Management Plan - please tell us what you think
We have started to prepare our first Management Plan for the woods which will guide our work for the next 10 years. The Plan will set out what we are trying to achieve, how we will do it and define the priority areas of work. We need to gather everyone’s views now to make sure that we have a good level of agreement in the community about how to manage the woods. We have also commissioned further tree survey work and forestry expertise to feed into preparation of the Plan. The documents and links below may also be useful:
- Maps: The map here might help you think about the proposals - there are further maps here
- Earlier consultation work: We first 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. 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.
- Report by the Woodland Trust Scotland. An expert ecologist visited the woods in Summer 2020 and wrote a report with management recommendations that you can see here.
- The Land Commission for Scotland has developed Good Practice Guidelines for Charities that own and manage land which we have found useful and will follow in finalising our Plan - more information here
Thanks again to Scottish Forestry who are supporting the preparation of the Management Plan.