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

Six Month Community Update 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

2018 saw the background work progress well for the WSWG Project. Throughout 2019 we need the whole West Stormont community to help decide what we would do with the woods if we owned them. That means you, your family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, commuting buddies, schools, businesses, community councils, development trusts and any other individuals, community groups and networks who would like to see WSWG’s idea come to fruition.

What Can You Do?

  1. Become a WSWG Member today. Join the FREE MEMBERSHIP SCHEME on our new website www.weststormontwoodlandgroup.org.uk Joining WSWG is the biggest thing you can do to support the project at this stage. If you would like to get more involved or help with events and other activities, you can let us know on the Application Form.
  2. Help us involve the community in your part of West Stormont. We are specifically but not exclusively looking for people from the Bankfoot, Murthly and Luncarty areas to be key WSWG links in those communities, and ideally who would be able to join the Steering Group.
  3. User Surveys. We need to do “gateway surveys” at both woods over the next few months to see who uses the woods, how they get there and how far and often they come. Would you be willing to help us develop and organise a group of volunteers to carry out this task for the WSWG Project?
  4. Like and Follow WSWG on Facebook. Help fill the WSWG Imaginarium on our website with your ideas, hopes and messages of support and the Gallery with great photos.
  5. Look out for WSWG events you can come along to over the next few months.

What has WSWG been doing since the last Community Update

  • WSWG is now a constituted “Community Controlled Body” and are applying for a bank account
  • We are now members of the Community Woodlands Association www.communitywoods.org
  • Our network is widening – Strathtay Action Partnership, PKAVS, Spittalfield Active RecreationSports Hub, Care and Wellbeing Co-op, Stanley Stitchers, Forest School and other local businesses
  • Attended seminars and workshops on Community Asset Transfer, Stirling and Perth
  • Developing our Community Engagement Programme and fundraising plan for 2019
  • Consortium of consultants chosen for Feasibility Study, Business Plan and community consultation
  • Continuing with Neighbour Survey visits
  • Publicity in Perthshire Advertiser, The Bridge and P&K North Perthshire Locality Newsletter

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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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