What has WSWG been doing this month?
- Here is a sneak preview of some of the key outcomes of the community consultation so far, which we will post in full on the website soon and then use to inform the final WSWG Proposal and Business Plan:
- 367 Surveys completed – representing 769 adults and 131 children
- More than half of respondents were not members and 100 new members joined WSWG
- 92% of respondents agree or strongly agree with WSWG’s Ecoforestry proposals for the woods
- 95% agree or strongly agree that the woods should be managed for climate and biodiversity
- 95% agree or strongly agree with WSWG’s proposals for Welcome, Access and Accessibility in the woods
- Walking was the favourite activity of all, with nature walks in next highest demand, followed by environmental education, cycling and foraging. Over 40% of respondents selected the following as activities which appealed to them most: dogwalking, local history, biodiversity surveying and monitoring, children’s events, family events, forest school and bushcraft/outdoor adventure.
- Overwhelming support for working with local businesses as well as creating jobs and community enterprise.
- Bothy and Hutting in Taymount Wood were more popular than Wigwams in Five Mile Wood.
- Only 0.83% of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed with WSWG’s Vision for the woods.
- “Give Me Shelter” – Margaret Lear’s latest wonderful blog for WSWG about holly in Five Mile Wood.
- Seeking advice from Tayside Recorders on how to run a Bioblitz – hopefully in 2022.
- Beginning WSWG’s transition to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).
- Participation in Blairgowrie Climate Café’s new initiative: Tayside Communities Woodland Carbon Group.
- Catch-up Zoom with our friends working to bring Dalrulzion Forest at Kirkmichael into community ownership.
- Giving out the last of our locally gathered acorns for members and others to grow into oak saplings. Good luck to everyone who has joined in this community event. Do let us know when the first oak seedlings peek through!
Word of the Month
Bioblitz: The survey showed that this is a new term to quite a few people. A bioblitz is an event involving members of the community and expert naturalists in finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time, usually 24 hours. It’s a way of learning hands-on about our natural environment and we’d love to do this for Taymount and Five Mile Woods next year as part of our ongoing biodiversity monitoring.
What’s coming up next?
- Working on Community Consultation Report, Business Plan and SCIO Constitution, Registration and new Board.
- Developing programme of summer activities for everyone in Taymount and Five Mile Woods.