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

So it’s April 2020. What has WSWG been doing this month?

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
  • Less than usual, it has to be said!! Our main focus has been working out how we are going to operate during the Covid19 crisis. Like so many people in the current lockdown, we have made a start by participating in some virtual meetings using Zoom to progress WSWG business. Our plans for the drop-in community consultation events are obviously on hold. We are therefore currently investigating how we might carry out the consultation by other means during the coming months. Please stay tuned as we work things out.
  • This past month saw the second monthly blog for WSWG by Margaret Lear, writer, gardener and green woman engaged with change, to help us follow our two woods through the coming seasons. Under the circumstances, this couldn’t have come at a better time. This month’s piece “Ambushed by Birdsong in Taymount Wood” can be read on the WSWG Facebook page and website. It is an absolute delight which will hopefully carry you and your senses through our springtime woods without even leaving home!

WSWG Word of the Month – April

  • Origins of names often cause debate. One theory is that April was named after Aphrodite, the goddess oflove, beauty and fertility. Another cites the Latin word “aperire”, meaning “to open”, referring to the opening of buds and flowers in the spring. Both are apt and plausible, and reflected throughout Taymount and Five Mile Woods at this time of year. Spring flowers like lesser celandine, pussy willow and gorse open up to provide nectar and pollen for queen bumble bees as they emerge from hibernation. Insects hatch. Frog and toad spawn too. Birds are raising their broods. You will see bats feeding most nights after their long hibernation. And with luck and a keen eye, there might be sightings of red squirrel kittens starting to venture out close to the breeding drey with their mothers.

What’s coming up next?

  • What we are looking for is help from you all to keep the connections going between our woods and our community.
  • Help us imagine April in the woods. Stanley Development Trust is promoting local walking routes for people to use during the Covid19 crisis. If any of you are managing to walk, run, cycle or ride through Taymount or Five Mile Woods in the course of your daily exercise allowance, please let us all know what you see and hear. Tell us what flora and fauna you see, what sounds you hear, any ideas you have for the woods in future and even any problems you come across. If you can, do send us photos or video clips, even a selfie with a seasonal woodland scene behind, which we can post on the Facebook page and website.

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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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