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!

 

How to leave a Gift of a Legacy to the Cormonachan Woodlands Association

How to leave a Gift of a Legacy to the Cormonachan Woodlands Association

Making a Will is an important way of looking after the future of your family and friends. After you’ve taken care of loved ones, you may wish to leave a gift in your Will to other organisations.

It’s a little known fact that most charities and good causes wouldn’t survive without gifts in Wills. By remembering your favourite charities and good causes in this way, you’re ensuring that their good work lives on.

The donation can be as small or large as you like.

If you should choose to leave a gift to a good cause you should also make a note of the official good cause name and in our case, the Cormonachan Woodlands Association, c/o The Secretary, Cruach House, Carrick Castle, Argyll, PA24 8AF,  to give to your solicitor when writing a Will.

If you want to leave a gift but you’ve already made a Will, that’s no problem – there are a couple of ways you can change it.

1. Write a new Will

The simplest way is to write a new Will. Once written, any Wills made by that person in the past become void. In fact, most Wills will start by reciting that you’re writing a Will and that you’re revoking previous Wills.

You can write a new Will with a solicitor.

2. Codicils

The other way is to write a codicil, which is a document used to make changes to an existing Will.

It’s used as a way to make simple amendments like adding a charity, changing a gift amount or adding an executor. This is all quite straightforward but problems can occur if you ever want to cancel the Will in the future.

When you cancel a Will that contains a codicil, the codicil does not get cancelled automatically, so when you write a new Will it can create inconsistencies and legal problems. To avoid this, make sure that any new Will clearly states that you are revoking all Wills and codicils previously made.

You can also write a codicil using a solicitor.

3. If you have no Will then you can write a Will

You can write a Will with a solicitor.

The Cormonachan Woodlands Association would be very grateful for any Legacies left to our not-for-profit organisation that manages the Cormonachan Community Woodlands with volunteers providing education, recreation and conservation for the benefit of the communities of Carrick Castle and Lochgoilhead.

The Liz Evans ‘‘Young Environmentalist of the Year’ Award

The awards as always are a lovely part of the day at the Communities Partnership’s Annual Gathering on 27th October 2018 that support communities in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and it was warming to see the reaction of everyone there when they learned that our young environmentalist’s award was in memory of Liz Evans.

They talked about her life as Chair of the Cormonachan Woodlands Association on the west shore of Loch Goil, (mentioning that it was 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 is now under a new not-for-profit organisation, Cormonachan Woodlands Association, founded in 2015).  It was also mentioned that a special Contemplation Shelter built in Liz’s memory overlooking Loch Goil is open all year round and is a quiet place where many quotations about Liz can be read. They encouraged all the guests to pay a visit to her contemplation shelter and the woodlands.

Liz Evans by the “Loving Trees” in Cormonachan Woodlands on 12th November 2017, 6 weeks before she died.

Plaque in memory of Liz Evans in the Contemplation Shelter

Visitors to the Contemplation Shelter reading the quotations about Liz Evans

The Liz Evans ‘‘Young Environmentalist of the Year’ Award 

This year two very inspirational young men received a joint award for Young Environmentalist of the Year for their own individual contribution to environmental conservation.

Joint 1st place: Aidan Cronin

Aidan who recently completed his junior rangers certificate and sits upon the National Park Youth Forum was nominated by the Callander Youth Project Trust for his enthusiasm and voluntary commitment to protecting and enhancing the natural environment of the National Park.

Writing regular wildlife and gardening articles for the Ben Ledi View he has also created a wonderful nature corner in the CYP youth space and encourages other young people to be more environmentally aware. Aidan is behind CYP integrating a nature day every Wednesday during their summer programme attracting over 100 young people. Aidan regularly hosts bird watching days, RSPB Big Garden Watches as well as bird watching quizzes and posting live videos from the day on social media. Well done Aidan, you are an inspiration!

Unfortunately Aidan was unable to attend the event as he had other commitments on the day and will be presented with his award very soon. Receiving the award on his behalf and telling us a little more about Aidan was Steven Kent (National Park Authority Youth Ranger, and Callander Youth Project Trust).

Joint 1st place: Struan Burch

Struan Burch (L) and Dinah McDonald, CP Chair (R)

Struan joined the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park volunteer programme because he wanted to experience a gap  year enjoying the outdoors and the environment that he loves the most. Struan’s love for nature and wildlife has been his motivation to use his ornithological skills to survey wetland birds in on Loch Lomond, monitor the population of water voles in the Loch Ard forest, ringing Barn Owls as part of the Barn Owl monitoring programme, and repairing mountain paths with the Mountains and the People Project.

All the projects that Struan has been involved have contributed and enhanced the diversity of wildlife and recreational opportunities that surround our rural communities, and thus encouraging eco-tourism.

Struan is the first young person on the NP volunteer programme with an average age of 54, which can often be very daunting to a young person. However Struan’s enthusiasm and commitment has seen him fit right in and standout out as a worthy winner for this years awards! Congratulations Struan!

 

To find out more about any of the work and projects above please get in touch at E: info@thecommunitypartnership.org.uk. 

Both recipients are inspirational young people in the conservation work that they do.
Regretfully Douglas Locke, husband of Liz Evans and the Secretary of the Cormonachan Woodlands Association was unable to attend the Gathering as he was the leader and first aider for the Volunteers Day in Cormonachan Woodlands that same day.

https://www.thecommunitypartnership.org.uk/the-gathering-sat-27-october-2018/.

The other awards given out that day were as follows:-

The Celia Burn ‘Community Environmental Award of the Year’  

1st Place: Scottish Wildlife Trust Callander Group

This inspirational and unique community group has been doing outstanding work in environmental education and wildlife conservation for many years.

Organising and facilitating inspirational monthly public talks, fundraising and awareness events, local wildlife recording, toad patrols (including frogs and newts), orchid surveys and regular reports for the Ben Ledi View their captive audience has grown within the community and to visitors alike.

This year the group held stalls to highlight saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, the Living Seas project plus selling a wide range of plants, including locally grown wildflowers, to raise funds divided between the wider work of the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Callander Primary school.  Congratulations and keep up the fantastic work!

Highly Commended: Sheron Hambly

Sheron, since coming to live in Lochgoilhead has become an integral part of her community, most importantly organising numerous litter clearing events along the many local and surrounding beaches of Lochgoil.  Sheron’s vigour and tenacity in organising and motivating others to get involved is why she deserves recognition for this award.

Renowned for its natural beauty, the environment and community of Lochgoil has greatly benefitted from Sheron’s stalwart efforts and in an area of tourism within the National Park has made it a more pleasant and cleaner place to live and visit. Well done Sheron!

 

Sheron Hambly is a member of the Cormonachan Woodlands Association.

The above awards have today been featured in the Scottish Field. Please see link http://bit.ly/2qzCmOI.

100th Member!

The Cormonachan Woodlands Association welcomes Gemma Shiarlis as its 100th Member supporting the work of the Association in preserving the Cormonachan Community Woodlands for Conservation, Education and Recreation.
We would like to thank all our 100 supporting and volunteer members in helping to look after and maintaining these 58.9 ha of wonderful Ancient Atlantic Oak & Hazel Woodlands.