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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 […]

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John Muir Award

Cambusbarron Community Development Trust is offering young people and families the chance to deepen their connection with nature and explore their local environment by taking part in an individual or family ‘John Muir Award’ programme this summer. Participants will Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share their experience within Gillies Hill Community Woodland. The John Muir Award […]

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Tree Safety Precautions

In the coming weeks we will be performing some essential tree safety work by felling some dead standing trees.  The trees to be felled are situated on either side of the path within the ‘dark wids’ area.  These shaded out trees are constantly falling and are a risk.  The woods are becoming ever more popular […]

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National Volunteers Week

This week 1st – 7th June is national Volunteer’s Week, and we are keen to acknowledge the contributions of the wide range of volunteers we have working with us. We are thankful to everyone who gives their time to develop the community into a better place for us all. People choose to volunteer for a variety of […]

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Restarting Volunteer Days

Dear Woodlanders, Spring has sprung and after a long period of restrictions it is now reckoned that we can restart volunteering sessions here at Gillies Hill Community Woodland. I am excited to say that the first of these new sessions will be on Saturday 29th May.  Starting from 10am but pop along when you can! Sessions […]

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Signs of Germination

As the temperatures gradually rise and the ground warms we are starting to see signs of germination in the trial regeneration areas. Gillieshill has a well established understorey of the invasive rhododendron ponticum (which is the purple flowering variety).  As with many invasive species this variety dominates by taking over and suppressing all other fauna. […]

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Spring Survey

Gillies Hill Community Woodland Projects – could you help us to understand the needs of the community by completing our Spring Survey? There are questions about three project areas:– establishing a woodfuel supply;– re-establishing Polmaise Walled Garden as a productive growing space– a proposal to create an all-ability path through the woods. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/polmaise1 Please take a few minutes […]

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Paths to Avoid

Due to recent high winds and forecasted high winds on Thursday this week we are advising to avoid certain paths until we are able to carry out tree safety inspections in that area. For any woodland concerns please Contact us or contact Amos (Community Forest Manager) amos@ccdt.org.uk

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Access Path for Quarry

On the 19th March 2021 the Scottish Reporter overturned the decision of Stirling council to refuse planning permission for an access track to the proposed site of new quarrying on the west side of Gillies Hill.  This decision potentially paves the way for quarrying on Gillies Hill to restart.  The area to be quarried does […]