CALLANDER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST

Working towards a better future

CCDT: COILHALLAN WOOD PROJECT

Thank you to everyone who completed our short survey, which is now closed. And thank you especially to those who are interested in volunteering with the community woodland.

We learned a lot from talking to people across the community and are now working on the final submission to Forestry and Land Scotland to update earlier proposals and include the new suggestions. The full proposals will be posted on their website and we will publish them here too. The independent panel that decides asset transfers will meet in August 2019 to decide if Coilhallan Wood will become Callander's community wood.

Coilhallan is a mixed woodland to the south west of Callander, close to the High School, Primary School and Leisure Centre. It is already well-used and has a network of paths and a car park off Invertrossachs Road at its western edge.

Our aim is to manage the wood sustainably to make it a more attractive and enjoyable place for both residents and visitors, while protecting and enhancing its wildlife. We believe this can be done more effectively, through a community enterprise with the support of volunteers, than is possible under the current management by Forest Enterprise.

A feasibility study, completed in 2017, supports this view and shows how the wood could be acquired, funded and managed to the benefit of Callander. 

A Community Woodland Group, made up of local people with a wide range of interests and skills, is looking at the study’s proposals in more detail.

Further information from mark@markgriffithsmanagement.co.uk