Dronley Wood Update 23 March 2018

Our Consultant, Duncan Bryden, carried out a Feasibility Study and Business Plan and produced a Feasibility Study and Business Plan Summary if the main document is too long winded for you. These are key documents to submitting an application to the Forestry Commission (FCS) under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS). The trustees have now completed the application form which makes our case for the transfer of the woodland to our community and submitted it to FCS. An independent panel will review our application at the end of April, their decision based on us delivering substantive community benefit by owning the woodland. We are confident that we can deliver benefits to the community by making improvements in the wood without compromising the peace and tranquility the wood offers at present.

New and improved paths will open up more areas of the wood for everyone to enjoy, even those using pushchairs or wheelchairs. Building an accessible wooden off-grid building for recreational and educational activities, a composting toilet and a picnic area are all in our 5 year plan. We hope to employ a part-time woodland manager, to manage the initial work as well as supervising volunteer work teams. We plan to fundraise to employ this person for at least two years.

The CATS application validation date is 19 March 2018. The public have until 18 April to consider the application and, if they wish, make representation to: –

Rebecca Carr
Community Asset Transfer Manager
Forest Enterprise Scotland
231 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh
EH12 7AT

or

Email: communities@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

The independent panel will meet at the end of April to evaluate our application and make recommendation to the FCS Chief Officer, who will decide to accept our offer, or not.

We are hopeful of success and feel confident that with the help and support of the community, we can deliver our modest project – to have a wood the community can be proud of.

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