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 – August 2021

Finding consensus on specific woodland management proposals on a compartment by compartment basis in both woods has been the main activity for WSWG’s Shadow Board and advisers lately.

It has been really interesting and exciting to bring people together once again in the woods to discuss forest management and conclude plans for the best outcomes for climate, biodiversity and community alongside sound income projections. And time for a quick picnic lunch along the way!

What has WSWG been doing this month?

  • Site meeting on 8 July in Taymount and Five Mile Woods with Rob Mitchell of Atala Woodland Management who is going to help ensure our finalised woodland management plans are plausible, practical and profitable.
  • Margaret Lear’s blog gifted & challenged us on Foraging Sustainably – now a month of rest for her.
  • Our Bird Spotting Walk in Five Mile Wood on 10 July to celebrate Swift Awareness Week was sadly rained off. We have however enjoyed seeing swifts flying above the woods several times since.
  • With one more Info Walk to go on Sunday 15 August in Five Mile Wood, we have so far enjoyed good weather, good conversations and new discoveries in both woods.
  • Lisa Davidson, volunteer WSWG member, has produced a draft report investigating ecotourism in community woodlands in Scotland, coming up with a series of recommendations relevant to Taymount and Five Mile Woods. Huge thanks to Lisa for a great piece of work in helping our project progress.
  • Ongoing on-line meetings of WSWG Shadow Board.
  • Work continues behind the scenes each day to begin to consolidate the extensive information and networking outcomes to make sure we have the best possible proposal to submit to CATS.

Word of the Month

Forestry compartment: The woods are subdivided into different stands of trees by species and by age, called compartments and sub compartments. This allows foresters a way of describing what is planned in different parts of the wood and they can make predictions of how much income may be generated based on the number and size of trees. WSWG will also use the forestry sub-compartments to help plan, map, communicate and manage our improvements for climate, biodiversity and community benefit.  

What’s coming up next?

  • Oops! Community Consultation Report still in progress. All being well, we will publish it on the WSWG website during August & send out a link. It’s all the wonderful comments you sent in which are taking so long to process!  
  • The last in our series of four WSWG Info Walks will take place on 15 August in Five Mile Wood, from 2-4pm, meeting in the car park at the south end of the wood on Benchil Road from 1.45pm.
  • Once we have received comments back from FLS on our draft constitution, we will begin registration of WSWG as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) with the charity regulator, OSCR.



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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