Fallen Birch Tree on lower Squirrel Trail path



A birch tree has fallen across the lower Squirrel Trail path to the right as you enter the woodlands. It is possible to get round it if you are agile.

This has been reported to Forestry and Land Scotland, the land owners, requesting it be cut up and removed from the path as soon as possible.

Please take care – Thank you.

17th December 2019
Secretary, Cormonachan Woodlands Association

Adopt a Tree

Trees for Life – your chance to ‘Adopt a Tree’ for £5 or 10 for £40 as one of our members suggested this would be a good way to remember loved ones by or buy a Christmas or Birthday present for someone or mark the Birth of a Baby and it will also help increase the ‘Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund’ too. A standardised small plaque could be added to a tree to be arranged later, at cost; a small plaque would cost £5.95 inc. free postage from our recommended supplier ( https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Quality-Engraved-Memorial-Bench-Plaque-Plate-Sign-120mm-x-70mm-Personalised/232751015424?hash=item36310aa600:m:ma1Prw1ePe4ZfP17o4qflRA ) and we could supply a post for about £3.00. You would have five lines to create your message of your choice to place before a tree or a grove.

We have to point out that at present these trees are very small but will have protection and canes to spot them for the first few years but they will grow as they are native trees to the area.

On Friday 22nd November 2019, our volunteers planted 105 replacement Oaks and other deciduous trees (Rowan, Hawthorn, Hazel, Blackthorn & Silver Birch), south from the Contemplation Shelter away from the proposed new paths. These will replace 84 Sitka spruce and 8 Larch that have still to be felled by Forestry and Land Scotland along the new path route.

You can book a tree or trees by sending cash or a cheque to the Cormonachan Woodlands Association, Cruach House, Carrick Castle, Argyll, PA24 8AF.

Small oak trees grow into large oak trees and last for hundreds of years!

45 trees have already been adopted as at 12th December 2019.


Coop Local Community Fund

Cormonachan Community Woodlands, Loch Goil

We wish to provide 15 more information signs around our 2.5km circular path to explain what visitors are able to see when walking there.

Please support this cause – become a Coop Member if you are not already one – https://membership.coop.co.uk/new-registration.
1% of what you spend on most Co‑op products and services will automatically go to this cause when you choose our cause.

Visit our Coop cause page at https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/36994

About this cause
The Cormonachan Woodlands Association is a not-for-profit organisation that maintains the 58.9 ha Cormonachan Community Woodlands for conservation, education and recreation. Over 1,000 primary school children visit the woodlands annually for outdoor education visiting from the Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre and the Lochgoilhead Primary School. Currently there are 2.5 km of paths in the woodlands and we are now trying to expand the paths by a further 2 km to include the Upper Cormonachan old township and the beautiful waterfalls. We have so far raised over £12,600 locally for the ‘Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund’.

This funding requirement is for 15 more information signs with posts costing £256.60 for the current path network to advise visitors about what they can see in the woodlands.

Cormonachan Community Woodlands, Loch Goil website

Cormonachan Community Woodlands, Loch Goil on Facebook

How this cause brings people in the community together
The Cormonachan Community Woodlands have over 140 members supporting the running of the association. Local volunteers help maintain these 58.9 ha of ‘Ancient Semi-Natural Woodlands’ which are mainly native Atlantic oaks and hazel trees. The woodland paths are open 24/7 and are free, to encourage more and more visitors and locals to use the paths where red squirrels can be seen from the hide.

This fund at the Coop will be open until 24th October 2020.

Upper Cormonachan Path Project Fund – Update

The “Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund” has now reached £12,901 as at 23rd December 2019 from members and other donations. The Cormonachan Woodlands Association now needs to raise a minimum of £15,000 towards the paths construction cost of £323,484 in order to obtain the major funding. We are currently applying to two major funders for grants for the balance of £308,484.
”Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund”
For the Conservation of Upper Cormonachan, the 16th century Settlement (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 September 2020 providing we obtain the full funding.
Secretary, Cormonachan Woodlands Association


‘Life-saving’ app used in Western Isles hillwalker rescue’

what3Words app
The app divides the world into three-metre squares and gives each one a unique three-word address

A Scottish ambulance crew used a new “life-saving” app to provide the location of an injured hillwalker.

The alarm was raised earlier this week after the walker was hurt near Stornoway in the Isle of Lewis.

The Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed the crew used the app What3words to help a coastguard team find them and the casualty.

The app divides the world into three-metre squares and gives each one a unique three-word address.

It was designed by a London-based start-up and has been used by emergency services in England.

An ambulance service spokeswoman said: “We attended an incident involving a hillwalker in Stornoway where an ambulance crew was dispatched.

“As part of working together with the Coastguard, the 3words app was used by our crews in assisting with the extraction of the patient by the coastguard.”


The Cormonachan Woodlands Association recommends the use of this app when you are out walking anywhere as you would be found if lost or injured within a three-metre square.

Example: The Cormonachan Woodlands car park entrance reads for what3words app users – ///uncouth.lessening.potions and this converts to G.R. NS 196 975 or 56°08’14.9″N 4°54’13.6″W

The woodlands car park is then accessed and can be viewed on Google Maps link on a map or by satellite position.


‘In memory of Liz Evans’

A photograph by Steve Lester and a tribute by his wife, Ellie Lester – visitors to the Contemplation Shelter in Cormonachan Woodlands

My husband took this photo when we were walking in the woodlands. It is an emotive and beautiful moment taken in a magical environment. Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Liz Evans. It is so clear that she was an incredibly empowering person who has had a profound positive and enduring impact on all she met. From the tributes, those she knew were proud and lucky to have shared her life and her passion. You have enabled such a perfect tribute for everyone, visitors and yourselves alike to contemplate and wonder on her lasting legacy. The woodlands are simply beautiful and the joy it gives us in sharing this is immeasurable. The red squirrels and other wildlife deserve such a fitting environment to enjoy an uninterrupted safe life. We enjoyed the hide and have left a donation to help you along with your fabulous work. Congratulations and thank you for allowing us to benefit from all your hard work and share your stunning space.

”Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund” – An Update

The ‘Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund’ has now reached £4,500 from local funding.
We need to reach £12,500 to be able to apply for Lottery Heritage Funding of £237,500 in November 2019. That will leave us to find the balance of the construction costs amounting to £73,484 and we have already applied for a number of £25,000 funds to make up the total required of £323,484 to complete the full funding for the paths project.
We have therefore applied for more local funding from the Lochgoil Development Trust (Hydro Scheme) for up to £8,000 for a grant to be able to advance our application for the Lottery funding. It is a condition is that we have to raise 5% of any grant applied for from them, locally.
We have already been awarded a grant of £5,425.20 for the Archaeology Survey & subsequent signage at the Upper Cormonachan Old Village from the National Park’s Heritage Fund and that work starts later this month. Tree felling along the proposed path from the Contemplation Shelter to Upper Cormonachan now has permission from the National Park and Forestry & Land Scotland which will be carried out by the CWA volunteer chainsaw operators from 27th September and over the autumn to spring months. Replanting of replacement oaks and other deciduous trees away from the new path route will take place on 22nd to 24th November 2019 and has been supported by the Woodland Trust with the trees supplied by them.
We would like to thank again all those who have donated to this paths project and if anyone else would like to offer the fund a donation, it would be very welcome. There is a ‘Donate’ link on the bottom of any of the CWA’s website pages at http://cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk . If we can raise the necessary full funding by early summer 2020, work will be scheduled to start on 1st September 2020 and be completed in 16 weeks. The opening of the paths project would then take place early in 2021,
Thank you to so many who are supporting this big project!
Cormonachan Woodlands Association

”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.


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:-

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!