”Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund”

A Funding Appeal

”Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund”

For the Conservation of Upper Cormonachan, the old village and access to view the beautiful Cormonachan Waterfalls with 2 km of new access paths with four viewpoints from the Contemplation Shelter by the existing 2.5 km of paths and joining up with the forest road to the west of the woodlands and a new car park by Cormonachan Burn road bridge to commence from 2019 onwards.

The cost of this project is £323,484 (£269,570 + VAT) and close to 100% grant funding should be available.  The Cormonachan Woodlands Association launched the “Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund” on 8th January 2019 where we would like to raise over £10,000 that is a local contribution to the project costs. We have now received £3,905.33 in local donations to the fund which is very encouraging (15/08/2019). Donations will be very welcome – click on the fund titles above or on the Donations button below to make a donation! Now that planning permission for the project has been received on 11th July 2019, we are applying for the major funding. We have so far had to pay out of the fund for planning fees, a Protected Species Survey and will have to pay £4,165.20 for an Archaeology Survey and £1,260 for an Interpretation Panel with the archaeology and history of the Upper Cormonachan Township (old village) that funding has now been applied for. These additional costs amount to £6,606.20 for which grants and donations will cover separately. The total project cost is £330,090.20. The plan is to commence felling the trees along the paths route and have the archaeology survey started in the autumn of 2019 and completed in the spring of 2020. The major paths work is planned to commence in August or September 2020 that will take 16 weeks to complete once we have raised the major funding over this coming year.

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Invasive Non Native Plant Awareness Day

Monday 2nd September 2019
Three Villages Hall, Arrochar, G83 7AB
Free event run by Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Woodland Trust & Argyll Small Woods Cooperative.
What are invasive non-native plants? How do you control them? What support is available?
A day of presentations, discussions and field visits between 9.30 am and 4 pm to examine the impact of Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and invasive Rhododendron ponticum.
To book your place please contact:-
landmanagement@lochlomond-trossachs.org.

Carrick Fayre – Sunday afternoon 14th July 2019

The Cormonachan Woodlands Association had its marquee at the Carrick Fayre on Carrick Castle green that was run by Douglas Locke, Secretary and Dennis Bolt, Membership Secretary. The weather was perfect for the event and it was very well attended and obviously enjoyed by all. Eight new members joined the Association on the day, bringing the membership up to 112 and a further six said they would join after the event taking away membership forms to complete. Several Cormonachan Woodlands Association mugs were sold in aid of the ‘Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund’ with additional donations made in the donation boxes adding £59.78 to the fund that stands at £3,713.13 towards our target of £13,500 over the coming year.
Now that the Association has planning permission for the Upper Cormonachan Paths Project to extend the paths network by further 2 km giving access to the waterfalls and the old village, we are now able to apply for the major funding for the project but we need to show the funders that not only is there terrific local support in writing, but also, financial support from the local community of Loch Goil too. You can ‘Donate’ on the link at the bottom of our Home page – any amount would be very welcome!

Upper Cormonachan Path Project Planning Permission Approval

Planning Permission has now been received for the Upper Cormonachan Paths Project with conditions.

For full details of all the documents connected with the planning permission visit:-

https://eplanning.lochlomond-trossachs.org/OnlinePlanning/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PKTGO9SILB800

Carrick Fayre & Loch Goil Gala Day

Come and visit our marquee at the Carrick Fayre, Carrick Castle on Sunday 14th July 2019 from 1 pm to 4 pm and

also at the Loch Goil Gala Day on Saturday 3rd August 2019 from 12 noon to 3.30 pm in Lochgoilhead.

Find out more at the 58.9 ha of Atlantic oak and hazel community woodlands that’s two from Carrick Castle and three miles from Lochgoilhead.

Although we have over one hundred members, we hope more local residents will join the not-for-profit Cormonachan Woodlands Association to support its work and also help on volunteers days over the autumn, winter and spring periods when we have two or three days a month of Volunteers Days.

Mugs for sale at £7.50 each

Six ‘Little People’ Sculptures in Cormonachan Community Woodlands

These six ‘Little People’ sculptures created by the Lochgoilhead primary school children, can be seen in the pine forest area of Cormonachan Community Woodlands on the 2.5 km circular path just above Jan’s Hideaway and the Red Squirrel Hide by the flat stone ‘Have-a-Go’ sculpture area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty & the Beast

An article on Rhododendron ponticum in The Wee Goil, July 2019 called the Beauty & the Beast.

Cormonachan Woodlands Mugs are available again for sale

For sale at £7.50 each

Cormonachan Woodlands Mugs are now available again from the Secretary of the Cormonachan Woodlands Association at a cost of £7.50 each including boxed packaging – if postage is required for delivery, the postage cost is £2.95 each extra. For contact details, see the bottom of our website pages. Two sides of the mug are shown here. The sale of these mugs will help to support the ”Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund”.

These mugs will be on sale at the Carrick Fayre in Carrick Castle on Sunday 14th July 1 pm to 4 pm, Loch Goil Gala Day on Saturday 3rd August 12 noon to 3.30 pm and at the Autumn Fayre in Lochgoilhead in September.

Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund Update

The Wee Goil – February 2019

The Cormonachan Woodlands Association is looking for donations towards this large
“Upper Cormonachan Paths Project”.

The cost of the project will now be £269,570.00 including interpretation signage, plus VAT and of course
funding and donations will be necessary.

We can also apply to quite a number of other organisations for funding. Some of these do require some
local funding through donations to show that there is local interest in the project so we are going to look
for up to 5% of the project costs from donations, an amount of £13,500.00 as a target.

You can use the ‘Donate’ button on the bottom of any main page to donate to the “Upper Cormonachan
Paths Project Fund” and in the first six weeks we have received £2,922.44 towards our target from
members donations. You could also raise donations from over 3,000 online retailers when you purchase
online without it costing you anything by clicking on this link to GoRaise
or copy this link:- “https://www.goraise.co.uk/cormonachan-woodlands-association/?refid=3950”

On 4th January 2019, our planning permission application was submitted to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs
National Park Authority and was validated on 16th January for the “Upper Cormonachan Paths” project. We
meet the objectives of the local Loch Goil Community Action Plan and the National Park’s own plans.
Planning permission is due by mid-March.

We are grateful to the Friends of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs for helping to support this project that has
written support from the Argyll & Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara and MSP, Michael Russell, Cowal Ward
Councillor, Alan Reid, Lochgoil Community Council, Forest Enterprise Scotland, the Community Partnership
of Loch Lomond & Trossachs, Community Woodlands Association and local businesses. The Lochgoil
Community Trust and Carrick Castle Community Trust are supporting the paths project.

This is going to be a big project but the result in the end will open up all of the 58.9 ha of Cormonachan
Community Woodlands to members and visitors and boast tourism to the Loch Goil area for local businesses.

The plans for the proposed paths and the car park are displayed in the Cormonachan Woodlands
Association’s notice board in the car park.

You can Donate here or on the bottom of our Home page. Your donation would be very much welcomed!

 

Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund


(Dunoon Observer 25th January 2019)

The Cormonachan Woodlands Association is looking for donations towards this large
“Upper Cormonachan Paths Project”.

The cost of the project will now be £269,570.00 including interpretation signage, plus VAT and of course
funding and donations will be necessary. This amount is less than reported in the last Members Update
No 31 as two bridges have been changed to two culverts and the rate per tonne for 2,700 tonnes of
material for the paths has been reduced by negotiation for the quantities to be supplied by the quarry.

Whilst this is a lot of money, grant funding through SRDP, a government funding organisation under the
Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate that has set payment rates for path construction and ancillaries
should pay for most of the path work. Our Association is already registered and approved following
agreement with Forest Enterprise Scotland early last year for the CWA to manage Cormonachan Woodlands.

We can also apply to quite a number of other organisations for funding. Some of these do require some
local funding through donations to show that there is local interest in the project so we are going to look
for 5% of the project costs from donations, an amount of £13,500.00 as a target.

You can use the ‘Donate’ button on the bottom of any main page to donate to the “Upper Cormonachan
Paths Project Fund” and in the first 14 days we have received £2,168.66 towards our target from members
donations. You could also raise donations from over 3,000 online retailers when you purchase online
without it costing you anything by clicking on this link to GoRaise
or copy this link:- “https://www.goraise.co.uk/cormonachan-woodlands-association/?refid=3950”

On 4th January 2019, our planning permission application was submitted to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs
National Park Authority and was validated on 16th January for the “Upper Cormonachan Paths” project. We
meet the objectives of the local Loch Goil Community Action Plan and the National Park’s own plans.

We are grateful to the Friends of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs for helping to support this project that has
written support from the Argyll & Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara and MSP, Michael Russell, Cowal Ward
Councillor, Alan Reid, Lochgoil Community Council, Forest Enterprise Scotland, the Community Partnership
of Loch Lomond & Trossachs, Community Woodlands Association and local businesses. The Lochgoil
Community Trust and Carrick Castle Community Trust are supporting the paths project.

This is going to be a big project but the result in the end will open up all of the 58.9 ha of Cormonachan
Community Woodlands to members and visitors and boast tourism to the Loch Goil area for local businesses.

The plans for the proposed paths and the car park are displayed in the Cormonachan Woodlands
Association’s notice board in the car park.

You can Donate here or on the bottom of our Home page. Your donation would be very much welcomed!