokens for new CheckIn Project

If you are shopping in Tesco today or Saturday, look out for the voting bins near the door!

Our new project, Bee Bar and Meadow Walk will be transforming the Ladeside with a huge cleanup operation and new plants and trees to spruce up the walkway and bring it back to life again.

Simply drop the token you are given at the till into our project bin near the door and we will be one step closer to the extra funding we need.

Gardening Workshops at the Ladeside

Come along to our new monthly workshops – first Saturday of the month starting this April!

Our workshops will give you an insight into plants available, planting ideas, preparation, planting and initial aftercare and maintenance.

This is a great opportunity to participate in planting an area/container with expert guidance and help.

April 2nd    The vegetable plot
May 7th   Getting ready for summer
June 4th    Roses and irises
July 2nd    Bees, grasses and meadow plants
Aug 6th    Scottish wildflowers and trees
Sept 3rd    Autumn and winter colour
Oct 1st    Winter tasks

When: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: Ladeside Centre, Perth, Perth, Perth and Kinross
Cost: £5 – (includes tea/coffee & traybake)
Contact: 01738 633887