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!


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