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 for February 2021

West Stormont was the name used in medieval times to cover the parishes of Auchtergaven, Kinclaven, Logiealmond, Moneydie, Redgorton (Stanley) and the Murthly portion of Little Dunkeld. West Stormont has been chosen as the most suitably inclusive title for the many communities connected to Taymount and Five Mile Woods today. Working with local people to bring Taymount Wood and Five Mile Wood into Community Ownership

What has WSWG been doing this month?

  • A big thank you to Shonagh Moore forcreating our Window on the Woods graphic for promoting the WSWG Vision: Eco-Forestry for the Planet and Forest Diversification for People.
  • Another big thank you to Shonagh forproducing the door-drop leaflet for the WSWG Community Consultation which your Royal Mail postie will deliver to you in the coming weeks. Keep a look out for it!
  • Distributing acorns! Updates later.
  • Attending an on-line training session fromthe Community Woodlands Association onrunning a Woodfuel enterprise.
  • Ongoing work by the whole WSWG Teamto consolidate our plans around this vision
    for our community and our local environment.
  • Our new Shadow Board members and volunteer advisers contributed lots of extremely useful feedback on the Feasibility Study, so many thanks indeed to them for this invaluable input.
  • Zoom meeting with Jim Lee of Energy4All regarding various avenues for working together in future.
  • Attending an on-line webinar “Shaping Scotland’s Treescape” run by Edinburgh Conservation Science.
  • Continued development of new WSWG website which will be ready for the launch of the WSWG Community Consultation on 22 February. New website address: www.weststormontwoodlandgroup.scot

What’s coming up next?

The WSWG Community Consultation will run from Monday 22 February to Friday 19 March. We are seeking your views on our forest management plans and community well-being proposals, which include many ideas that have come from our members and supporters over the past two years. Please view our Plans and complete the Survey Monkey on our new website. Let us know what you think. We need your views to make this happen.



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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