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 February 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
  • A small group of WSWG members braved the windy weather on 8 February and had a lovely, sunny morning planting 100 native trees for wildlife in Taymount Wood. We also did more User Surveys with walkers and horseriders and mapped ideas for access improvements they would like in both woods.
  • Native tree saplings have been given out free to WSWG members who have space available for planting them, as part of the Big Climate Fightback One Million Trees project sponsored by energy company Ovo and The Conservation Volunteers.
  • PKC would like to include Feeling Good in the Woods in a leaflet they are producing to celebrate some of the projects which have received funding from the Community Investment Fund to date. We aredelighted to have been selected from so many lovely projects and are chuffed at the publicity it will give us.WSWG is currently seeking the permission of people shown in the photos PKC would like to use in the leaflet.
  • The WSWG Steering Group had a very useful meeting with Forestry and Land Scotland and the Scottish Land Fund on 7 February looking at various aspects of our progress and the way forward over the coming months.
  • We continue looking at the financials for the project and CO2 issues around our action for the climate emergency. We are expecting the woodland valuations to be available before the end of February.

WSWG Word of the Month – Proforestation

Allowing the woodlands to reach their full biological potential (Proforestation) serves the greatest public good by maximising co-benefits such as nature-based biological carbon sequestration and unparalleled ecosystem services such as biodiversity enhancement, water and air quality, flood and erosion control, public health benefits, low impact recreation, and scenic beauty, as well as offering a diverse and sustainable forest produce resource for income revenue.Practicing proforestation as a purposeful public policy on a large scale is a highly effective strategy for mitigating the dual crises in climate and biodiversity and ultimately serving the “greatest good”. Recent research shows that natural forests can hold 40 times more carbon than plantations.

What’s coming up next?

Saturday 15 February – Tree planting, Litter-picking and Access Survey at Five Mile Wood. Meet at main car park at 10.30am. Stay as little or as long as you like. Bring a spade if you can and dress for the weather! We will keep you posted on other upcoming activities by email, Facebook, posters on community noticeboards, etc.

Please let us know if you would like to get involved in helping with any WSWG activities.

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