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Working Woods Scotland course blog by Amos

Autumn in the woodland and change is in the air. I hope you’ve been enjoying the beautiful colours as trees shed their leaves and fungi erupt from the earth. Behind the scenes, we have been working on creating a management plan for our beautiful community woodland. The consultation period for the draft plan we created […]

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Volunteer Saturday – 30th Oct

Any Chance of a Bit of Help on Saturday 30th October? Anyone that would like to help out with clearing the invasive rhododendron ponticum in the woodland this Saturday 30th October – please come along to:The Woodland Work Base at 10:00am Please dress in old clothes, and sturdy footwear – it could be a bit […]

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Scottish Forestry – Tree Health Inspection

Following recent aerial surveys by Scottish Forestry, trees have been identified within our woodland as marked in the maps below that Scottish Forestry would like to inspect on foot, regarding a possible serious tree disease (Phytophthora ramorum – www.forestry.gov.uk/pramorum ). This ground-based inspection will be carried out on Tuesday 21st September. To get the best […]

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Doors Open Days 18-19 September

Polmaise Castle was built by the Architect William Burn in 1863 and demolished 14th July 1966. Although not a designated historic garden and designed landscape, the castle’s gardens were laid out and retain many remnants of its past. In 2019 Cambusbarron Community Development Trust purchased 64 hectares of Polmaise Wood, on the north-east side of […]

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Draft Woodland Management Plan – open for consultation

Our Draft Woodland Management Plan is now available for download and review.  https://ccdt.org.uk/gillies-hill-woodland/woodland-vision/woodland-management/ We would encourage everyone with an interest in our community woodland to communicate directly with us so that your views and opinions are recorded as part of this consultation process. This consultation period will be open until 30th September 2021. This link […]

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AGM 2021

Please see the information leaflet below.  It has more details on our draft Woodland Management Plan. To print /download the leaflet use the ‘>>‘ menu in the box above.

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Woodland Base Update

We’ve been in regular communication over the last few months with Stirling Council with regards to our plans for our main vehicle access area and what has come to be known as our ‘Woodland Base’. This is the works access and vehicle turning area which is by the walled garden and one container is already […]

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July Volunteer Day Report

Mirren from Froglife joined woodland volunteer day for Gillies Hill Community Woodland today (31 July 2021). Froglife is a UK wildlife charity committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles – working with people, enhancing lives together for a healthier planet. You can read more about them on their website https://www.froglife.org/ The assembled volunteers learned […]

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Status of our Woodland Management Plan

CCDT has received funding to commission the development of a Woodland Management Plan that will lay out a long term 25-year vision for the woodland. We will also create a shorter and more detailed 5 year work plan.  This ensures that activities and actions in the woods are carried out in a logical way. The […]

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Woodland Forum Sessions

11am – 4pm Wednesday 21st July and Saturday 24th July This is a pop-up information session where we’ll have some Trustees of CCDT with our Gillies Hill Community Woodland working volunteers available to chat by the Walled Garden/Woodland Base. Display board will show more information on work completed, work planned and also potential future projects […]