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 – December 2022

WSWG is delighted to inform you that we have submitted our CATS Application to Forestry and Land Scotland for Taymount and Five Mile Woods, based on the WSWG Proposal 2022 Going Forward which received overwhelming support in our recent Community Consultation. It has been a long haul and we are so grateful for your support in getting us to this point.

In January 2023, we will start the period of discussion and negotiation with the CATS Panel and so look forward to keeping you updated as that progresses. For now, we would like to wish all our WSWG Members, Associates and other supporters a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

What has WSWG been doing this month?

Other great news is that the vegetation clearance is well underway at Five Mile Wood and will start at Taymount Wood as soon as Five Mile Wood is completed. Over the past few years, tree and scrub regen has been thickly smothering verges in both woods, seriously impeding access along the core paths and overwhelming the rich wildflower communities which we want to recover and protect going forward. And once again we will be able to walk pain-free with the encroaching gorse removed. The core path in the middle of Taymount Wood has literally become impassable, so it will be good to actually see the core path there again! Thank you to Forestry and Land Scotland for getting this done.

Main track in Five Mile Wood, December 2020 – another 2 years of encroachment still lay ahead!
Brush-cutting operations open up a nearby section of track in Five Mile Wood, November 2022

So now, let’s all have a wonderful break over the festive season, and please do get out into the woods and enjoy them over the holidays if you can. Here are a few of nature’s wonders we have come across recently in Taymount Wood.

Fungus on rotting birch tree, December 2022
An example of the fabulous biodiversity value of deadwood habitat, Taymount Wood, December 2022
The Nytie Burn flowing from Kingsmyre Loch through Taymount Wood, November 2022

Words of the Month

This Tender Land: Last year, WSWG member, John Kendal, wrote a lovely song with this title which we first heard at our carol singing event in Taymount Wood just before Christmas 2021. Here are the beautiful words of the first verse:

Into the trees this misty night beyond our human claim,

we feel the depths of Autumn’s treasure; Winter’s Earthly frame;

the Spring light and the Summer sun their warming rays to bear,

when silent life will sing throughout the land – this tender land…….

If you’d like to hear “This Tender Land” again and read the lyrics in full, click here

And thank you again to John for this wonderful expression of support for the WSWG Project.

What’s coming up next?

Despite our best intentions to run an event or two before Christmas, we have just been too preoccupied with the CATS Application. Now that’s in, we will do our best to arrange some events in early 2023! Watch this space (and the weather forecast!).

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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 – 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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