Wooplaw meeting set for Wednesday

Scotland’s first community woodland holds its annual general meeting on Wednesday, February 26, and hopes to set an agenda for the year.

Anyone interested in Wooplaw Community Woodland, near Stow, is invited to the meeting at the Lauderdale Hotel, Lauder from 7.30pm (and should contact the committee via www.wooplaw.org.uk)

Current chairman Bob Fleet said: “From all of the entries on the website, Facebook and people booking the cabin or enquiring about using the woods there are a lot of people who are very active at Wooplaw.

“This is a great chance to get together and exchange ideas. It would be great to see a load of new faces.”

The aim also is to set up days for maintenance and work on the woods and the current committee hopes anyone interested in organising events for children, a treasure hunt or barbecue come forward.

Bob said: “We’ve got volunteers to lead a few groups – green woodworking, bushcraft, foraging, and work parties, but we need one for the wildlife/nature watch.

“We’ve got the chance to do some work and make some benches using the fallen Scots Pines. This would also help finance the replacement of our chainsaw, get a winch and also a chainsaw course.”

Dates so far this year include willow harvesting at Gullet Wood on March 30, a greenwood working weekend and plantlife survey on May 24-25.