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 – 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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