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 October 2019. 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

From now on, think of our two woods as

The WSWG proposals for Taymount and Five Mile Woods are coming together really nicely. We feel so deeply now how it is so vital that we go for both woods. The opportunities and benefits open to our community from working the two woods together as one asset are becoming clearer by the day and way exceed any scaled-up challenges we may perceive or face initially. The whole world is at a crossroads as to how we live on this planet in future. Having this wonderful asset at the heart of our community can help us address this across the board. Access for all, improved health and wellbeing, education, lifelong learning, freeing our collective creative imagination. Helping wildlife and habitats thrive again. Boosting the local green economy in lots of exciting ways. Our local response to the climate emergency and mass extinction.

We have had a great summer of events to spread the word and involve all ages and abilities throughout our widespread community. Our “Feeling Good in the Woods” project has rounded off with some wonderful events: Sustainable Foraging Walk, Minibus Picnics in the Woods , Cycling Without Age (huge thanks to Ballathie House Hotel for their support & generosity), Seated Mindfulness and “Woodland in a Backpack”, our new initiative for taking the woods into our local primary schools.

WSWG is at a critical transition point. We are working hard with our consultants, CJ Piper & Co on how best to go about community consultation on the outline proposals. We are also focussed on turning WSWG into the kind of organisation it must become to take ownership and manage the woodlands in perpetuity for our community. And we want our skills mix to be broadened and strengthened so Forestry & Land Scotland have no doubt we will be excellent stewards of the wood with the gap in the middle.


  • If you can help us improve our website, facebook, email and other communications….
  • If you could help us transition to & manage a SCIO or Company Limited by Guarantee … 
  • If you could take on the Treasurer’s Role….
    If you have a deep passion for our local environment and community wellbeing….

Please get in touch right away



Previous Articles

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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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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