Past completed Projects


4) Contemplation Shelter in memory of our late Chair of the Association Liz Evans – Completed.

Liz Evans, Chair of the Cormonachan Woodlands Association who died on 31st December 2017 requested that at her funeral donations be made for a ‘Contemplation Shelter’ to be erected at Cormonachan Community Woodlands instead of flowers. Liz’s funeral was held on 20th January 2018.

May 2018 – Donations totalled £7,050. This total was enough to purchase a 3.9 m diameter octagonal shelter including groundwork, erection, signage, 2 benches and pathways to the shelter at a cost of £7,041.40 and further donations paid for planning permission (£202). Planning permission was received and the shelter was erected in Cormonachan Woodlands on 21st May 2018 at its location at the top south west corner of the Squirrel Trail.

June 2018 – The Contemplation Shelter was Officially Opened on 6th June 2018. Liz had asked for her son and husband to scatter her ashes by the shelter and plant an oak tree close by which has been done.

Plaque in memory of Liz Evans in the Contemplation Shelter


Visitors to the Contemplation Shelter reading the quotes about Liz Evans

Project completed in just over 3 months.

2017 to 2018

3) Red Squirrel Hide and Storage Shed – Completed.

September 2017 – Fund raising for the above commenced. Hide plus ancillaries and sign costs £1,440.14.
October 2017 – Forest Enterprise Scotland permission received for the project.
October 2017 – Application made to Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority for 100% Natural Heritage Funding.
October 2017 – Planning permission requested (£202.00) with plans prepared by architect member Anna Wynne without charge.
December 2017 – Natural Heritage Grant Scheme approved funds of £1,440.14 for the hide and another member offered 50% funding for the shed with other members donations paying for the planning permission and balance of the total shed’s costs of £730.
November 2017 – Volunteers Day (18th) cleared site area except for demolition of existing shed.
December 2017 – Total cost of Red Squirrel Hide, Storage Shed and planning permission was £2,372.14 funded 100% by grant and donations.
December 2017 – Planning permission approved.
December 2017 – Red Squirrel Hide and Storage Shed ordered – delivery late January/early February with erection.
January 2018 – Original shed demolished (26th).
March 2018 – Red Squirrel Hide and shed erected on 12th March and hide now open all year round.
June 2018 – Official Opening of the Red Squirrel Hide (6th).



Red Squirrel Hide project completed in 9 months.

2) Sculpture Trail around Cormonachan Woodlands existing paths to commence – Completed.

Work by local artists to be sought in keeping with the woodlands.

So far there are five sculptures featured:-



The first interactive and hanging sculptures around the paths and bunting on the Totem Pole by the Squirrel Trail


2016 to 2017

1) Extend the Cormonachan Woodlands Car Park that originally could only park only two cars to eight vehicles including a minibus and disabled parking space – Completed.

May 2016 – Planning permission applied for with plans prepared by architect member Anna Wynne without charge.

June 2016 – “Car Park Fund” launched to raise £4,000 for work to commence.

August 2016 – Two applications for funding applied for.

September 2016 – Planning permission received from Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

October 2016 – Extended car park site cleared of scrub and small trees by volunteers.

April 2017 – Planning permission revised & received to add two signs and two gates.

May 2017 – Funding and donations of £6,254.81 received for project to go ahead.

June 2017 – New car park opened on 29th June 2017

September 2017 – Official Opening on 14th September 2017



Note 1: Members Donations at launch on 1st June 2016 £289
Note 2: Open Day Sales & Donations on 12th June 2016 £71
Note 3: Friends of Loch Lomond & Trossachs Grant of £500 on 15th July 2016
Note 4: Member’s Donation via PayPal Donate on 15th July 2016 £100
Note 5: Loch Goil Gala Day Competition/Sales £100 plus Donations £35.35 = £135.35 on 30th July 2016
Note 6: Private non-members’ Donations £50 & £10 on 4th August 2016
Note 7: Members’ donations £100 matched by £100 = £200 on 21st August 2016
& Members’ donations £20 matched by £20 = £40 on 21st August 2016
Note 8: Caravan & Chalet Owners Annual Coffee Morning at Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village
Donation of £100.00 received on 7th October 2016
Note 9: Member’s Donation on 15th November 2016 £25
Note 10: Members’ Donations of 1 x £100 and 3 x £5 on 24th December 2016
Note 11: Private Donation £10.00 2nd February 2017 & AOEC Trust Ltd Donation £50.00 on 13th January 2017
Note 12: EB Scotland Ltd (Scottish Landfill Communities Fund – Argyll & Bute Council) £2,192.00
Note 13: LandTrust (Scottish Landfill Communities Fund – North Ayrshire Council) £2,367.00

Donations total = £6,254.81.

Project completed in just over one year!