What could climate change mean for Alyth?

As we near the end of another year when flooding and the fear of flooding once again troubled Alyth, there’s are salutary warnings from experts about what climate change could mean for the town.

The Met Office and the BBC have published a website where anyone can look up how average temperatures and rainfall are likely to change due to global warming:


If you enter your Alyth postcode, you’ll see what the latest scientific modelling says about what the average temperatures and rainfall could be here in summer and in winter, depending on how much the average global temperature rises.

The prediction that really jumps out is not the average increase over a season, but how much rain could fall in one day.  On the wettest summer day of the last 30 years in Alyth, there was 53mm of rain recorded.  The climate models predict that if global temperatures rise by just 2 degrees C, the wettest day could see about 60mm – an increase of 13%.  If temperatures rise by 4 degrees C, then about 70mm could fall in just one day – a 31% increase.

What we don’t know yet is what this might mean for the level of the Burn as it flows through the town.  An increase of 7mm might not sound like much, but remember that’s across every square metre of the catchment area – what happens when it’s all funnelled into the Burn flowing down through the Den and into the town?  And what if the increase is not 7mm, but 17mm?

There is research under way just now correlating local rainfall records with data from the RiverTrack monitors which might point to actions needed now to prepare Alyth for the increased risks.  What’s becoming clear is that as a community we need to start thinking very carefully about what climate change could mean for us.

Community Projects Fund deadline extended

We know that the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted things badly, so we’re extending the deadline for applications to our Community Projects Fund for another week to give you more time to get your bid in. There’s more information here about the Fund and about previous recipients (some of whom are in the montage above), and you can go direct to the online application form here.

Active summer for AYP thanks to our grant

Alyth’s young people have been getting out and about and enjoying a more active and productive late summer and autumn thanks to a ?2,000 grant from our Community Projects Fund. AYP have used the money to purchase summer activity packs to encourage outdoor exercise, plus new computers to help the young people with homework assignments and, for the older ones, create CVs, write letters and apply for jobs. There are still a couple of days left to apply for a CPF grant for your group or project, but hurry – the deadline is midnight on Saturday (31 Oct)!

Major works in the Den next week

Update received this afternoon from the Ranger for Alyth Den:Major works starting in the Den of Alyth next week (Monday 26 October). The project includes:

  • Sediment removal
  • Drainage clearance
  • Culvert repair/replacement
  • Landslip stabilisation
  • Pathway reinstatement

Sediment removal along the bed of the Burn starts first, expected to last 3-4 days, followed by the pathway/other works with an overall duration of 10 working days.

Tullyfergus bridge carpark will be closed to the public and used as a site compound for the duration of the proposed works. The path closures will be carried out in two phases to allow maximum public access and use of the site. Permission and approvals for all the above works within the Den have been agreed in advance with both SNH and SEPA. Please see the attached signage with map of pathway closures.

Community project grant applications still welcome

REMINDER: Do you have a big idea that could help improve life in Alyth? Our Community Projects Fund (CPF) is currently welcoming applications for funding up to ?2,000 and the deadline is 31 October. Find out more and connect to the online application form here: https://lovealyth.org.uk/…/alyth-community…/ If you have a big idea but need funding to turn it into a reality, don?t delay and get your application in today!

REMINDER: Get your bids in soon for our Community Projects Fund

REMINDER: Do you have a big idea that could help improve life in Alyth?? We?ve re-opened our Community Projects Fund (CPF) for applications for funding up to ?2,000 and the deadline is 31 October.? Find out more and connect to the application form here.? Under our agreement with Temporis Ltd, who operate the windfarm just northeast of Alyth, we distribute the community benefit funds they are donating to Alyth, and a big chunk of that is allocated direct to individuals and organisations in our community through the ACPF.? Applications are assessed and awarded by an independent Community Panel charged in accordance with the ADT aims and objectives.? If you have big idea but need funding to turn it into a reality, don?t delay and get your application in today!