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, May 2021

We thought a nice way to start this month's update would be to enjoy the amazing detail in this photo taken by Manuela Toth of Bankfoot showing one of the oak seedlings emerging from acorns planted by her daughter earlier this year as part of WSWG's Little Acorns project. Just think - every tree starts its life as a little seedling like this. With a bit of care, our acorns will one day become great oaks. If you planted any WSWG acorns, do keep us posted on how they are doing.

What has WSWG been doing this month?

  • WSWG signed up to Tayside Biodiversity Partnership’s 21 Days of Nature challenge and hopes that those of you who have followed suit are thoroughly enjoying the daily treats it is serving up to us. Here’s a summary of what it has been about. “21 ways to be kind to nature over the course of 21 days. Beginning with National Hedgehog Day on the 2nd of May, we’ll take a trip through one of nature’s loveliest months finishing our journey together the 22nd May with the UN Day of Biodiversity. Along the way, we’ll find out about a variety of birds, bees, butterflies and moths, mammals, insects, fish and flowers all the while discovering ways to support them and help them thrive.” Nature is AMAZING!
  • We had two very useful progress and site meetings with Forestry and Land Scotland. What a pleasure it was for us to get six people together in the woods again at the same time!
  • Participation in Blairgowrie Climate Café’s new initiative: Tayside Woodland Partnerships, to bring landowners and communities together to create new woodlands for carbon sequestration and other ecological benefits.
  • Margaret Lear gave us another wonderful blog: “To Taymount Woods the long way round”. Do have a read if you have not done so already to discover what challenges and gifts the woods presented this month. So much for us to tackle in future, but so much for us all to gain.
  • A Habitat Survey has very kindly been carried out for Five Mile Wood by Birnam-based ecologist, Adrian Davis, whilst Carol Pudsey has also been discreetly undertaking some small mammal camera trapping for us in Taymount Wood. We’ll keep you posted on what they find. Here’s a few of Carol’s photos of a woodmouse for starters!
  • We received a huge number of extremely useful and interesting comments from the Community Consultation which we are still analysing with a view to incorporating as many as possible into the Proposal going forward. We will be posting the Survey Report on the website soon and will let you know when it’s up there for all to see.
  • Constitution very nearly completed for new WSWG SCIO, based on a model recommended by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). WSWG is looking for a treasurer to join our new board, without which we will be unable to register as a SCIO. Please do get in touch for a chat if you might be able to help with this.
  • 2-year budget and funding plan being developed to support immediate and longer-term fundraising activity.
  • Developing a programme of summer activities for everyone in Taymount and Five Mile Woods under the title of Summer of Nature, in recognition of huge support in the Community Consultation for managing the woods for climate and biodiversity, nature walks, environmental education and biodiversity surveying and recording.

Word of the Month

SCIO: A Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) is an optional new legal form for registered Scottish charities. Scottish Ministers introduced the new SCIO legal form in April 2011 to allow charities to be incorporated but to be administered and regulated by a single body, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (‘OSCR’). Charitable companies, which are also incorporated, report both to OSCR and to the Registrar of Companies (‘Companies House’).(Source: OSCR)

WSWG intends to become a two-tier SCIO which means it will have a separate body of members who elect the trustees to govern the charity. Members and charity trustees both have powers or duties.

What’s coming up next?

Following on from 21 Days of Nature, please let us know if you would like to volunteer to take part in bee, butterfly, dragonfly or bird surveys over the summer to help us find out a bit more about the wildlife in our woods. No specialist skills required. On-line training or other support will be given to help with identification.



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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