About Cormonachan Community Woodlands

The Cormonachan Community Woodlands are 63.9  ha of ancient Atlantic oak & hazel woodlands and part of Scotland’s Rainforest and have the status of being ‘Ancient Semi Natural Woodlands’ (ASNW) being preserved for Education, Conservation and Recreation.

The community woodlands area on the west shore of Loch Goil, between Lochgoilhead and Carrick Castle, Argyll is a joint woodlands project that was started in 1998, with co-operation between Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, Lochgoil Community Trust, Lochgoil Primary School and Forest Enterprise Scotland and then under a not-for-profit organisation, Cormonachan Woodlands Association, between 2015 and 31st March 2020. From 1st April 2020, the Association was converted to a limited company by guarantee, Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd., company number SC657915 and is now in March 2021 a registered Scottish Charity SC050840.

The woodlands are currently used for educational purposes by Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, (AOEC Trust Ltd.) school and youth groups and by Lochgoil Primary School for projects and for recreational walks by local residents of Carrick Castle, Lochgoilhead and visitors to the area.

Conservation of the 63.9-hectares including a 8.9 ha PAWS area in the woodlands is ongoing year by year with adult volunteers and school groups undertaking the majority of the work required to reclaim, preserve and maintain the ecology of the woodlands for future generations. Since 1st April 2020,  Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd now has over 100 fully signed and paid up members (Life Members, Full Members, Associate Members and Corporate Members).  It would appear that the Covid-19 Pandemic situation has affected our membership considerably since we had 139 members up to 31st March 2020. We hope all those past members will eventually join the new organisation.

The current 2.5 km of circular woodlands paths that have been made are now ideal for recreation. Walking along the paths can now be a year-round activity to help local people and visitors to the area keep fit. ‘Green Gym’ is the current word for exercising outside that can be done in tranquil and beautiful surroundings and dogs are welcome but ‘Leave No Trace’. There is now a Red Squirrel Hide and Contemplation Shelter alongside the Squirrel Trail that are open all year round 24/7.

Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd (CCW) in Loch Goil manages the woodlands with a 20-year Lease from 1st April 2021 from the Forestry and Land Scotland. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with conservation should contact the organisation (Volunteers@cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk), as help is always needed…

If you are interested in supporting our organisation by joining us, would you please complete the CCW Membership Application Form  and return the form for approval to the Membership Secretary, Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd, Wildwings, Lochgoilhead, Argyll, PA24 8AH (Membership@cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk) – membership runs from 1st April to 31st March annually. When renewing your membership on 1st April annually, please make a bank transfer or standing order to the Cormonachan  Community Woodlands Ltd with your surname & first name or business name as the reference – Bank account number 68771902 Bank Code: 08-92-50.  You do not have to fill in any forms as a CCW returning member – Thank you.

You can also support us through the Argyll Community Lottery:-
https://www.argyllcommunitylottery.co.uk/support/cormonachan-community-woodlands-ltd


Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 a week. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000!

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The Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd is very grateful to the following – The Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (LandTrust for North Ayrshire Council & EB Scotland for Argyll & Bute Council & Shanks, Argyll & Bute), The Wee Goil, Scotsts Ltd.Carrick Castle Boat Club, Forestry and Land Scotland, Scottish ForestryFriends of Loch Lomond & TrossachsLoch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, AOEC Trust Ltd., Carrick Farm, The Lodge on Loch Goil, Argyll Holidays, Paths for All, Co-op Local Community Fund & many others for their donations to help with the funding of the organisation, members training, its tools, equipment, signs, people counter, archaeological survey & report on the Upper Cormonachan Medieval Settlement, the Red Squirrel Hide, Contemplation Shelter and the new car park.

Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd. (Scottish Charity No: SC050840) is a not-for-profit private limited company by guarantee without shares run by its volunteer members. It has raised all the funding for the Red Squirrel Hide, Contemplation Shelter and  a new car park that are all open every day of the year. Now, we are seeking funding for a new “Upper Cormonachan Paths Project” to the old 16th century Medieval Settlement at Upper Cormonachan and Cormonachan Falls so if you can help us with a donation, we would be very grateful – just use the ‘Donate’ button at the bottom of the page.
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Events

The Board of Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd. encourages and permits special events in the woodlands:-

  1. Artwork & Sculpture events
    Previous one – Argyll Arts Collective – 3rd to 31st October 2020 – ‘Cormonachan Woodlands Art Trail’ – 1,125 people attended.
    Last one – Argyll Arts Collective – 2nd October to 7th November 2021 – ‘The Woodlands Art Trail – 2021’ – 1,415 people attended.
  2. Live theatrical events
    Last one – Walking Theatre Group – Sunday 15th April 2018, one for children at 2 pm ‘The Celtic Tree Walk’ and another at 6.30 pm for adults – William Shakespeare production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
    Next one – Walking Theatre Group – a date to be set between 2nd & 5th June 2022 for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with another William Shakespeare production and another special performance for the children, both subject to obtaining funding for the community.
  3. Marriages In Contemplation Shelter
    Last ones – 20th October 2020 & 13th April 2021.              
  4. Memorial & other events in the Contemplation Shelter
    Last ones – 6th June 2018 – Memorial Event For Liz Evans with the opening of the Contemplation Shelter
    & 7th November 2021 – Planting of an Oak tree by the indigenous Amazonians and a blessing of the Rain Forest by them.
  5. Special events, such as Guided walks, Bat walks, Easter Egg walks & Halloween walks. Apply to the Secretary for further details – Secretary@cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk.

Where To Go Locally In Loch Goil – a leaflet about Lochgoilhead and Carrick Castle for printing…

Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd. Board Members

Donald Kamsley, Director & Chair; Douglas Locke, Director & Co. Secretary; Richard Hall, Director & Treasurer; Frances Walker, Director & Volunteers Leader and Jacqui Matthews, Director. There are 3 Board Member vacancies. Dennis Bolt is the Membership Secretary & Member. Applications to join the Board of Directors should be made to the Secretary – Secretary@cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk.

The woodlands paths that have been made are now ideal for recreation. Walking along the paths can now be a year-round activity to help local people and visitors to the area keep fit. ‘Green Gym’ is the current word for exercising outside that can be done in tranquil and beautiful surroundings and dogs are welcome but please ‘Leave No Trace’… There is now a Red Squirrel Hide and Contemplation Shelter alongside the Squirrel Trail that are open all year round 24/7. You can now watch this 2 minute video of the Squirrel Trail sponsored by Argyll Holidays, Lochgoilhead.

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