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 January 2021. 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 fabulous blog from Margaret Lear to end the year – “Little Acorns, Great Oaks”. How nature never ceases to amaze! A massive thank you to Margaret for treating us to these monthly delights through a difficult 2020. Alongside this blog, in this oak mast year, we have been gathering acorns in nearby woods, including, with the kind permission of the Woodland Trust, Kinclaven Bluebell Wood. As we are unable to hold community planting events due to the lockdown, these are being distributed to members and community groups who are growing them on in pots for planting out in Five Mile Wood and maybe Taymount Wood at a later date. Anyone who would like some, please get in touch.

  • Excellent report produced for WSWG by retired international forestry consultant, Alastair Fraser, offering a woodland management option which would create a woodland structure that achieves the greatest overall sustainable combination of benefits from biodiversity, amenity, carbon sequestration and timber production. This includes carbon sequestration calculations for the woods. 

  • Draft Feasibility Study on WSWG’s proposal for bringing Taymount and Five Mile Wood into community ownership, produced by forestry consultant, Donald McPhillimy. 

  • We are delighted to say that several WSWG members have agreed to join our Shadow Board or offer specialist advisory back-up in the next critical months of the WSWG project.

  • Lots of work towards finalising the pulling together of the many aspects of our Vision and Proposal for the two woods which have been identified and evolving over the past two years. This has included embracing many great ideas but sadly rejecting other aspirations (eg small field-scale community renewable energy project) which investigation has proved would not be currently viable. But we believe we have a fantastic set of ideas to consult you on in a few weeks’ time. 

WSWG Word of the Month – January

  • Carbon sequestration: The long-term capture and storage of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in carbon sinks such as oceans, forests or soils to mitigate global warming and avoid dangerous climate change. A classic example is the photosynthesis of trees and plants, which absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. (Source: Jargon buster: ‘Carbon sequestration’ (edie.net))

What’s coming up next?

  • Ongoing hard work by the WSWG Steering Group and our consultants, Donald McPhillimy and Chris Collins, to consolidate and integrate the Feasibility Study, Business Plan Parts 1 and 2 (Forestry and Community Benefits) and Community Consultation process, which will be open to everyone as well as Members. 
  • Launching new WSWG website!  
  • WSWG CATS Community Consultation – from Monday 22 February 2021 to Friday 19 March 2021.

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