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 January 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 past couple of months?

  • We are deep in the process of looking at the financials for the project as well as thinking about CO2 issues around our action for the climate emergency. The woodland valuations are also now underway.
  • We are delighted to say we have been awarded funding from the PKC Community Investment Fund to help with the staging of the forthcoming community consultation on the WSWG project proposals for community ownership of the woods.

“Feeling Good in the Woods” – update

  • We rounded off this wonderful programme of community engagement events with 10 “Woodland in a Backpack” sessions run by the brilliant Biscuit of Wee Adventures in 7 local primary schools:
  • Stanley Primary 
  • Auchtergaven Primary and Nursery
  • Murthly Primary
  • Glendelvine Primary
  • Luncarty Primary
  • Logiealmond Primary
  • Royal School of Dunkeld Primary and Nursery

The sessions were a really fun way of learning and a great introduction for the children to the WSWG project.

What’s next in WSWG’s community engagement plans?

Some of the ideas we are working on at the moment for you to get involved in over the next few months are:

  • Access Audit Walks and Workshops
  • Community Consultation Events
  • Easter and Summer events
  • Schools liaison
  • Taymount and Five Mile Wood Bioblitz
  • Community Creative – monthly blog startingsoon; art, photography, creative writing opportunities for you to show your support

We will keep you posted by email, Facebook, posters on community noticeboards, etc.Please let us know if you would like to get involved in helping with any of these activities.

Free trees – Request yours now – first come, first served! free tree saplings

WSWG is giving away to local community groups, schools or individuals who would like to plant trees in their local areas as part of the Big Climate Fightback. An ambitious project to plant 1 million trees by the energy company OVO, that donated the trees in conjunction with The Conservation Volunteers. It is hoped some of the trees will also be planted in Five Mile Wood and Taymount Wood. Any group or individual in the WSWG area

Contact us now.

  • Become a WSWG Member today
  • Join the FREE MEMBERSHIP SCHEME on our website www.weststormontwoodlandgroup.scot
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  • Email us: contact@weststormontwoodlandgroup.scot

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