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Culag Community Woodland Trust Chairperson's & Project Officer's Reports 2016
CULAG COMMUNITY WOODLAND TRUST
Project Officer’s Report – Fiona Saywell
Schools & Pre School Outdoor Learning Continued with assisting the Pre School on their outdoor learning sessions. New art has appeared in the woods (thanks to Jimmy for helping to install it). The Chinese dragon on the School Path has been entered onto the “It’s our World” website, a website showcasing outdoor art from all around the UK. The bridge at the western end of the Higgledy Piggledy Path has become a Troll bridge, thank you to Ken Fairchild for all his help with this. A tree planting session was also undertaken near the Tepee Play area attended by David Slator, Community Council Chair.
Public Events The 20th Anniversary Celebration Ceilidh held in August last year was a great success with around 150 attendees. Another ceilidh is planned for 30th July. We also continued with stalls at the Christmas Craft Fair, Assynt Games and also running the refreshment stall at craft fairs during the year. Attending these events is great for raising the profile of CCWT and also brings in a small increase in memberships and donations. The third Wild Wood event was held at the White Shore in May.
CALLP It was hoped that the Stage 2 application to Heritage Lottery Fund would have been approved in March this year however due to the slow progress of securing match funding, it was decided to postpone the presentation to the HLF meeting until their June meeting. CALLP’s HLF Grants Officer is currently preparing a report which she will present to HLF’s Scotland Committee on 14th June. One of the key components of this will be a report on the progress with match funding which is now looking much healthier with just under £1 million of match funding secured for the scheme’s five years of delivery. This puts all the projects at about 50% towards the total needed over five years and well over the total required for year one. If there is a successful decision at the June meeting it is anticipated that the projects may start on 1st September.
Maintenance project (Little Assynt): With the removal of the path maintenance option from SRDP, funding for looking after the path network has been difficult to raise. The paths at Little Assynt have been in place for 5 years plus and are in need of major maintenance work to ensure they survive. We applied to Brown Forbes Memorial Fund who have been great supporters of CCWT’s work in the past and they confirmed £4250. An additional £1500 has recently been confirmed from Paths for All. This means that we will be able to undertake the work this summer.
Mountain Bike Track Project development: The idea of a short mountain bike skills area/track has been raised at several CCWT meetings. We are currently in the very early stages of project planning, starting with a questionnaire consultation at an Assynt Youth group meeting. Chris Goodman and I met with Andy Taylor (formerly Culag Enterprises) for an informal survey of the proposed area, to the north of the Main Car Park track. Andy has experience of constructing MTB tracks and thinks that the proposed site has enough space and appropriate terrain for a small track. Assynt Estates who own that area have granted permission. Further public consultation is required and then if a positive response is received, the next job will be seeking out funding for the project. A robust fundraising plan for the future maintenance and insurance of the track would need to be in place if the MTB track project goes ahead. Assynt Leisure are keen to partner CCWT in this project to help deliver the training element.
Culag Community Woodland Trust Chairperson's & Project Officer's Reports 2016, Scotland