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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