Community Land Week
Kirkton community woodland invited it’s volunteers to celebration the voluntary work they have contributed over the 5 years that the woodland has been in operation. On Friday 16th August volunteers visited the woodland site for a walk around the woodland to look at past, current and future projects.
Chris Marsh (Forest Access & Enterprise Officer) told us about the Wood fuel business which the local community have benefitted from. The spruce and larch softwood is sold in lengths or chopped logs for distribution locally. The income generated from sales has been directed into management of the woodland, costs to replant and purchase of machinery. Ensuring this vital local supply continues and locals are employed to deliver the operation.
Lynda Beveridge (volunteer and project co-ordinator) talked about the Heritage Trail which encircles the old settlement of Kirkton. Lynda worked closely with the community to design, promote and deliver a programme of 50 activities/sessions exploring the heritage and environmental interest of Kirkton Woods. Local primary pupils produced a film, “A Cry for Kirkton” – a fictional re-enactment of the clearance of the inhabitants of this settlement.
The path network and other ground preparation was organised by Volunteer Co-ordinator Nic Bullivant. He spoke about the efforts of volunteers to help plant trees, maintain paths & drainage, conservation as well as assemble benches at the viewpoint and at the pond.
Lynda also spoke about current projects; The Sensory Trail in which two Mythical Monsters have been designed by the pupils of Lochcarron Primary school using materials salvaged from a beach clean. Volunteer dates will be posted for assistance to assemble the trail. As well as having a look around the Woodland Shelter which without the help of local volunteers would not be standing here today. The shelter is a a space for volunteers to congregate during our work days as well as the school & local groups to use in conjunction with woodland activities.