About Cormonachan Community Woodlands

The Cormonachan Community Woodlands are 63.9  ha of ancient Atlantic oak & hazel woodlands 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. As from 1st April 2020, the Association has been converted to a limited company by guarantee, Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd., company number SC 657915.

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 84 fully signed and paid up members (6 Life Members, 58 Full Members, 16 Associate Members and 4 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) based in Loch Goil manages the woodlands currently with a Memorandum of Understanding from the Forestry and Land Scotland until 31st November 2026, this is being changed in the autumn of 2020 to the company having a 20 year lease for the woodlands. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with conservation should contact the association (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 Form  and separate Subscribers Form  and return the two forms 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.

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 & many others for their donations to help with the funding of the organisation, members training, its tools, equipment, signs, archaeological survey & report on the Upper Cormonachan Settlement, the Red Squirrel Hide, Contemplation Shelter and the new car park.

Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd, remains a not-for-profit organisation, 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 Settlement at Upper Cormonachan and the waterfalls 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. You can also help us to raise money by clicking on this link  www.goraise.co.uk/cormonachan-woodlands-association/?refid=3950  where over 3,000 online retailers pay us a small commission on your purchases and it costs you nothing!

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Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd. Board Members

Douglas Locke, Director & Co. Secretary; Jimmy Sim, Director & Treasurer; Don Kamsley, Director & Member; Frances Walker, Director & Member; Alastair Moodie, Director & Member & Scott Black, Director & Member. There are two Board Member vacancies – one for Volunteers Leader – see  Volunteers Leader Job Description. 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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