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Liz Evans 17.05.1952 - 31.12.2017
Chair of the Cormonachan Woodlands Association

I am so sad to advise you that my wife, Liz died on New Year's Eve 2017. She died peacefully in the end after having been diagnosed with terminal Pancreatic and Metastatic Liver Cancer on 6th October 2017.

Liz's funeral will take place at Cardross Crematorium, Cardross, Dumbarton G82 5HD. Bob Scott, Funeral Celebrant for the Humanist Society of Scotland will be the Master of Ceremonies at her funeral.

The funeral will start at 10 am on Saturday 20th January 2018. We have exclusive use of the venue that morning from 9.30 am so there will be plenty of parking spaces available. There will be four speakers and some of Liz's favourite music to listen to.

This will be a 'Humanist Celebration' of the 'Life of Liz Evans'. No black, but colourful dress please.

There will be a buffet from 11.30 am at the 'Wake' after the funeral at Fruin Farm Restaurant Loch Lomond, Glen Fruin, by Helensburgh, G84 9EE (a 20 minute drive via Helensburgh). We have exclusive use of the venue so there will be plenty of parking.

As so many family and friends have been asking to be kept in touch by e-mail and wishing to go to the funeral of Liz, it would be incredibly helpful to know if you would wish to go to the Wake afterwards so we provide enough refreshments at the buffet for everyone. So please let us know if you can come? There will be an opportunity at the Wake to give short talks on how Liz affected your lives, if you so wish. Already some friends have asked if they may speak and we are delighted they wish to.

Liz was 65 when she died on New Year's Eve 2017. She had a very full life, achieved a lot and did a lot. She touched the hearts of many people and was an inspiration to many in the outdoor world. Her passion over the last 20 years until her end was Cormonachan Woodlands by Carrick Castle and as Chair of the Cormonachan Woodlands Association she provided the drive to maintain these lovely ancient Atlantic oak and hazel woodlands for education, community recreation and conservation.

Liz's final request was that there would be just one bouquet of flowers from her close family and that instead of flowers from others, she would like donations to be made towards a 'Contemplation Shelter' in the woodlands to the Cormonachan Woodlands Association that would be created in her memory.

When the Association has raised enough money to build the shelter, an oak tree will be planted by it and her ashes will be scattered there by her son Calum and myself.

The photo of Liz was by the Loving Trees alongside the Squirrel Trail in Cormonachan Woodlands. This was her last visit to the woodlands on 12th November 2017.

Rest in Peace Liz, you were so loved by us all...

Liz Evans


The last Committee Meeting was on 29th August 2017. 
The Annual General Meeting of the Association was held on 20th June 2017 at 7 pm
at Carrick Castle Estate Lodge, Carrick Castle, Argyll, PA24 8AF
(see Minutes of Meetings & Constitution)
The next Committee Meeting date will be on 31st October 2017. 

Official Opening of the Cormonachan Woodlands new Car Park

Read the proceedings of the Official Car Park Opening here
You can view more photographs on our Facebook page.
Attendees & Apologies


Cormonachan Woodlands Members attending the Annual General Meeting
on 20th June 2017 at Carrick Castle Estate Lodge.

Great News!

The new car park is now open.

There will be an officical 'Opening' of the car park on Thursday 14th September 2017 at 11 am.

The car park will be opened by James Fraser of Friends of Loch Lomond and Trossachs and a director of Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre.

We expect the opening to last about an hour with a guided walk around the Squirrel Trail where Liz Evans, our Chair and also a director of Ardroy, will show those attending the work of the Association in managing the community woodlands, the interactive and other sculptures en route around the paths and explain our plans for the future.

Thank you for all the donations that have been received - we are very grateful for your great support towards the Car Park.

Volunteers Days

The next programmed Volunteers Days are as follows:-

Sunday 17th September 2017 from 13.00 to 16.00 hrs.

October Weekend - Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th October 2017 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs each day with social lunch breaks.

Saturday 18th November 2017 from 10.00 to 13.00 hrs.

Sunday 21st May 2017 Volunteers Day Report

Eight Cormonachan Woodlands Association Volunteer Members worked for three hours on Sunday afternoon at the Volunteers Day. All the brash and old felled trees were cut up, cleared and burnt ready for the new sculpture to be erected on this totem pole (see photo below). The paths were strimmed from the car park to the third Squirrel Trail's sign (clockwise direction) and the ditch at the south west corner of the Squirrel Trail was completely cleaned out (this is the point where the next project will start of a path to Upper Cormonachan & the waterfalls). The branches and logs were chainsaw-ed, clearing and tidying up the same area. A very big thank you to our volunteers for the hard work in achieving so much in just a short time. Despite the forecast for rain, there was none, it was dry and no midges!

Saturday 22nd April 2017 Volunteers Day Report

Another sunny and dry day for our Cormonachan Woodlands Volunteers Day on Saturday 22nd April 2017 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs. We had four volunteers in the morning removing a tree that had fallen on the top path, strimming some path areas and erecting a new oak bench at the north west corner of the top path. This will be a welcome resting place with a lovely view. Two volunteers left at lunchtime and two others arrived in the afternoon to make four again. They erected another oak bench in the car park and the low path was strimmed between Jan's Hideaway and the car park. A big thank you to our volunteers - your help was amazing in achieving so much in such a short time. 

Sunday 26th March 2017 Volunteers Day Report

                    Thirteen of the sixteen Cormonachan Woodlands Association's Volunteers

What a fantastic Volunteers Day! We had 16 volunteers working in four groups and achieved an enormous amount of work in Cormonachan Woodlands between 13.00 & 16.00 hrs. A huge THANK YOU to everyone. 

Team 1: 3 volunteers cleared and burned all the brash in the car park extension area so that work can soon commence there.
Team 2: 6 volunteers cleared all the overhanging branches and all the tree seedlings and bigger shrubs off all the paths.
Team 3: 3 chainsaw volunteers tidied up the felled trees from the chainsaw training days.
Team 4: 4 volunteers repaired a big culvert, levelled up a picnic table and carried two new benches to a) the far north west corner of the woodlands and b) to the car park area ready to be erected in the near future.

Perfect weather, warm and sunny and hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves as well as really improving the woodlands.

'A Wood of Our Own' Event on 22nd February 2017 Report

Cormonachan Woodlands Association hosted 'A Wood of Our Own' (AWOO) Event by the 'other' CWA - Community Woodlands Association on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm at Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre in the morning and Cormonachan Woodlands in the afternoon at Loch Goil, Argyll, PA24 8AE. 27 people from the Forestry Commission, Community Woodlands Association and other Scottish woodlands attended the event. The theme was volunteering. 
Liz Evans, Cormonachan Woodlands Association Chair gave this presentation that is now available online at as at 03/04/2017.

Site visit: Cormonachan Woodlands – hosts: Liz Evans, Douglas Locke & Phil Thompson (Ardroy), Cormonachan Woodlands Association (For background to the site visit, see the CWA presentation summary and presentation link above).

Our AWOO group followed one of the circular footpath trails around the woodlands – stopping at various locations to see areas of bracken control and rhododendron clearance, a number of (colourful, innovative) new sculptures/art ‘installations’ that the CWA have recently installed, pockets of retained conifers retained as good exemplars of how conifer wood ground flora biodiversity differs from that of adjacent native deciduous woodland and a number of the older veteran oaks that CWA wish to include in a future “Mighty Oak” heritage/veteran tree research project.

It was great to be sharing the woods with a group of Fife primary school children (a residential group from Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre) all busy den building under the tall spruces and seemingly oblivious to our group of chatty and inquisitive Old People passing through! The path network through the woods is extensive, meandering and well maintained (vegetation and structure) with useful way-marking and there was clear admiration for the efforts of the CWA volunteers in maintaining these. The woodland also houses ‘Jan’s Hideaway’ – a well-built-andmaintained hut (secure, weather-proof, wildlife posters, wood-burning stove, a large window offering panoramic views over the lower woodland and Loch Goil). This building with its adjacent picnic tables, wood and tool store and covered area is a vital resource in the successful running of school visits and volunteering.


Our local monthly paper "The Wee Goil" printed our own article on volunteering in their March 2017 edition which you can read below:- 

The committee are now looking for funding and donations for a new path project from the top south west corner of the Squirrel Trail to the old village at Upper Cormonachan and the waterfalls that is about one km long, so if you can help, please do so... 

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