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



Previous Articles

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!

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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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