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 October 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

WSWG is back on track

As you may have noticed, the WSWG Steering Group had a bit of a lull in activity over the summer months due to the covid pandemic and other reasons, but we are back now, reinvigorated and with renewed purpose for the WSWG Project to be part of our local area’s push to Build Back Better. Everything WSWG is about will help in building a sustainable future for us all through a healthier local environment and a more connected, healthier and resilient community. This is a big opportunity to take action for climate change, biodiversity and community wellbeing in all its senses. All of us, together, can and will make this happen.

What has happened since the last WSWG Update?

  • Like many green spaces round the country during lockdown, we have noticed a marked increase in use of the woods by our local community, which is brilliant, with greater numbers walking, running, cycling, picking mushrooms and generally enjoying the outdoors, and many more cars in the car parks.
  • Margaret Lear has helped those of us unable to visit the woods maintain a connection to them through her series of wonderful monthly blogs for WSWG, for which we thank her immensely:

Bees, Butterflies and an Old Straight Track * Creeping Up on King’s Myre * The Wet Side of the Wood The Mushroom at the End of the Wood * What We Choose to Eat from the Woods

WSWG Word of the Month

Miyawaki Forests: “Mini forests” based on a forest management methodology developed in the 1970s by Japanese botanist Dr Akira Miyawaki and reinvigorated by Shubhendu Sharma in India in the 2010s. Forests planted
in composition and structure closer to what would exist in the absence of human activity grow quickly and generally show very good ecological resilience, even in very small pockets of planting. The Scottish Government wishes to pilot mini-forests to trial this innovative approach to restoring biodiversity. Could we apply citizen science to help reforest the “Gap Site” in Five Mile Wood? Our own Miyawaki Forest in Five Mile Wood?

What’s coming up next?

We intend to engage further help to consolidate our proforestry and financial plans for both woods.
Community Benefit planning is being finalised: Healthy Living tops our vision for future use of the woods;
Access, Accessibility & Welcome auditing and planning interrupted by lockdown has picked up again;
Creativity crosscuts all our themes; Education & Lifelong Learning and Green Enterprise – lining up too.
Community Consultation will begin once all these integrated plans are complete. To be covid-compliant, this
will have to be largely on-line and by post now over a longer period, rather than through venue-based drop-in events, as originally envisaged. WSWG is therefore in the early stages of developing a new website which will be at the heart of the consultation process. We will keep you posted of timescales once they are known.

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Monthly Community Update, Elspeth Coutts, October 2020



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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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