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 – October 2022

This has been a very busy month for the the board. You'll see we've elected a new board of Trustees who have worked tirelessly throughout the last few weeks to prepare the Community Consultation for the WSWG project. This is the next key moment as we move forward towards bringing these two woods into Community Ownership and its success will depend upon the support of the communities in which these woods are situated.
West Stormont Woodland Group

Artists impression of proposed Taymount Wood Hub area. Thanks to Courtney Cooper, Perthshire Nature Connections Partnership.

What has WSWG been doing this month?    

So we started with a New Board of Trustees. You can follow the link to learn more about your Trustees. They are:

  • Shonagh Moore – Chair
  • Andrew Lear – Secretary
  • Elspeth Coutts – Membership Secretary
  • Alan Ross – Ecologist and Treasurer  
  • Bob Talbot – Funding
  • Betty Abbott – Trustee

We’ve had a useful meeting with Elyn Zhang of the Scottish Land Fund this month and Andrew Lear, our secretary, supported by three other Trustees, did a wonderful presentation on this project to the Community Woodlands Association Annual Conference at the Birnam Institute.

But our main focus has been, without doubt, preparing the Public Consultation which launches this Monday October 17th.

So what is this Consultation all about?    

It represents the fruits of all the work we have done to date, including our important consultation with you all last year, which has crucially informed the final Proposal. And the Proposal, which will be available on the website from October 17th, will form the basis of our CATS submission, the next stage in the process. Your support for the project, as demonstrated by the response to the Consultation, is critical to that submission.

The project plans for Taymount and Five Mile Wood are designed to provide a benefit to the Community in which they sit and having the support of that Community is a fundamental part of demonstrating to the sellers and those who control the funds that this Community project, our Community project, should go forward.

WSWG Community Consultation opens Monday 17th October    

We’ll pop an emailed invitation out on Monday morning when the Consultation period opens with a couple of reminders throughout the fortnight that it’s open.

Word of the Month

That’s it this month. Just a great big THANK YOU for being part of this extraordinary story. We believe we can bring Taymount and Five Mile Wood home for our Community.

What’s coming up next?

By this time next month we’ll have the results of this final Community Consultation and be able to gauge if we have enough support and enthusiasm to take the project to the next stage. So watch this space!



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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