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!
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.
Moss viewed from Kilmagad Wood, with Loch Leven and Benarty Hill in the
views, delightful walking and an ambitious project to restore a commercial
plantation to a raised peat bog.
at Scotlandwell, near to Kinross and the M90, about midway between the Forth Road Bridge and
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
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