Important – Advance Notice of Paths Closure – 13th-16th September 2021

Advance Notice

Cormonachan Community Woodlands will be closed to all visitors on Monday 13th to Thursday 16th September for filming a new BBC woodlands programme.

We apologise for any inconvenience. The paths will be open again on Friday 17th September.

Argyll Community Lottery Results for Saturday 26th June 2021

Draw results

at 26 Jun 2021
6 7 5 1 8 1

Matching numbers: You must match the first or last 2 to 6 numbers in a row to win!

Draw winners

Top prize 🏆
Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust
Ms M (DUNOON) supporting Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust matched 3 numbers and won £25.00
Top prize 🏆
Dochas Carers Centre
Mr M (INVERARAY) supporting Dochas Carers Centre matched 3 numbers and won £25.00
Top prize 🏆
Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd
Mr H (GLASGOW) supporting Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd matched 3 numbers and won £25.00
Top prize 🏆
Thank you Mr H for donating your winnings to Cormonachan Community Woodlands
West of Scotland Military Wives Choir
Mr D (DUMBARTON) supporting West of Scotland Military Wives Choir matched 3 numbers and won £25.00
Second prize
Crossroads Caring for Carers Cowal & Bute SCIO
Ms H (DUNOON) supporting Crossroads Caring for Carers Cowal & Bute SCIO matched 2 numbers and won 3 extra tickets
Second prize
Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust
Ms S (DUNOON) supporting Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust matched 2 numbers and won 3 extra tickets
Second prize
Friends of Hermitage Park Association
Ms B (HELENSBURGH) supporting Friends of Hermitage Park Association matched 2 numbers and won 3 extra tickets
Second prize
Garelochhead Station Trust
Mr M (HELENSBURGH) supporting Garelochhead Station Trust matched 2 numbers and won 3 extra tickets
Second prize
Helensburgh and District Twinning Association
Ms B (HELENSBURGH) supporting Helensburgh and District Twinning Association matched 2 numbers and won 3 extra tickets
Second prize
Helensburgh and District Twinning Association
Ms M (HELENSBURGH) supporting Helensburgh and District Twinning Association matched 2 numbers and won 3 extra tickets
Second prize
Isle of Kerrera Development Trust
Ms S (OBAN) supporting Isle of Kerrera Development Trust matched 2 numbers and won 3 extra tickets
Second prize
Mactaggart Community Cyber Cafe
Ms J (ISLE OF ISLAY) supporting Mactaggart Community Cyber Cafe matched 2 numbers and won 3 extra tickets

A ”Thank You”…!

We would very much like to thank (KD – can’t add his name in full as we don’t have his permission) for sending the Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd a cheque for £150.00 ”in appreciation and thanks for the wonderful facility you are developing – enchanting.”

We would very much have liked to thank him by letter or e-mail but we have no contact details to do so, so if you know KD please thank him for us.

We have now raised £17,437.24 locally for the Cormonachan Community Woodlands Heritage and Paths Project more than the 5% minimum required by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

We have been able to apply for about 50% of the total construction costs of £253,146.66 from the Scottish Government’s Agri-Environmental Climate Scheme for Improving Public Access so hopefully the Lottery Heritage will now fund the balance.

Douglas Locke, Secretary,
Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd
Charity Number SC050840

Volunteers Days of Friday 28th & Saturday 29th May plus Friday 4th June 2021

Friday 28th May 2021 10 am to 4 pm
Team 1: Team Leader & First Aider: Frances Walker
Tasks: To roll the cut up logs off the new path route from the Contemplation Shelter heading south and clear the brash from where the logs were and stack ready for burning at a later date.
Clearing growth from around the newly planted trees and removing self-seeded Sitka spruce around the woodlands. We have already reached the second burn.
Team 2: Team Leader & First Aider: Douglas Locke
Tasks: Organise strimming of the paths and then prepare the Red Squirrel Hide, Shed and Contemplation Shelter ready for painting and if warm enough and dry commence painting. (If unsuitable weather it will be cleaning the picnic tables and benches).
Saturday 29th May 2021 10 am to 2 pm
Team 1: Team Leader & First Aider: Douglas Locke
Tasks: Organise strimming of the paths and then continue at the Red Squirrel Hide, Shed and Contemplation Shelter preparing for painting and if warm enough and dry commence or continue painting. (If unsuitable weather it will be cleaning the picnic tables and benches).

Friday 4th June 2021 10 am to 2 pm (National Volunteering Week)
Team 1: Team Leader & First Aider: Frances Walker
Work to do includes erecting the lectern and interpretation board at the Medieval Settlement and clear away the already cut down logs from the site. Access will be from the Forest Road above the Settlement.
Please contact Frances if you can help on one or more of these days please – Volunteers@cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk
We do hope that you can help us?

We have created a new ‘Monastery’ 36 ft diameter circle with oak trees

Whilst it was disappointing we only had 3 volunteers to plant the oak trees yesterday, 25th April 2021, by the top middle Squirrel Trail path on the west side, Dennis Bolt (Membership Secretary) and Frances Walker (Volunteers Leader) accompanied by Douglas Locke (Secretary), the two of them planted 50 oak trees in a couple of hours, plus the walking time to and from the planting site and in beautiful warm sunny weather – Thank you!
We discussed how we should plant the oaks and Douglas suggested that we re-create the ancient ”the monastery” circle, 36 foot in diameter that was discovered by F. Newall & R.C. Scott in 1957 that was about 400 yds, upstream of Cormonachan Burn at NS/181975. Forestry Enterprise, a decade later, ploughed that area and planted Sitka spruce, so the site was lost and we do not know how the original large 36 ft circle was formed of banks or trees?
In memory of this original circle, we decided to create a new ‘Monastery’ 36 ft diameter circle with oak trees at NS 19552 97710. The new circle has 21 oaks planted on the 36 ft perimeter, a further 11, 2.5 m inwards and then a further 11, 1 m in toward a single centre oak in the middle making 44 oak trees in this new circle.
Cormonachan in Scottish Gaelic to English has changed over time and is likely to be Cor or Corrie and from Manachainn (Monastery) to Monachan – now Cormonachan?
The photo shows the trees that have been planted however it will be many years before the true significance of the planting will be seen. In 100 or 200 years time it will be a landmark for future generations to visit…!
We are very grateful to Carrick Castle Estate for donating 200 oak trees to Cormonachan Community Woodlands. The remaining unplanted 150 oaks have been securely dug in to ground in groups for the summer and will be raised again in October/November time when they will be planted in the woodlands randomly where needed to replace the felled and cleared Sitka spruce.
We have now planted over the past year 425 native trees in the woodlands helping BBC1 CountryFile’s Plant Britain project to eventually reach its target of 750,000 native trees. We will be planting a further 150 oak trees in the autumn bringing the total up to 575 native trees.

Cormonachan Woodlands Felling of Diseased Larch Trees Important Notice

We have been advised today by Forestry and Land Scotland that the identified diseased Larch trees at the south west corner of Cormonachan Woodlands above the Medieval Settlement and to the north of Cormonachan Burn by the Forest Road on the attached Operations Map are to be felled commencing 17th March 2021 for a period of about three weeks. The timber will eventually be removed by a forwarder in 3 months time.
During this period, visitors to this area will be prohibited for the duration of the work. We will advise you when the work has been completed.
Please note that Forestry and Land Scotland are paying for this work to be done with no cost to ourselves.
Thank you for observing this notice and staying safe as this is dangerous work being carried out.

Volunteers Days Friday 26th & Saturday 27th February 2021

We wish to advise you that the below Volunteers Days will go ahead as planned.
We have been in contact with the National Park’s Volunteers Advisers and have been told that as long as the volunteers attending the woodlands come only from within the Argyll & Bute area, the Volunteers Days can go ahead. Travelling must be in separate cars, except sharing is permitted for the same family. Covid-19 rules must apply in the outdoors where volunteers may work in pairs at least 2 metres apart. Masks must be worn on arrival and departure in the car park. Clean Hi-Vis jackets and gloves will be supplied by the Team Leader of the day. Tools will also be supplied.
Please note that Frances Walker has taken over from Douglas Locke as Volunteers Leader – Volunteers@cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk – Please let Frances know if you wish to attend a particular Volunteers Day, as early as possible before the event but not less than 12 noon on the day before each event so the right numbers of PPE and tools can be prepared in advance. Under normal circumstances, we would ask you to sign a Consent Form, but due to Covid-19, your ‘attendance’ will be considered consenting to be a volunteer on the day. If you do not wish your photo to be taken please advise the Team Leader. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a packed lunch and refreshments. There is a ‘sit down only’ compost toilet near Jan’s Hideaway.
Volunteers Days for 2021:-
Friday 26th February 2021 10 am to 4 pm
Team 1: Team Leader & First Aider: Richard Hall
Tasks: To burn piles of cut down Rhododendron ponticum
Team 2: Team Leader & First Aider: Frances Walker
Tasks: Sort out Storage Shed, clean Hide, take rope up to Labyrinth, bring down 2 long replacement logs for car park and fix bolt to gate.
Saturday 27th February 2021 10 am to 4 pm
Team Leader & First Aider: Frances Walker
Tasks: To remove self-seeded Sitka spruce & Rhododendron ponticum and cut down small Sitka spruce and wind fallen trees from the sides of the paths.
Future Volunteers Days in Spring 2021
Friday 26th March 2021 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 27th March 2021 10 am to 4 pm
Friday 30th April 2021 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 1st May 2021 10 am to 4 pm
Friday 28th May 2021 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 29th May 2021 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 5th June 2021 10 am to 4 pm (National Volunteering Week)
Work to do in these ancient woodlands includes cutting down & burning invasive Rhododendron ponticum, slashing bracken, strimming the paths, scything, cutting down self-seeded Sitka spruce trees (felling can only be done by certificated volunteer members), pruning branches alongside the paths, cleaning & painting the Red Squirrel Hide & storage shed and the Contemplation Shelter, maintaining the ditches, planting native trees & keeping them free of scrub, cleaning the picnic tables & benches, helping to make sculptures & maintaining them, keeping the Labyrinth in good order, topping up the squirrel feeders, erecting new signs, cleaning the information signs and anything else that may be needed to maintain the woodlands in good order.
We do hope that you can help us?
Douglas Locke, Secretary (Voluntary)
Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd
Registered in Scotland SC657915
E: Secretary@cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk
T: 01301 703098
W: www.cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk

BBC Countryfile on 10th January 2021

Cormonachan Community Woodlands native tree planting volunteers were on TV, BBC Countryfile on 10th January 2021.
This programme is on BBC iPlayer and you will find this photograph early on just after the first woodland feature and right after the ‘Plant Britain’ logo. Viewers are encouraged to volunteer…
This group of local member volunteers and two Argyll area National Park volunteers planted 105 native trees within the boundaries of the Squirrel Trail.
At the time of the planting 270 trees had been planted and to date 375 native trees have now been planted funded by donations specifically for trees and by Woodland Trust funding.
We plan to plant another 105 native trees in November 2021 bringing up the total to 480. These trees are replacing the non-native Sitka spruce that have been felled over the last decade.

375 native trees planted in Cormonachan Community Woodlands

We have now planted 375 native trees in the woodlands over the last year, to 19th December 2020, to replace felled and cleared areas of Sitka spruce thanks to two private donors funding 165 trees and to the Woodland Trust for funding 210 trees. Each tree with cane and spiral protection costs £1.90 so the value of donations and funding amounts to £712.50.

Our thanks go out the all the volunteers who have planted these trees.

These 375 native trees have been recorded by BBC Countryfile in their ‘Plant Britain’ programme and Cormonachan Community Woodlands is being mentioned with another photo (shown at the bottom of this page) of our volunteers planting the previous 105 trees in the woodlands on 27th November 2020.


9 volunteers planting 105 native trees on 19th December 2020 on the west side of the top Squirrel Trail path.

The 9 volunteers who planted 105 trees on 19th December 2020 – all volunteers 2 metres apart…

The 5 volunteers who planted 105 trees on 27th November 2020 – all volunteers 2 metres apart…