West Stormont Woodland Group

West Stormont
Woodland Group

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) SC051682

Join us today to bring Taymount Wood and Five Mile Wood into community ownership

Community Monthly Update – April 2022

Our big news of the month is that on 5th April West Stormont Woodland Group was officially registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). The SCIO number is SC051682. WSWG will shortly be looking for a few more WSWG members to join as Trustees to help guide the group in its environmental, recreational and woodland acquisition aspirations.

The loop in the River Tay from Murthly to Stanley where Five Mile Wood and Taymount Wood are located.

What has WSWG been doing this month?

We are particularly looking for people who live in the Stanley, Kinclaven and Bankfoot area, but approaches from members living in the wider WSWG area would be very welcome too – Murthly, Luncarty, Pitcairngreen, Almondbank, Logiealmond, Dunkeld and Birnam, Caputh and Spittalfield. If you are resident in the local area, passionate about our local environment, and fancy getting involved please get in touch at contact@weststormontwoodlandgroup.scot

Site meetings with Jim Lee of Energy4All and Alex Urquhart-Taylor of Dundee Renewable Energy Society to update the scope, context and likely timeframes for potential Community Energy/Self-sufficiency/EV-charging Projects in the WSWG Project. The global energy story is shifting and WSWG intends to be part of the local response.

Meeting with Jackie Brierton of Growbiz for advice and support in finalising the WSWG Green Enterprise Plan, Funding Strategy and overall Business Plan.

Ongoing work by the Steering Group on the suite of documents feeding into the final costed WSWG Proposal and the Survey Questionnaire for the mainly on-line Community Consultation, the dates for which will be confirmed soon.

A reminder of the range of themes in the WSWG vision

Fly-tipping removed from Taymount Wood car park during the C406 Tackle Litter Group community litter-picking event on 10 April. Many thanks to PKC for removing it and to the host of local residents and other volunteers who cleared litter from the nearby verges.  PKC Visitor Rangers, Nicky and Lewis, also kindly litter-picked the car park at Five Mile Wood before they came along to help in the main event on the C406 road.

The Community page on the WSWG website is an open space for members to tell us how they connect with the woods. This beautiful poem by Julia Fehrenbacher was contributed by WSWG member, Deirdre Joy.

The Cure For It All

Go gently today, don’t hurry
or think about the next thing. Walk
with the quiet trees, can you believe
how brave they are—how kind? Model your life
after theirs. Blow kisses
at yourself in the mirror

especially when
you think you’ve messed up. Forgive
yourself for not meeting your unreasonable
expectations. You are human, not
God—don’t be so arrogant.

Praise fresh air
clean water, good dogs. Spin
something from joy. Open
a window, even if
it’s cold outside. Sit. Close
your eyes. Breathe. Allow

the river
of it all to pulse
through eyelashes
fingertips, bare toes. Breathe in
breathe out. Breathe until

you feel
your bigness, until the sun
rises in your veins. Breathe
until you stop needing
to be different.

Julia Fehrenbacher

See how it looks on our Community page: https://www.weststormontwoodlandgroup.scot/community/poetry-stories/ Please keep sending in your contributions so we can fill the page with amazing evidence of how important Taymount and Five Mile Woods are to us all now and how much more they will be when they are in community ownership.

Aerial photograph of Taymount Wood taken for WSWG in 2019: note the complex make-up of all the woodland compartments and sub compartments.
Aerial photograph of Five Mile Wood taken for WSWG in 2019: note the large “Gap Site” at the northern end caused by creeping windblow but regenerating well.

Word of the Month

SCIO. A Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) is a legal structure which has been purpose-built for the voluntary sector in Scotland. It provides limited liability and a separate legal identity to organisations that want to become charities but do not want or need the complex structure of company law. This means that even the smallest charity can access the benefits of incorporation – including limited liability and legal capacity. It is only available to charities with a principal office in Scotland and is regulated by OSCR and subject to the Charities and Trustee Investment Act (Scotland) 2005.

Source: Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Find out more at: www.scvo.scot/support/setting-up-a-charity/decide-on-structure/scio

What’s coming up next?

  • Community consultation on the final CATS Proposal – a bit delayed but hopefully revised dates to be confirmed soon. Mostly on-line but postal for those not on the internet and hopefully a couple of drop-in events as well.
  • WSWG Community Events Programme to be publicised soon – similarly delayed due to workload behind the scenes! Watch this space for walks, talks, foraging, fun events, more tree tubing. Something for everyone!



Previous Articles

Community Monthly Update – November 2023

We are really thrilled to let you know that Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has approved WSWG’s Revised Wildwood Proposal and Business Plan for Taymount Wood. This is the first big goal achieved in our Community Asset Transfer Process to bring Taymount and Five Mile Woods into community ownership!

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Community Monthly Update – October 2023

A highlight for the WSWG Project this month has been the timely teaming up of a group of employees from Aviva in Perth with some unexpectedly lovely autumn weather for a day of corporate volunteering. On 2 October, five enthusiastic Aviva colleagues spent the day with WSWG in the middle of Taymount Wood on a range of interesting and very useful tasks, quite a contrast to their usual office based working environment.

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Community Monthly Update – September 2023

Given the distinctly seasonal change in the weather of late, we thought we would bring our Word of the Month up to the top of our September update. Psithurism: (Noun) The sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves, from “psithuros”, the Greek word for whispering. Enjoy your woods this autumn!

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Community Monthly Update – August 2023

This month we really want to share with you a wonderful event we had – the joint woodland picnic on 22 July with Tayside Woodland Partnerships (TWP). We pitched our gazebos in a lovely grassy glade in Taymount Wood and set out a delicious picnic spread courtesy of Alison’s Kitchen in Blairgowrie – quiches, sausage rolls and cakes galore – on portable tables kindly lent to us by Stanley Village Hall. More food and home-baking was brought by the picnickers themselves. Despite weather forecasts to the contrary, it was a beautiful day with not a drop of rain or drizzle. After lots of great chat and good food, we heard a little about each of our organisations’ respective projects and then took a walk up the main track to King’s Myre Loch.

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Community Monthly Update – July 2023

First up this month is for us to say a big thank you to a lovely group of young people from Ochil Tower School in Auchterarder who had come on a mini-bus trip to visit Taymount Wood on 21 June … and just did a litter-pick whilst they were there!! What a great example of being good citizens – enjoying the environment and taking care of it together.

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Community Monthly Update – June 2023

We want to start with a big thank you to all WSWG volunteers who helped in the Wildflower and Mining Bee Rescue Mission this spring. Many times more wildflowers have come through along the various stretches of raked verge than would have been the case had they remained swamped by gorse mulch and, as seen in the photo here, mining bees have successfully emerged where the track surfaces were cleared to help them out too. And of course the cleared sections of track make for more comfortable going again for walkers and dogs. Lots more areas still need attention, and we will keep doing what we can when we can, but thank you again to everyone who helped make a difference for nature this spring.

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