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 – June 2022

The main thing we have been focusing on this month is the legal obligation for the new WSWG SCIO to hold its first general meeting (GM) “as soon as practicably possible” after SCIO registration which was on 5 April 2022. The main purpose of the GM is for the current Interim Trustees to resign and a new Board of Trustees to be elected by WSWG members.
West Stormont Woodland Group

What has WSWG been doing this month?

We have booked the Function room at the Tayside Hotel in Stanley on Monday 20 June for the GM with a start time of 7pm. It is so important we have a good turnout so please do come along if you can. We have sent out a “GM Pack” to members, including Trustee Nomination and Proxy voting forms plus the Agenda. We can have up to 10 Trustees (+ 2 Co-optees) and need a wide range of people who can champion the different elements of the WSWG Window on the Woods Vision and SCIO governance, so if any of these issues and activity areas interest you and you think you could help us deliver this wide range of community benefit the best way we can, please do so, either by standing for election as a Trustee or voting other nominees onto the new board at the GM.

All this does mean that the envisaged timeline for the Community Consultation on the Final WSWG Proposal for our CATS Application will not happen before the summer holidays.  The new WSWG SCIO Board will be in touch in due course to set out their plans for moving that forward.

The other top thing to report is the new Blog started by the Barefoot Woodland Wanderer. What we are discovering is that the woods, and Taymount Wood in particular, because they have been woodland sites for hundreds of years but also helped by the Low Impact Silvicultural System in place by Forestry and Land Scotland for the past 20 years, are “mainland island refuges” for biodiversity. Please do read the first two blogs if you haven’t already done so and look out for the third one coming up soon! Our woods are ready for nature recovery.

Blog 1. www.weststormontwoodlandgroup.scot/in-the-company-of-giants/

Blog 2. www.weststormontwoodlandgroup.scot/the-silent-watchers-in-the-wood/

Woodcock on nest

There is so much going on in the world to promote the vital importance of woodlands in addressing the current climate and ecological emergencies and the implications of taking different management approaches in looking after them. Here are two further fascinating links for you to follow up which help further set the scene for what the WSWG Project is all about and why it is so necessary:



Word of the Month

Regenerative Forestry: “Regenerative Forestry seeks to improve our landscapes as diverse ecosystems adaptive to change, by storing high levels of carbon to help rebalance our destabilised climate; by promoting resilient and adaptive forests to restore our depleted biodiversity; and by generating timber and other products to help mitigate climate change and support meaningful livelihoods.” (The Soil Association, Regenerative Forestry 2022)

What’s coming up next?




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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