The woodland floor has undergone a fantastic change over the past two months - from the drab dead leaf-strewn ground to the beautiful blue, white and green of the bluebells and wild garlic. The bluebells and the ramsons have lasted much longer this year perhaps due to the lack of heavy rain and the late leafing of the Oak and Ash trees.
As well as the beauty of the bluebells and the ramsons those of you walking in the area of the wood above the Toll Rocks would have been impressed with the vast area of Blackthom in full bloom. ("Ne'er cast a cloot till May be oot" refers to this blossom and not the month). The two or three nearby Geans (wild cherry) added their vast area of flowers to this wonderful display of white blossom.
Walking in the wood over the past two months you would be very aware of the increase in birdsong and the opportunity to see our resident herd of Roe deer and hear the distant "drumming" of the Great Spotted Woodpecker and the "laughing" call of the Green Woodpecker. The wood is looking very much at its best at the present time with all trees in full leaf.
IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION AGAIN THAT PEOPLE THINK THE WOOD BELONGS ONLY TO THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL AND, EVEN MORE ABSURDLY, THAT IT BELONGS TO TOM MACK. WE WILL TELL YOU AGAIN THAT THE WOOD WAS PURCHASED ON BEHALF OF THE WHOLE VILLAGE. THIS ANCIENT WOOD IS THERE FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY.
A brief outline of the purchase and current aims can be found on the Menstrie Wood page on this web site.