We will want to develop a management plan for the woods that sets out our long term vision and the work we need to do to get there. This Plan is not yet in place and if you have ideas about how we should manage the woods, or the sorts of projects you would like to see, please get in touch.
We undertook community consultation in February 2019, supported by the Forestry Commission Scotland and advised by our friends from Abriachan Woods Trust. You can find the full report [here] and in summary:
- Nearly 200 people were involved in our consultation exercise overall. We had around 80 people at our “drop-in” event and more than 50 online surveys were completed. We also had pupils that were involved in through events at local schools, at the Scouts and adults at the local Rotary Club.
- Most people responding used the woods daily (32%) or weekly (31%).
- The overall response was VERY positive - 90% of people agreed (29%) or strongly agreed (61%) that we should move to form a community group to own/manage the woods.
- Over 80 people said they were willing to volunteer to help.
- Over 30 people said they were willing to contribute financially.
A number of management issues were raised by people. How do we deal with litter? How can we encourage wildlife? Can we improve the paths? Can the trees near houses be better maintained? Are the trees safe? Would it be good to signpost paths? How do we involve the school and local community? Who will pay for all this? There are no easy answers to these questions - but the preparation of a Management Plan will help us work out the way forwards. Consultation on the Plan will start in March 2021.