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

Progress report – Nov 2018

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
  • Over 250 people have now confirmed their support for WSWG’s aim of purchasing Taymount and Five Mile Woods for the community under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS).
  • With Community Benefit beyond what the woods provide at present being at the heart of our purpose, the WSWG Steering Group is overseeing its newly formed Sub-Groups which are working on:
  • Community Engagement
  • Forestry and Biodiversity
  • Funding and Enterprise
  • WSWG’s new Constitution and Membership Scheme will be publicised during November & December
  • WSWG Steering Group activities in the past month:
  • Steering Group Meetings on 15 October and 6 November
  • Neighbour Survey visits underway with nearby landowners and householders to hear their thoughts, ideas and concerns about community ownership early on in the process
  • Draft Forest Plans progressing well for both Taymount and Five Mile Woods
  • “Woodland Imaginarium” – the WSWG melting pot of ideas for community benefit through community ownership of the woods – is building up nicely
  • Two members of the Steering Group attended Luncarty Community Council meeting on 23 October to introduce the WSWG project, which was well received
  • Forestry Management visits for the Steering Group to both Taymount Wood and Five Mile Wood on 25 October with three foresters from Forest Enterprise Scotland – helpful, informative and inspiring
  • Free Guided Walks led by Daniele Muir of Perthshire Wildlife and Alastair Walker of West Stormont Historical Society: 16 people at Five Mile Wood, 27 October (thanks to Active Kids for car parking); 13 people at Taymount Wood, 28 October. Great people, fantastic weather, 8 new supporters.
  • Display on WSWG and the history of Taymount and Five Mile Woods by West Stormont Historical Society at Stanley Development Trust AGM on 7 November. 6 new supporters signed up.
  • Attended first meeting of Strathtay Action Partnership at Bankfoot Church Centre. New contacts made which will hopefully be of benefit to WSWG (& vice versa) on Health & Wellbeing, funding etc
  • Meetings and discussions with a range of other local groups, businesses and community bodies about their possible involvement with WSWG – watch this space!

All this is working towards bigger community consultation activity in 2019. However, WSWG invites anyone with an interest in the prospect of our community owning these woodlands to get involved at any time. If you have special skills which could help in this amazing adventure, please get in touch. If you would just like to join our growing list of Supporters, please drop us an email and we will be in touch. Look us up! West Stormont Woodland Group



Previous Articles

Community Monthly Update – May 2024

We are really delighted this month to start with the announcement that the winner of the WSWG April Photography Competition in the Children’s category is Dougie from Highland Perthshire. His stunning and clever photograph was taken at the head of Loch Rannoch, looking west, on Saturday 20 April. Such a beautiful, calm scene in our precious Perthshire countryside, but just look at the perfect capture of the beautiful splash effect at its heart. A truly super photo.

Congratulations, Dougie. Thank you very much for taking part in this competition and your well-deserved prize will be making its way to you very soon.

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Community Monthly Update – April 2024

On Sunday 14 April, a lovely bunch of people turned out for a WSWG Guided Climate and Biodiversity Walk in Taymount Wood to celebrate the start of the new Perth & Kinross Climate Action Hub (PKCAH) for which funding has been secured from the Scottish Government.

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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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