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



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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