Upper Reelig Community Wood

Volunteers in the woodland

Kirkhill and Bunchrew Community Trust Community Woodland Group manage Upper Reelig Community Wood in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland. The Group, which has been active since 2000, delivers a range of economic, social and environmental objectives. The Group aims to increase biodiversity, recreational access and educational activities within the wood while being economically and environmentally sustainable.

Walks around Reelig

There are a number of possibilities to explore the woods  through a network of formal and informal paths. The main paths are marked on this map which also shows the community log building and the wooden xylophone.

Map of Reelig Walks

Directions to Reelig Glen and the walks can be found on the Forestry Commission website.

Work programme

There is a regular work programme of activities for volunteers over the winter months and new volunteers are always welcome. Activities include thinning trees, maintaining paths, planting trees, making firewood and charcoal and creating wooden structures within the wood. Contact Donald Shiach, dshiach@hotmail.com, 01463 831591, for more information.

We meet at the log cabin in the upper Reelig Wood at 10am on (usually) alternate Saturdays over the winter and spring months. Equipment and training is provided.

DATES FOR 2016/17:

22 October

5  November

19 November (with reindeer making workshop)

3 December

17 December

31 December

Wooden xylophone

If you explore the main path in the upper wood you’ll come across the wooden xylophone and just off the path. The xylophone and shelter was built by woodland group volunteers in 2015/16. All the timber comes from the wood and even the nails in shelter roof are reclaimed. At truly sustainable structure. Have fun making music in the wood!

Read about the building of the shelter

Himalayan Balsam

Members of the woodland group have been working hard to eradicate the invasive alien weed Himalayan Balsam from the fields and water courses around Reelig and Clunes. You can read about the project here.

Reelig Forest Design Plan

The group consulted with the community and agreed its objectives with Forestry Commission Scotland which are set out in the Forest Plan.

News

Woodcarving workshop reveals hidden talents

Work starts on woodland resource building

 

 

 

 

 

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