Welcome to Cormonachan Community Woodlands
This is a joint community woodlands project started in 1998, with co-operation between Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre (then owned by Fife Council), Lochgoil Community Development Trust, Lochgoil Primary School and Forestry Enterprise Scotland (The Scottish Ministers), who owned the original 20 hectare section of the Atlantic Oak Woodlands at that time. Formal agreement was originally reached in May 2006 for the partnership to be responsible for managing the woodlands to improve their bio-diversity and also to develop them as an education resource.
A new agreement between Cormonachan Woodlands Association founded in 2015, AOEC Trust Ltd. (Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, now a social enterprise trust) and Forestry & Land Scotland (formally called Forest Enterprise Scotland) was signed in December 2016 for an initial ten year period to 31st December 2026. The new management area of the woodlands has now been extended to 63.9 hectares including a PAWS area of 8.9 ha; a distance of 1.5 miles from Cormonachan Burn to Clach Bhadach by Lochwood on the west side of the road. See the Location page. Since 1st April 2020, the organisation has been converted to a not-for-profit limited company by guarantee – Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd. (Company No: SC697915) and is run by a Board of Directors, all voluntary. A 20-year Lease for the woodlands is about to be exchanged in the autumn of 2020 for the Memorandum of Understanding with Forestry and Land Scotland, the land owners.
Over the last decade the woodlands area has been transformed with 2.5 km of long walking paths established for recreation with view points over Loch Goil, a red squirrel trail was provided with information points, a resource centre was also built for educational purposes and many volunteers have cleared much of the area of old tree debris, Sitka spruce and rhododendrons.
Since 2018, there is now a Red Squirrel Hide and Contemplation Shelter alongside the Squirrel Trail that are open all year round.
Visitors who wish to visit the Cormonachan Woodlands can park their cars in the car park suitable for 8 cars by the television aerial compound – see Latest News.