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 – 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!

One of our Wizzy-owls waiting to hear the latest news on the woods!

Exciting news for the WSWG Community and Taymount Wood inhabitants!  

We are all very excited for our members, supporters and the wider community in and beyond the WSWG area. For all sorts of reasons, the process to date has been much, much longer than we would have wished, so thank you to all of you for your patient support and belief in the WSWG Project, expressed in so many ways over the past five years.

Aerial image of Taymount Wood
Aerial image of Taymount Wood

Our revised Wildwood Proposal for Taymount Wood is considerably smaller than the original CATS Proposal submitted in 2022 but with action for the climate and biodiversity emergencies framed very much as the primary benefit for our community. The Proposal retains the original Woodland Management Plan in full so that, when we own and manage the woods, the emphasis will shift heavily from timber to nature recovery and climate action. 

Through a small staff complement and continuing volunteer input, a developing range of events and activities will deliver diverse benefit for our whole community across the multiple themes of the Window on the Woods Vision.

As the aim will be for Five Mile Wood to come into community ownership 2-5 years after Taymount Wood, the WSWG Project still intends to hold events and activities in Five Mile Wood in the months and years ahead. 

What next?

A key milestone has been reached but there remains much to do.

We now therefore need our whole community to help us reach our ultimate goal of purchasing the woodland: little or lots of help; individual or collective; core or now and then, whatever you can offer. 

As well as giving you the great news, this newsletter also therefore aims to galvanise our supporters into action. We will be keeping in close touch with you all over the coming weeks and months to let you know how you can help and get more involved.

Summer picnic in Taymount Wood

Our focus over the next six months will clearly be on fundraising and we will need to be able to show prospective funders, both public and private, just how much our members and wider community want this project to succeed so that our woods will benefit by making space for people and nature when under our community care.

An early thing you can do to support the WSWG Project is to join us at the AGM on 28 November in Stanley Village Hall where as well as voting in the next board, you will be able to find out more about the Wildwood Project and eat cake. 

Here our Wizzy-owls come out in force to celebrate the fantastic news!

We will be sending out the AGM notice later this week so please keep an eye out for that and come along on the night if you can.

Here’s to a great next few months!

Your WSWG Board of Trustees



Previous Articles

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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Community Monthly Update – May 2023

This month has truly shown us the wide and widening reach and appeal of the WSWG Project to bring Taymount and Five Mile Woods into community ownership. We have carried out volunteer action for nature and walkers in both woods, engaged with the Highland and Strathtay Stronger Communities Network, participated in an Earth Day event staged by Perth and Kinross Council’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Team, hosted a student visit from SRUC Edinburgh and Aberdeen and received a further annual donation from the Community Fund of a local community hydro scheme. Read on to find out a bit more about these and other WSWG activities of late.

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