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IMPORTANT EVENT: Community consultation on the future of Portmoak Moss: Friday 5 December: Well Inn: 18:00-20:00
Woodland Trust Scotland will soon be drawing up their five year management plan for Portmoak Moss. The Community Woodland Steering Group decided this was a good time to come up with some of our own ideas so with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, matched by Scottish Natural Heritage, we’ve commissioned a team of specialists to look at all aspects of Portmoak Moss.
Please join us on Friday December 5th at The Well Country Inn, Scotlandwell, for a drop-in session, starting at 6pm.  This is everyone’s opportunity to express views on the future of the Moss and our consultant will be there with maps and various ideas for you to comment on. The event will last for an hour or two and will be very informal.
The Moss is a very special place, in so many ways, for so many people and whilst not wishing to lose any of that we also want to explore the potential to create a much more diverse set of habitats and continue to restore the function of the Moss as a carbon store and flood control mechanism. Come along and give us your ideas and opinions!

Christmas Trees: Sunday 5 December: 11:00-13:00 : Scotlandwell entrance to Moss 
On Sunday 14th December, 11am – 1pm we’ll have another Xmas tree and mulled wine morning. There are no fixed prices, in fact everything is free, but you can donate to the Moss if you want to. Just choose a tree, we’ll cut it down and you take it away.  Please come to the main entrance, by Scotlandwell, and wear stout boots!

Woodland Shield: 19 November 2014: We are the Champions, My Friend!
Kinross-shire Civic Trust announced the award on Wednesday evening, 19 November, of its Woodland Shield. Inaugurated soon after the Trust’s inception in 1991, the competition is open to schemes within the County of Kinross and Glenfarg Parish, to encourage environmental improvement schemes and a diversity of wildlife, including the planting and management of woodland and promoting public access for the benefit of future generations.
There were six entries for the 2014 Award with the winner being Kilmagad Wood, Scotlandwell, a community wood established jointly by the WOODLAND TRUST and PORTMOAK COMMUNITY WOODLAND GROUP.  The judges commented “that the new wooded area dovetailed into the relic natural woodland and that there were obvious signs of community involvement and useage.”    Here's the Press Release.

Portmoak Moss viewed from Kilmagad Wood, with Loch Leven and Benarty Hill in the background

Fine views, delightful walking and an ambitious project to restore a commercial plantation to a raised peat bog.

Located at Scotlandwell, near to Kinross and the M90, about midway between the Forth Road Bridge and Perth.

November 2014 Newsletter
As with gardening, so with community woodlands.  This has been a time to enjoy the fruits of our labours.  Many of the apple trees in the community orchard in Kilmagad Wood have been covered with fruit and our third harvest has been the best yet.  We’ve seen a wonderful increase from just one apple on the young trees in the first year, to several hundred this time.  It’s great that the hard work of planting and pruning is producing results..

We filled a basket with apples and put it in Kinnesswood Shop and we’re grateful to them for  making  space for it and allowing people to help themselves.  Of course, being a community orchard, the idea is that people should pick their own and if we get a good crop next year we’ll make sure everyone knows that they can do that.
 

There’s a huge range of fruit trees in the orchard , bearing eaters and cookers in every colour shape and size.  We’re still learning about their different ripening times and some take ages.  If you walk up through the orchard you may yet find some apples there, as well as hazelnuts on the bushes.
Portmoak Moss is also a rewarding place to walk at this time of the year. Red squirrels have been spotted regularly and there’s a huge array of mushrooms and toadstools.   The Portmoak Community Woodland Steering Group have no wish for the fine autumn days to end but we are waiting for a spell of wet weather to give us the right conditions to replant the sphagnum moss which we rescued before the mulching work in August.  The exact method hasn’t been decided but one or two of the committee are rather keen on firing it across the bog through water pistols, so watch out for strange antics in the weeks ahead.