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 March 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
  • On 15 February, another small band of WSWG supporters braved the elements to do some underplanting in Five Mile Wood. About 100 hazel saplings were planted to diversify the future woodland habitat. Thanks you to energy company Ovo and The Conservation Volunteers for donating these trees to WSWG.
  • More User Surveys completed by dog walkers and families out for a breath of fresh air and exercise.
  • Mapping ideas for access improvements in both woods – ongoing as part of community consultation.
  • The car park entrances at both woods are suffering a lot of litter and some flytipping. WSWG volunteershave litterpicked, filling bags and bags of needlessly and sadly discarded rubbish. More of that soon.
  • This month saw the first in a series of monthly blogs for WSWG by Margaret Lear, writer, gardener and green woman engaged with change, to help us follow our two woods through the coming seasons.Margaret is doing this as part of her “Comments on the Nature of the Universe” blog where she ask questions about nature, the universe and where we fit into it all. This month’s beautifully written piece entitled “A February Morning at Five Mile Wood” can be read on the WSWG Facebook page and website.
  • Networking meeting with group working to bring Dalrulzion Wood, Kirkmichael into community ownership.
  • Presentation to Luncarty Lunch Club about WSWG Project. A big welcome to 11 new WSWG members!

WSWG Word of the Month – Mother Tree

  1. In forests, the system at work is not a Darwinian “survival of the fittest” where trees are vying for space and light but instead one of co-operation and nurturing. A series of underground fungal networks connects the trees in a given area to each other. These mycorrhizal fungi have a beneficial, symbiotic relationship with a host plant, in this case through the trees’ roots. They allow trees to communicate with one another and actually movecarbon, water, and nutrients between trees, depending upon their needs. The Mother Tree will typically be the dominant, larger, older tree in a network and it’s this Mother Tree that controls and determines the nutrient transfers for that network. Mother Trees manage the resources and take care of the trees in need. Without the vital role of the Mother Tree, many tree seedlings wouldn’t make it. The concept of symbiotic plant communication has far reaching implications in both the forestry and agricultural industries. This knowledge could be used to change the way we approach harvesting forests, by doing things like leaving the Mother Trees intact to foster regrowth.

What’s coming up next?

  • Community Consultation is high on our agenda but we are re-examining how to progress that in the light of the Coronavirus crisis. We will keep you posted on this and other news 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.



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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