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MENSTRIE WOOD

About the Community Woodland

Menstrie Wood in June, 2009 |d|
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Menstrie Community Council bought Menstrie Wood (also known as Red Carr Wood) in July 1998 on behalf of the local community, with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Wood extends along the foot of Dumyat from Red Carr House, in the West, to the path going up onto Dumyat about 50 yards west of the Scout Hall. The old wall forming the boundary with the hill runs along the border with Stirlingshire.
Link to OS map.

The 11.1 hectares of woodland has significant conservation value. Saplings, mature trees and fallen dead wood show the natural order. Our woodland, with its wild flowers, birds and roe deer, is a wonderful asset and we all have a part to play in its maintenance. The purchase enabled the Community Council to protect the woodland from inappropriate development and ensure access for future generations. Since purchasing the woodland we have sought to conserve and enhance its character and appearance, and to promote environmental awareness.

Working to achieve these aims, we decided to restore the old wall at the boundary with the hill and to maximise community access. There are three paths: bottom, middle and top. We obtained funding from Forward Scotland to upgrade the existing public path and footpath network from the Scout Hall to the UF Church and part way into the wood itself. This all-ability path was completed by May 2009.

Our next, and more ambitious project will be the formation of a "wetland" to encourage pond life back into the area.

We have set up a community woodland group to manage the woodland separately from the Community Council. The intention is to apply for charitable status which will allow the group to access funding for maintenance and further development for the benefit of the community.

If anyone is interested in joining the group or has any comments, questions or concerns, please contact us by any of the usual methods.

CWA logo Menstrie Community Association is a member of the Community Woodlands Association (CWA). We support their efforts to raise money and urge our readers to visit their website, sign up for the free e-newsletter, become a member or just donate.

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