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 – March 2021

Well, the biggest thing by far we have done this month is launch the WSWG Community Consultation on our new website. Huge thanks to Perthshire Websites for doing such an amazing job for us and to consultant Chris Collins for pulling together the WSWG Proposal Consultation Report, Maps and Survey Questionnaire to make this all happen. Both have worked magic for us above and beyond their remit.
West Stormont Woodland Group

The Survey is still open until 19 March so if you have not yet managed to fill it in, there is still time to have your say! Hopefully you had our WSWG leaflet coming through your door this week if you live in the Strathtay ward. Walking in the woods? Scan the QR code on our info boards to get straight to the Survey on your smart phone.

What else has WSWG been doing this month?

  • More acorns given out! Bankfoot Guides might be potting some up as we speak. A number also planted direct in Five Mile Wood into gorse patches to help protect emerging seedlings and saplings from grazing by deer.
  • Zoom meetings with Forestry and Land Scotland and the Scottish Land Fund to update on WSWG progress and our scheduled timeline going forward.
  • On-line training session from the Community Woodlands Association and the Tree Council on ash die-back. Not so critical for Taymount and Five Mile Woods themselves with little if any ash there, although likely denying us this wonderful native species in the future mix, but ash trees and ash in hedges are common in the wider local landscape. Management efforts across the UK are now focused on mitigating safety risks from diseased trees, while allowing for natural regeneration of potentially disease-tolerant or resistant trees wherever possible.
  • Zoom interview with Tayside Bioregioning who are gathering information to build a picture on who is taking what action for the climate and ecological emergencies within the Tay river catchment. 
  • The first blog of 2021 from Margaret Lear, “Whose woods are these? I think I know …” This year, Margaret is going to offer us a monthly Gift and Challenge from the woods. February’s gift? Gorse flower tea. February’s challenge? Whose woods are these? Urging you to complete the survey in the WSWG Community Consultation!!  An easy challenge, really. But a vital one for our shared project and only a few days left. Please do join in if you can!
  • WSWG article in February e-Newsletter of the Community Woodland Association. See page Six …

Word of the Month

Woodland: Meaning: noun – land covered with woods or trees; adjective – of, living in, or relating to the woods. Synonyms: forest, trees, copse, thicket, grove, brake, plantation, spinney, chaparral, boscage … and more. Scottish Gaelic: coille. Scrabble score: 13 (minimum!) Anagram: download.

What’s coming up next?

  • Analysis of Community Consultation Survey which will inform the final WSWG Proposal and Business Plan.
  • Transition of WSWG to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).



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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