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 November 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?

  • Local “guerilla volunteers” have been very thoughtfully and kindly cutting back gorse coming up the middle of the main track round Five Mile Wood and positioning logs to assist walkers over wet and boggy ditches at the north entrance. Huge thanks to them, whoever they are!
  • Lovely painted slates been found hung upon trees around Five Mile Wood – leaves, lizards and cupcakes to name a few! Who is the mystery artist?
  • Another lovely and thought-provoking blog from Margaret Lear on accommodating both access and nature in Five Mile Wood, entitled “Exits, Entrances and Crossroads”.
  • Access audits and plans for both Taymount Wood and Five Mile Wood with WSWG members in two- household, socially-distancing groups! See the new Balfour Beattie cycle link from A9 to Five Mile Wood.
  • On-line workshop – “Growing Alternatives : Community Struggles”, part of “From the Ground Up” – 12 months of grassroots community input to the COP26 Global Gathering inGlasgow in November 2021 for action on the climate crisis. Co-hosted with Woodlands Community Development Trust who run a Community Garden project in Glasgow. Joining in with people thinking big!
  • More brainstorming, logistics planning and financial rejigging on how to achieve, mainly on-line, therequired level of community consultation on our CATS proposal early in 2021 from our wholecommunity. This means WSWG members AND everyone else who lives in the area.
  • Drone photography to give a different angle to present our proposal in the community consultation process.
  • Securing further expert help to consolidate our feasibility study and business plan for the woods.

WSWG Word of the Month – Active Travel

Active travel simply means making journeys by physically active means – like walking, cycling, or scooting. With over 50% of all driven journeys in Scotland being less than 5km, and 26% less than 2km, there is plenty of scope for achieving a significant shift to walking and cycling as the most sustainable forms of transport. Walking is key to getting more people choosing not to use cars as it is ideal for shorter trips. Walking also forms part of public transport journeys – walking to and from buses, trams and trains. Positive impacts include: reduced congestion, reduced air pollution, higher quality public realm, better physical, mental & social health. (PathsforAll)

What’s coming up next?

  • Consolidating other themes featuring in WSWG’s proposal for the two woods: education and life longlearning, healthy living, creativity and culture, and green enterprise. These woods are just bursting with potential for community benefit for decades to come.
  • Completing calculations for carbon sequestration through proactive
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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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Community Monthly Update – December 2023

It’s another year end and this time WSWG member Françoise from Stanley has created an exquisite 2024 calendar of “Wildflowers and Friends” she photographed in Taymount Wood this year to help raise funds for WSWG. Having gone for a print run of 50, these gorgeous calendars are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a donation of £10 (or a bit more if you wish!) with net proceeds going towards the purchase of the woods.

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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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