Words from the Woods

What’s going on in the woods today?

A walk in any direction and the sights to be seen are the lush density of green that comes after that first freshness of spring and perriwinkles. The beautiful free growing blue flower that is so synonymous with the Dunnottar woods. All helped to stay so lush and green by the persistent recent rain.

It was certainly raining on Thursday evening, May 10, when a few hardy volunteers turned out for the first Dunnottar woods work party to clean out the Shell House and Ice House.

Wellies, rubber gloves and waterproofs were definitely the order of the day. A few very drenched hours later a very good job had been done and these two historic features of the wood were looking in much better shape. So many thanks to all who came along.

Which leads onto the next work party evening of the summer programme. Thursday June 14.

The summer programme will on every second Thursday of the month from 18.00 to 20.00 meeting in the quarry car park. Work materials will be provided by Forestry Commission Scotland when required, however you will need to provide your own coveralls and gloves.

initial planned activities include:

June 14 - Step/Path repair work.

July 12 - Removal of Scrapped van.

August 9 - Step/Path repair work.

September 13 - Step/Path repair work.

The activities may vary depending on issues identified during the year which may need priority attention.

We will collate volunteer details and create a distribution list to email those who may be interested before each date to remind and inform of the plans for the event. If you would like to support some of these work parties and wish to be on the distribution list please send contact details to chairman john Neal at dwpacommittee@hotmail.com or call on 07747101312.

There will be jobs for all levels of capability so come along and get involved.

What else is to be seen? Well the protective covering is now off Lady Kennedys Bath after the completion of the recent work to, in the first instance, retain the bath. The next step would be restoration to former glory.

This will depend on further fundraising efforts but also being able to establish what the Bath was originally like. Historical record and photographs are proving elusive so if anyone can help in this regard please get in touch.

Another project that funding has been set aside for is the production of an amount of timber that would be available for relevant community projects. Funded jointly by FCS and DWPA committee.

If you have a community project that could benefit from this timber please get in touch initially through the website at dunnottarwoods.org

So to throw in a few buzz lines. ‘Forestry fit.’ ‘Woodland wellbeing.’ Work parties are good for you. Or if nothing else come to the woods and walk amongst the perriwinkles.