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 July 2019

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?

  • We’ve had our first meeting with two of our wonderful team of consultants, Chris Piper and Claire Glaister, who are busy in discussions on our behalf with Forestry and Land Scotland. Forest mensuration specialists John & Robbie Macdonald have also been measuring up the woods for us. More later!
  • Our membership is growing all the time. Let’s keep the numbers rising to prove wide community support for this exciting project. If there are multiple people 16 years and over in your household who could each become members, please encourage each of them to sign up to boost our tally more.

“Feeling Good in the Woods” and other WSWG events – latest

  • We had a great day with herbalist, Leila Mayne in Taymount Wood on 16 June. An introduction to herbal tasting, a herbal walk to discover medicinal uses of many plants found widely in the woods, and a meditative walk and creative poetry workshop. Some poems now on our Facebook page.
  • Unfortunately our Woodland Art event with artist Jeni MacNab on 13 July had to be postponed. However, we aim to rearrange it for later in the summer. Watch this space!
  • “Joining the Dots for Wildlife”: the WSWG stall at this Stanley Swift Project/RSPB event in Swift Awareness Week event on 28 and 29 June in Stanley Village Hall helped spread the message of how valuable it will be if we can improve the woodland habitat at Taymount Wood and Five Mile Wood to boost numbers of flying and other insects for our swifts and other wildlife to feed on. We gathered more new WSWG family & individual members too.
  • WSWG had its first “Gazebo Sunday” event at Active Kids on 30 June with a stall promoting the WSWG project – except it was too windy to put up our new gazebo, so we parked ourselves in one of the picnic shelters instead! We got some great artwork from visiting children and more family memberships too. WSWG stalls will be popping up all over the place – keep a look out and say hello!
  • Join us on our Community Woodland Exchange Visits. We plan to visit Aigas Community Forest near Beauly plus hopefully another nearby community woodland one day in the second half of August and also Carrifran Wildwood and Eshiels Community Woodland in the Scottish Borders on 17 August. Get in touch if you would like come and find inspiration for our own woodland adventure.
  • Free Guided Walks to encourage our Friends in the North (ie Dunkeld and Birnam) to come and meet us and to support the WSWG Project: Five Mile Wood (11am, 20 July – meet at Active Kids car park) & Taymount Wood (11am, 27 July, car park). Friends from the south, east & west welcome too!
  • 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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