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.

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