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

Stanley and District Community Council – September 2018

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

Taymount and Five Mile Woods Project
Monthly Update for Stanley and District Community Council Meeting 11 September 2018

1. The Taymount and Five Mile Woods Steering Group is meeting monthly, with sub-groups meeting to progress issues in between.

The Steering Group meeting on 20 August discussed:
* feedback on Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) from meeting with Hamish Murray and Rebecca Carr of Forest Enterprise Scotland at Inver on 9 August
* organisational matters
* progress with partnerships, funding and resources
* communications, internal and external

2. On 3 September, three representatives of the Steering Group met with two trustees of Dronley Community Woodland (DCW), Auchterhouse. DCW embarked on CATS in February 2017 for acquisition of the local 50 hectare Dronley Wood and has just been invited to submit a formal bid to Forestry Commission Scotland. Hearing about their project, CATS experience and advice was very helpful.

3. On 5 September, five representatives of the Steering Group met with Lynn Molleson of Community Ownership Support Service (COSS), a Scottish government-funded organisation set up to assist groups in acquisition of land or buildings. This was an extremely useful meeting which broadened our knowledge and perspective on the Community Empowerment Act, the CATS process ahead and gave us some very useful organisational and timeframe guidance. A principle piece of advice is to make contact with Scottish Land Fund (SLF) asap. COSS support will be ongoing and free of charge.

4. A Community Engagement sub-Group, which includes a representative from West Stormont Historical Society, is currently meeting weekly to produce a Community Engagement Plan to propose to the Steering Group meeting on 17 September. COSS advice has already been very helpful in that exercise. It is intended to develop an increasing public profile for the project over the coming months including a social media presence, posters, surveys, guided woodland walks, press articles, etc, leading up to a programme of drop-in community engagement events in different local community venues.

5. Councillor Grant Laing included the project in his “Notes from a Councillor” for the current edition of Dunkeld and Birnam’s regular newsletter “The Bridge”, our first piece of local publicity, for which many thanks.

6. Stanley Development Trust is offering help with setting up a Facebook page and a group email.

7. The Steering Group will shortly be considering an appropriate membership format for the project.

8. The Steering Group is auditing its skills and capacity and will be seeking to recruit additional members to ensure appropriate breadth of competence, representation and resilience for the challenging task ahead.



Previous Articles

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »