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!).



Previous Articles

Community Monthly Update – May 2024

We are really delighted this month to start with the announcement that the winner of the WSWG April Photography Competition in the Children’s category is Dougie from Highland Perthshire. His stunning and clever photograph was taken at the head of Loch Rannoch, looking west, on Saturday 20 April. Such a beautiful, calm scene in our precious Perthshire countryside, but just look at the perfect capture of the beautiful splash effect at its heart. A truly super photo.

Congratulations, Dougie. Thank you very much for taking part in this competition and your well-deserved prize will be making its way to you very soon.

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Community Monthly Update – April 2024

On Sunday 14 April, a lovely bunch of people turned out for a WSWG Guided Climate and Biodiversity Walk in Taymount Wood to celebrate the start of the new Perth & Kinross Climate Action Hub (PKCAH) for which funding has been secured from the Scottish Government.

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Community Monthly Update – March 2024

It is a disappointing thing to have to do, but a surprisingly rewarding thing to have done. We are talking about picking up someone else’s litter. We all know Taymount Wood car park occasionally suffers from fly tipping, but it is regular littering which is more of a chronic problem, clogging the ditches, being strewn around the verges, blown into the brambles and nettles, overgrown by rank grass, buried in the soil, or crushed by vehicles if not removed regularly.

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Community Monthly Update – February 2024

First up this month, a big thank you to the Community Payback Team from Westbank in Perth who very kindly made an impromptu stop when passing to remove the worst of some fly tipping they spotted in the Taymount Wood car park in January. A heap of black bin-bags full of spent growing medium and general rubbish had been dumped near the entrance gate a few days earlier. They were unable to clear it all up in one go but are going to come back to complete the task for us. Moreover, they have offered to keep a watching eye on the site in future and clear up what they can. That will be such a help.

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Community Monthly Update – January 2024

Unusually, we’re starting this Monthly Update with a “What’s Coming Up Next” item! This message is principally for people in the Stanley and District community but we’d love to suggest all villages in the West Stormont area follow suit with their own aim of becoming a Biodiversity Village.

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Community Monthly Update – December 2023

It’s another year end and this time WSWG member Françoise from Stanley has created an exquisite 2024 calendar of “Wildflowers and Friends” she photographed in Taymount Wood this year to help raise funds for WSWG. Having gone for a print run of 50, these gorgeous calendars are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a donation of £10 (or a bit more if you wish!) with net proceeds going towards the purchase of the woods.

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