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

Monthly Community Update for December 2020

West Stormont was the name used in medieval times to cover the parishes of Auchtergaven, Kinclaven, Logiealmond, Moneydie, Redgorton (Stanley) and the Murthly portion of Little Dunkeld. West Stormont has been chosen as the most suitably inclusive title for the many communities connected to Taymount and Five Mile Woods today. Working with local people to bring Taymount Wood and Five Mile Wood into Community Ownership
West Stormont Woodland Group

What has WSWG been doing this month?

  • How does Margaret Lear keep producing these incredibly evocative blogs for us? November’s peacefulsaunter with her through Taymount Wood as autumn moves into winter was aptly named Last LeavesFalling” and felt just like “Stress Levels Falling” as you read it!
  • Woodland walks with Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, discussing the many ways we couldwork together once our community owns the woods. The River Tay Way looks like coming our way too!
  • Forestry consultant, Donald McPhillimy, was appointed to produce the WSWG Feasibility Studyfor our community owning and managing Taymount and Five Mile Woods.
  • Valuations jointly commissioned by WSWG and Forestry and Land Scotland are in from Galbraith: Taymount Wood: £1.4 million; Five Mile Wood £1.0 million. Equating to just £450 invested for each person in our WSWG area (population 5,670), the CATS scheme should enable us to discount these figures based on the far-reaching community benefits being included in the WSWG proposal. Let’s do this!
  • Working to bring together a shadow board to help WSWG move towards legal status to own the woods.
  • Organising the production of a new, professionally-designed WSWG website which will also beour main platform for presenting our proposed woodland plans for community consultation in early 2021.
  • We’ve also been investigating how WSWG might fit into the big new local initiative for Perth to becomethe Most Sustainable Small City in Europe in future. Starting now!
  • And those lovely painted slates in Five Mile Wood?? Nice one, Active Kids! Thank you.

WSWG Word of the Month – Mast year

Trees and shrubs each have their own ways of reproducing, such as acorns, hazelnuts, conkers, seedpods, winged seeds, cones and berries. A collective word for this seed or nut crop is “mast”, from the Scandinavian word “mat”, meaning food. Every few years, particular species will produce a bumper crop and when this happens, we call it a mast year. 2020 is looking like a mast year for acorns, the seed of oak trees.

What’s coming up next?

• WSWG would like to take advantage of the 2020 MAST YEAR FOR OAKS and help nature along by gathering acorns from where they are plentiful and planting them in Taymount and Five Mile Woods where they are not present in good numbers but would be a valuable addition to the woods. WSWG is starting to make plans for this to be a covid-safe community activity and hopes to organise something for the Christmas holidays. Watch this space and please let us know if you would like to join in so we can get in touch!

• CHRISTMAS ….. have a merry one and let’s hope 2021 is a great year for us all and our woods.

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Community Monthly Update – June 2024

Our main focus this month has been collaboration with all sorts of people and organisations in our ongoing programme of events in Taymount Wood and outreach activity for the WSWG Project. Each and every event has been a source of real joy at seeing so many people benefitting in so many ways from spending and sharing time in our lovely woodlands on a diverse range of activities. Whilst we cannot claim to have beaten the record set in 2019 for our oldest participant at a WSWG event (she was an amazing 96 years old!), at only 5 weeks old a little treasure beat the record of our youngest attendee to date by a whole 11 weeks! How cool is that? Read on to find out more about these wonderful, moving and uplifting events.

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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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