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CWA / MLWW Conference 2017 - Friday 20th & Saturday 21st OctoberCWA / MLWW Conference 2017 - Friday 20th & Saturday 21st October
Added: 25 May 2017
The CWA / Making Local Woods Work Conference will take place on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st October 2017 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld. This year will see a change to the usual format: we will be starting the conference on Friday and will be welcoming groups from the rest of the UK who are involved in the Making Local Woods Work project.

This year’s conference will be much bigger than usual as we expect to welcome up to 160 delegates, including 50 or more from outside Scotland. There will be the usual mix of speakers, workshops, site visits, networking and ceilidh. Workshops will cover a range of topics including: woodfuel, adding value to timber, social finance, education, health and volunteering.

Conference bookings are now open via our Eventbrite booking webpage. We have a limited number of rooms available at the Westerwood, where we would like to fit in as many delegates as possible. If you are able to share a room this will help us and greatly reduce the delegate fee!

Please note that CWA and MLWW groups can book two delegate places per group at the prices advertised. If you wish to book additional delegates please contact Jon or Caroline. The draft conference schedule is below and will be updated as speakers and workshop hosts are confirmed. We anticipate being able to support delegates’ travel costs. Please contact Caroline at admin@communitywoods.org if you have any questions or require display space.

This event is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, Forestry Commission Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Ticket costs:
CWA/MLWW Groups - Full conference with double occupancy £100 (£50 per delegate)



Includes: Dinner, ceilidh and accommodation on Friday night only



CWA/MLWW Groups - Full conference with single occupancy £80 per delegate



Includes: Dinner, ceilidh and accommodation on Friday night only
CWA/MLWW Groups - Full conference with NO accommodation £30 per delegate
Includes:
Dinner and ceilidh only

CWA/MLWW Groups - Day delegate Friday only - £20
Does not include: dinner, ceilidh or accommodation
CWA/MLWW Groups - Day delegate Saturday only - £20
Does not include: dinner, ceilidh or accommodation
Agency/NGO - Full conference with single accommodation - £160
Includes: Dinner, ceilidh and accommodation on Friday night only
Agency/NGO - Full conference with NO accommodation - £100
Includes: Dinner and ceilidh only

Please book via our Eventbrite page:
Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cwa-conference-2017-tickets-32651802420?aff=es2
Attached File: CWA-MLWW 2017 conference draft schedule 24july2017.pdf
 
Ullapool Community Trust - Project Development Officer, Community Hub & ShopUllapool Community Trust - Project Development Officer, Community Hub & Shop
Added: 26 Jun 2017

A period of sustainable growth, regarding the transfer of assets into community ownership has resulted in a requirement for Ullapool Community Trust (UCT) to take on an experienced Project Development Officer part-time. They are therefore seeking a self-motivated and dedicated individual to help them develop their Community Hub and Shop project over the next year. There are also potential income generating projects under consideration as part of this project which need to be developed as part of the post, this will require enthusiastic and committed attention to continue the momentum of development for the Trust. This Post is Fully Funded by the Scottish Land Fund.


Website: http://ullapoolcommunity.org/
Attached File: UCT-Job-Description_HUB-Development-Officer_Short.pdf
 
Community Learning ExchangeCommunity Learning Exchange
Added: 05 Jun 2017
The Community Learning Exchange supports community groups on learning visits to other community groups and is available to CWA members groups (and members of other SCA networks). The Fund will cover 100% of the costs of a visit, including travel, accommodation (where appropriate), subsistence and a host fee, up to a limit of £750. .
More information, guidance notes and an application form at http://www.scottishcommunityalliance.org.uk/community-lear…/
 
Sleat Community Trust - Business Development OfficerSleat Community Trust - Business Development Officer
Added: 24 May 2017
Salary £30,000 per annum

35 hrs per week on a fixed term contract to 31 March 2019

Job share will be considered


Over the past 14 years, Sleat Community Trust, has evolved into a thriving community enterprise running a shop and post office, a petrol station, a wireless broadband service, a local tourism group, the community forest and developing a renewable energy project. As part of our ongoing plans, an exciting opportunity has arisen for the appointment of a full-time Business Development Officer to support the volunteer Board of Trustees and work with the community to achieve the aims of the Trust.


More details can be found via the link below:


Website: http://www.sleat.org.uk/news.asp
 
Plunkett Foundation - Project Support Co-ordinator – Making Local Woods WorkPlunkett Foundation - Project Support Co-ordinator – Making Local Woods Work
Added: 13 Feb 2017
A fixed-term, one year full-time position (we are open to suggestions for part-time working by suitable candidates) supporting the management and delivery of the Making Local Woods Work project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. This includes playing a role in administering advisory support to beneficiary groups, assisting with event organisation, overseeing evaluation research, and communication with the project team at the Plunkett Foundation and with external partners.
Website: https://makinglocalwoodswork.org/
Attached File: MLWW_Project_Support_Co-ordinator_Job_Description_January_2017.pdf
 
 Gifford Community Land Company (GCLC) - Project Manager
Added: 13 Feb 2017
Gifford Community Land Company (GCLC) is entering the next exciting stage of its evolution and the Trustees are looking to engage an enthusiastic and proactive self-employed Project Manager on an initial 12-month fixed-term contract, renewable annually. A fee in the region of £15,000 p.a.will be paid for delivery of the approved works. For more detials please visit:
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/job-details.php?id=104
Attached File: GCLC Project Manager Final.pdf
 
 Gifford Community Land Company (GCLC) - Project Manager
Added: 13 Feb 2017
Gifford Community Land Company (GCLC) is entering the next exciting stage of its evolution and the Trustees are looking to engage an enthusiastic and proactive self-employed Project Manager on an initial 12-month fixed-term contract, renewable annually. A fee in the region of £15,000 p.a.will be paid for delivery of the approved works. For more detials please visit:
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/job-details.php?id=104
Attached File: GCLC Project Manager Final.pdf
 
CWA ’A Wood of Our Own’ Networking Day - Wednesday 22nd February 2017  BOOKINGS NOW OPENCWA ’A Wood of Our Own’ Networking Day - Wednesday 22nd February 2017 BOOKINGS NOW OPEN
Added: 09 Jan 2017

A Wood of Our Own’ networking day will take place on Wednesday 22nd February at Cormonachan Woodlands, just outside Lochgoilhead. For more details and to book please visit the link below:




Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/event-details.php?id=482
Attached File: AWOO 11 Booking Form & Agenda - Cormonachan - 22 Feb 2017.doc
 
Central Scotland Green Network Trust - Community Development Officer Closing date Monday 31st October 2016Central Scotland Green Network Trust - Community Development Officer Closing date Monday 31st October 2016
Added: 26 Oct 2016

Central Scotland (North Lanarkshire
£22,000 - £25,500 pa
Paid - Full Time - Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Monday, 31st October 2016

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) seeks to change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

As the lead body, charged with delivering the CSGN, the Central Scotland Green Network Trust is looking to recruit a Community Development Officer to work with communities across the CSGN area. The post will focus on recording and engaging communities who are interested in development or management of their woodlands and community green spaces, supporting community engagement and development of funding applications.





For more details please follow the link below:


Website: http://www.csgnt.org.uk/about-us/vacancies
 
Moffat Community Woodlands - Gallow Hill Project OfficerMoffat Community Woodlands - Gallow Hill Project Officer
Added: 07 Oct 2016

£30,000 contract over 2 years (c. 300 days)
Moffat Community Woodlands (MCW), a registered charity, is looking for a Project Officer to assist the trustees with the development and implementation of plans for the future of Gallow Hill, which we are purchasing from the present owners, Annandale Estates. The site has been previously planted commercially with conifers; we aim to replant it as mixed broadleaf woodland.


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
Attached File: Gallow Hill Project Officer advertisement1.docx
 
10th A Wood of Our Own Networking Event at Craignure & Tiroran Forest, Isle of Mull - Friday 2nd September 201610th A Wood of Our Own Networking Event at Craignure & Tiroran Forest, Isle of Mull - Friday 2nd September 2016
Added: 18 Aug 2016

The 10th A Wood of Our Own (AWOO) networking event will take place at Craignure & Tiroran Forest on the Isle of Mull on Friday 2ndSeptember. In keeping with AWOO’s familiar-but-successful format, the day will consist of morning updates from FCS representatives (funding, forest policy, local forest district issues), a round-up of Community Woodland Association activities followed by a number of short presentations from some AWOO constituent groups – covering the usually broad range of woodland, community and social enterprise interests. For more details please visit the link below:


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/event-details.php?id=478
Attached File: AWOO 10 Draft Agenda and Booking Form - Craignure - 02 Sept 2016.doc
 
 Broadford and Strath Community Company - Project Manager Vacancy
Added: 16 Aug 2016
Broadford and Strath Community Company wish to appoint a project manager to manage the development of the Broadford Community Woodland Campsite. The post is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
BSCC is seeking a project manager who will manage the construction works for the development of the site, establish the campsite business and support the first year of the operation of the campsite.
The preferred candidate would have experience of managing capital projects with a value of £1m and working with grant making organisations like the Big Lottery Fund, knowledge of green construction projects, experience of running a business, an understanding of tourism and have worked on community projects with volunteers.
This is a full time post for three years on a self-employed basis with a fee of £30,000 per annum.
To apply please send a copy of your CV with a covering letter stating why you are suitable for the post to norma@broadfordandstrath.org by 19/8/2016.
For further details please follow the link below:
Website: http://www.broadfordandstrath.org/index.php/bscc/news
 
Abriachan Forest Trust Job Opportunity - VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR/ GROUP LEADERAbriachan Forest Trust Job Opportunity - VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR/ GROUP LEADER
Added: 18 Jul 2016

Are you a self-motivated, practical person with excellent leadership skills?Do you have lots of empathy and an ability to inspire others?
You might be the very person to join the team and support volunteers to develop transferable skills.

Starting salary £25,500 for 35 hour week on a one year fixed term contract (extension subject to funding)

Details and application form : abriachanforest@gmail.com


Closing date 22/07/16 with interviews w/b 25/07/16

This role could be a job-share opportunity and is funded by The Robertson Trust, Landfill Community Fund, Scottish and Southern Energy Community Fund and Abriachan Forest Trust.

 
The Coigach – Assynt Living Landscape - 3 x Full Time Job Vacancies (Assistant Scheme Manager, Education manager and Woodland ManagerThe Coigach – Assynt Living Landscape - 3 x Full Time Job Vacancies (Assistant Scheme Manager, Education manager and Woodland Manager
Added: 08 Jul 2016

The Coigach – Assynt Living Landscape is now recruiting for three full time positions to assist in implementing the Landscape Partnership Scheme. These positions are:


· Assistant Scheme Manager


· Education Manager


· Woodland Manager



Download the recruitment poster for application details and application deadlines.

 
New Caledonian Woodlands - DirectorNew Caledonian Woodlands - Director
Added: 22 Jun 2016

Job Title: New Caledonian Woodlands Director.
Purpose of role: To provide dynamic leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction and financial stewardship.
Employed by: New Caledonian Woodlands Ltd.
Salary Scale: £28,000 – £30,000 p.a. pro rata.
Pension: Yes, stakeholder.
Hours: The post is for 28 hours per week, to be worked in a flexible way to for which time of in lieu will be available. There is scope for the post size to increase to 35 hours per week in the future.
Location: The primary base will be Edinburgh, with secondary project locations in Perthshire and Fife.
Start date: August/September 2016.


For more information please visit the link below:


Website: http://newcaledonianwoodlands.org/news/job-opportunity-director-of-new-caledonian-woodlands/
 
The Woodland Trust - Site Manager - Loch Arkaig The Woodland Trust - Site Manager - Loch Arkaig
Added: 20 Jun 2016

Working from home as Site Manager for Loch Arkaig you will represent the Woodland Trust restoring the Loch Arkaig pinewoods to native woodland in partnership with the local community. Their vision is that restoration will inspire others to build a healthy and resilient landscape with a revitalised for




Location: Homeworker
Region: Scotland
Salary: circa 28,000
Application closing date: 24th July 2016
Package: Pension, life assurance, 25 days holiday

For more information please visit:


Website: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/jobs/
 
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Scottish Land Fund - Operations Manager Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Scottish Land Fund - Operations Manager 
Added: 20 Jun 2016

Location: Glasgow or Edinburgh.


Salary: £33,305 - £39,008 per annum, excellent benefits package.
Fixed term until 31 March 2017 - Further extension to be confirmed Autumn 2016 subject to Scottish Government funding.

The Scottish Land Fund (SLF) is a Scottish Government funding programme that supports communities across the whole of Scotland to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets. SLF advisers are strategically located across Scotland in order to provide on-the-ground support to SLF and other national programmes delivered by HIE.


Website: http://www.hie.co.uk/about-hie/working-with-hie/job-opportunities.html
 
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) - Scottish Land Fund Adviser - 3 postsHighlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) - Scottish Land Fund Adviser - 3 posts
Added: 17 Jun 2016

HIE are looking for 3 Scottish Land Fund Advisers to join their pan Scotland team of advisers working with communities to help them buy land or buildings that are important to them.

Location: Glasgow or Edinburgh
Salary: £26,229 - £29,907 per annum, excellent benefits package.

Fixed term until 31 March 2017 - Further extension to be confirmed Autumn 2016 subject to Scottish Government funding.


Website: http://www.hie.co.uk/about-hie/working-with-hie/job-opportunities.html
 
CWA Conference  "Community Woods: Learning and Earning" – 1st & 2nd October 2016 - Forres, MorayCWA Conference "Community Woods: Learning and Earning" – 1st & 2nd October 2016 - Forres, Moray
Added: 26 May 2016

The 17th annual CWA Conference ’Community Woods: Learning and Earning’ will take place on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October 2016 at Horizon Scotland, The Enterprise Park, Forres, Moray. This year’s conference will feature all that’s best in community woodlands: inspirational speakers, instructive workshops, educational site visits and plenty of networking time…and of course the CWA ceilidh. Please follow the link below for more details.


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/event-details.php?id=467
Attached File: CWA Conf 2016 schedule & booking forms.doc
 
Glengarry Community Woodlands - Community Woodland Development OfficerGlengarry Community Woodlands - Community Woodland Development Officer
Added: 26 May 2016

Glengarry Community Woodlands have been successful in the purchase of the Wood and Old Forestry Depot in Invergarry, Glengarry. We are now looking for a Community Development Officer to further develop and implement aspects of our Business Plan and Community Projects to maximise the opportunities this new venture provides us. For more details please follow the link below:


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/job-details.php?id=89
Attached File: GCW CDO Job Advert May 2016.docx
 
 Ullapool Community Trust seeking Community Engagement and Development Officer
Added: 13 May 2016
Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: £25,500
Location: The UCT office in Ullapool
Duration: until to 31st March 2017 (there is potential for continuation beyond subject to funding being secured)
Closing date: 31 May 2016

For more information please go to www.ullapoolcommunity.org
Website: http://www.ullapoolcommunity.org
 
CWA is seeking a Community Woodland OfficerCWA is seeking a Community Woodland Officer
Added: 12 May 2016
The Community Woodlands Association is seeking a Community Woodland Officer to provide in-depth community development and land management advice and assistance to community woodland groups across Scotland and to develop and deliver the CWA training programme.
3 days / week, £27,000 pa pro-rata, initially to 31/3/2017, extension subject to funding.
Location will be agreed with successful candidate, may be home or office based.
Completed application forms should be returned to admin@communitywoods.org by 5pm Friday 27th May
Attached File: CWA CWO Job Description & Application Form.doc
 
Llais y Goedwig, Wales Community Woodland Network -Network Coordinator  Llais y Goedwig, Wales Community Woodland Network -Network Coordinator
Added: 12 Apr 2016

Llais y Goedwig, Wales Community Woodland Network, is a voluntary, grassroots membership organisation that promotes and represents community woodland groups in Wales and supports local community woodland initiatives.



They are looking to recruit a new Network Coordinator who will help them support the network in Wales over the next two years.


For more information please visit the link below:


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
CWA Hutting Seminar - Colintraive, Argyll Saturday 7th May 2016                CWA Hutting Seminar - Colintraive, Argyll Saturday 7th May 2016
Added: 09 Apr 2016
CWA has teamed up with Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust, Reforesting Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to deliver a 1 day seminar and workshop which will explore the new publication- New Hutting Developments- Good Practice Guidance on the planning, development and management of huts and hut sites,downloadable here http://www.thousandhuts.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/160215-Huts-Guidance-FINAL-screen-res.pdf and which will provide an ideal networking opportunity for people interested in all things hutting.

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/course-details.php?id=461
Attached File: Hutting Seminar Booking Form and Agenda.doc
 
Highlands and Islands Enterprise - Development ManagerHighlands and Islands Enterprise - Development Manager
Added: 06 Apr 2016
Development Manager
Auchtertyre, £26,229 - £29,907 per annum, excellent benefits package.

You will be responsible for providing advice, guidance and support to community organisations involved in asset-based community development, predominantly covering Lochaber and Skye, as well as some projects in Wester Ross and other areas as required. You will also contribute to the policy and sectoral development work of the team, which may involve new areas of activity, in order to support the delivery of HIE’s Operating Plan. In doing so you will liaise with colleagues in other parts of HIE, particularly in area offices and partner organisations as appropriate. For more information follow the link below:

Website: http://www.hie.co.uk/about-hie/working-with-hie/job-opportunities.html
 
Laggan Forest Trust - Business Development OfficerLaggan Forest Trust - Business Development Officer
Added: 16 Mar 2016

Closing date: 5pm Friday 1st April
Interviews: Wednesday 6th April
Salary: Around £28,000 Hours per week: 36, with occasional weekend and evening activities
Holiday entitlement: 33 days including public holidays
Fixed Term: Until 31st March 2017
Location: Laggan Wolftrax Centre, Strathmashie, Laggan, Newtonmore PH20 1BU (Please note there is no Public Transport.)

Job Description: Business Development Officer (Reporting directly to the LFT Chair, or designated member of the Board).

For more details please follow the link below:


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
Attached File: Laggan Forest Trust Business Development Officer information for candidates.pdf
 
CWA Seminar - Woodland Burials, Aigas Community Forest - 5th March 2016, The Magnus House, Aigas Field Centre, Nr Beauly, Inverness-shireCWA Seminar - Woodland Burials, Aigas Community Forest - 5th March 2016, The Magnus House, Aigas Field Centre, Nr Beauly, Inverness-shire
Added: 12 Feb 2016
CWA has teamed up with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to deliver a seminar on Green Burials for community woodland groups.
The seminar will take place at the Magnus House, Aigas Field Centre, Nr Beauly and will start at 9.30am registration, start 10am. Finish around 3.30pm.

This event aims to cover: planning and legal regulations, choosing suitable sites, infrastructure requirements, burial options, memorial areas, resources and supply chains and marketing. For more details follow the link below:

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
Attached File: CWA Logo small.jpg
 
CWA Argyll Networking "A Wood of Our Own" - 8th March 2016, Dalmally Community Hall, ArgyllCWA Argyll Networking "A Wood of Our Own" - 8th March 2016, Dalmally Community Hall, Argyll
Added: 09 Feb 2016
CWA in association with Forestry Commission Scotland are holding the next Argyll networking forum ‘A Wood of our Own’ on Tuesday 8th March in the Dalmally Community Hall, Dalmally Argyll. The networking event will include presentations and a local site visit, an agenda will follow in due course. To book your place please visit:
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/event-details.php?id=451
Attached File: Booking Form.doc
 
CWA seminar: Leases, licences and charges in community woods, Laggan Wolftrax Centre 10 FebruaryCWA seminar: Leases, licences and charges in community woods, Laggan Wolftrax Centre 10 February
Added: 18 Jan 2016

This one-day event focuses on the various ways that community woodland groups and other community land owners can generate income through leases, licences and charges to others for using their woods. The programme will cover long term leasing arrangements for woodland crofts and woodlots, as well as private and public sector approaches to charging for activities such as organised sporting events, car parking, sporting rights and commercial filming.


The seminar schedule will include presentations, interactive workshops and an opportunity to stretch our legs. The event is supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and hosted by Laggan Forest Trust, is free to representatives of community groups and we will be able reimburse T&S costs for representatives of groups from the HIE area.

The event will take place at Laggan Wolftrax Centre, Strathmashie, Inverness-shire PH20 1BU from 10am – 4pm approx. Please book no later than 3rd Feb by completing the attached booking form or book online via the link below. Please contact Jon Hollingdale at jon@communitywoods.org for more information.
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/course-details.php?id=448
Attached File: Booking Form Leases, licences & tenancies.doc
 
Perth & Argyll Forestry Forum -Perth & Argyll Regional Forestry Forum seeks new members Perth & Argyll Forestry Forum -Perth & Argyll Regional Forestry Forum seeks new members
Added: 14 Jan 2016
Anyone looking to take part in the future direction of forestry across Perth & Argyll have four weeks left in which to apply to join Perth and Argyll Regional Forestry Forum Six new members are required to help the Forum guide the work of Forestry Commission Scotland’s local Conservancy team, which aims to increase the contribution of forestry to rural development, increase the provision of public benefits from forestry and increase public awareness of the importance of woodlands within the area.

Applications forms are available from the Conservancy Office, Perth and Argyll Conservancy, Upper Battleby, Battleby, Redgorton, Perth PH1 3EN or from panda.cons@forestry.gsi.gov.uk The closing date for applications is 29th January 2015.
Website: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/news-releases/1408-perth-argyll-regional-forestry-forum-seeks-new-members
 
 Sleat Community Trust (SCT) – Social Enterprise Assistant Vacancy Deadline 18th January 2016
Added: 14 Jan 2016

SCT is looking to employ a Social Enterprise Assistant on a six month contract. You must be unemployed and between 18-24 years of age to apply for this position. This position pays a living wage of £8.25 per hour with a 30 hour week. For more information visit the link below:


Website: http://www.sleat.org.uk/news.asp
 
Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2016Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2016
Added: 17 Nov 2015
The 2016 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are now open for entries. This programme rewards and showcases all that is best in Scotland’s forests and woods. In 2016 there is nearly £7,000 of prize money and striking trophies for winners.
There are four categories:
• quality timber at whole estate or compartment/stand/small wood scales;
• new woodlands both native and commercial;
• community woodlands; and
• schools and pre-schools projects related to trees, woodlands or forests.

To enter, simply complete a short entry form with basic location, contact details and state in no more than 500 words why you think your entry would make a worthy winner of the particular prestigious award.
Entries are encouraged as early as possible, ideally before Christmas 2015. Any entries received after 31st March 2016 will not be considered. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston on Friday, 24th June 2016.
See the website at: http://www.sfwa.co.uk for more information including how to enter.

Website: http://www.sfwa.co.uk
 
Falkland Centre for Stewardship - Project Coordinator (Woodland Centre)Falkland Centre for Stewardship - Project Coordinator (Woodland Centre)
Added: 12 Nov 2015
Salary: £24,000 pro rata per annum

Location: Falkland Estate, Fife

Terms: 18 month fixed term contract, 3 days per week
Purpose of the post: To actively promote and engage people, particularly young people, in the creation and development of a hub of woodland learning and enterprise on Falkland Estate.

For more details follow the link below:

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
Attached File: ProjectCoordinatorJobDescription (1).doc
 
Job opportunities at HIEJob opportunities at HIE
Added: 12 Nov 2015
There are job opportunities in the HIE Community Assets Team including two Strengthening Communities Development Manager posts and one for a Scottish Land Fund Adviser
Website: http://www.hie.co.uk/about-hie/working-with-hie/job-opportunities.html
 
Pilot projects sought for Making Local Woods WorkPilot projects sought for Making Local Woods Work
Added: 09 Nov 2015
Expressions of interest are now open for Making Local Woods Work, an exciting new project working to help support and grow woodland-based social enterprises across the UK. The project is being led by the Plunkett Foundation in partnership with the Community Woodlands Association and a range of other organisations.
The project will work with 50 woodland social enterprises across the UK over the next three years. It will provide them with a range of support tailored to their individual needs; all 50 will receive four days of specialist support, and there will be some additional support available for 30 of these, which is likely to take the form of a further 12 days of support per group. In addition, a series of training and networking events will be organised to help anyone interested in woodland social enterprise (not just the fifty pilots) to achieve their ambitions.
The project is seeking applications from groups who are looking to undertake new activity that will help to bring a range of benefits for local people, bring woodlands into active management and generate trading income.
For more information on the project and to fill out the online expression of interest form, please see http://www.plunkett.co.uk/woodlands.
If you want to discuss your group’s plans and whether Making Local Woods Work would be appropriate for you, please contact Jon (jon@communitywoods.org)

Website: hhttp://www.plunkett.co.uk/woodlands
 
Community Learning Exchange Fund now openCommunity Learning Exchange Fund now open
Added: 25 Oct 2015
The Community Learning Exchange Fund, which has been established to support community groups on learning visits to other community groups, is now open for applications

The Fund will cover 100% of the costs of a visit by members of one community to another up to a limit of £750. Costs may include travel, accommodation (where appropriate), subsistence and a host fee of £300 (up to £500 where the host has multiple visitors).

Funding should be distributed by 31 March 2016, and activities completed as close to then as possible.

A community group may make more than one application, provided the activities have different objectives and learning outcomes.

Please contact Jon (jon@communitywoods.org) if you have any queries.

Attached File: Community Learning Exchange application and guidance.pdf
 
 Glengarry Community Woodlands - Development Officer
Added: 22 Sep 2015
Glengarry Community Woodlands are recruiting for a Community Woodland Development Officer.
For more details see the attached job description or contact Grace Grant grace@mecanisme.net

Attached File: Glengarry Community Woodlands Development Officer.pdf
 
CWA Conference 2015 -  22nd & 23rd August, The Royal Marine Hotel, Hunter`s Quay, Dunoon, Argyll CWA Conference 2015 - 22nd & 23rd August, The Royal Marine Hotel, Hunter`s Quay, Dunoon, Argyll
Added: 30 Jun 2015
The CWA Conference and AGM will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August 2015 at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dunoon, on Argyll’s Cowal peninsula.

More information, and the delegate booking document, which includes a draft programme, can be found at: http://www.communitywoods.org/event-details.php?id=435

You can book online at: http://www.communitywoods.org/cwe-trainingcourses.php?


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/event-details.php?id=435
 
Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust (ACT) - Dynamic individuals required Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust (ACT) - Dynamic individuals required
Added: 24 Jun 2015
Dynamic individuals required to take forward ACT Argyll.
Positions available:
Skills and Contracts Manager - This is a full time position, salary £30,000.
Chargehands - These are full time positions, salary £17,759.
Administrative Officer - Part time position (15 hours per week) Salary £ 17,759 pro rata.

For full details and application form, please visit ACT’s website below or email info@act-now.org.uk Closing date Monday 13th July 2015


Website: http://act-now.org.uk/en/our-teams
Attached File: Job Ad June 2015.pdf
 
SCVO & Community Jobs Scotland - Apply now for Community Jobs Scotland Registration now open!SCVO & Community Jobs Scotland - Apply now for Community Jobs Scotland Registration now open!
Added: 18 Jun 2015
Registration to become a Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) employer in 2015-16 is now open! This year they are moving to a new online system to make things quicker and easier for you. The first stage of the application process is to complete an online Employer Registration form. This must be completed before 12 noon on Monday 29th June 2015. For more information visit
Website: http://www.scvo.org.uk/jobs-employability/cjs/
 
Social Enterprise Scotland - Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2015 Open for EntriesSocial Enterprise Scotland - Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2015 Open for Entries
Added: 18 Jun 2015
Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and success in social enterprise are now open for entries! Social Enterprise Scotland is calling on all social enterprises to step up and demonstrate how they’re improving Scotland’s economy and society.

Complete the application form and email it to chris.mack@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk by midnight on Friday 10 July 2015. You will receive a confirmation of receipt email.



Website: http://www.socialenterprisescotland.org.uk/policy/
 
Kilfinan Community Forest - Forest Access CoordinatorKilfinan Community Forest - Forest Access Coordinator
Added: 04 Jun 2015
Initial one year contract, approx. 32 hours per week.
Kilfinan Community Forest, Tighnabruaich, Argyll.
Salary £22,500 (pro rata)
Application deadline: 15th June for July 2015 start

Are you a self-motivated ‘people person’ who is environmentally aware and passionate about the outdoors? Would you be confident working with volunteers to deliver a set programme of activities, focused on making important recreational improvements to the community forest? If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you! Visit the recruitment page on our website for more details and how to apply.

Website: http://www.kilfinancommunityforest.co.uk/about-recruitment.php
 
Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust (ACT) - Skills and Contracts Manager PostArgyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust (ACT) - Skills and Contracts Manager Post
Added: 13 May 2015
ACT Argyll is a new company owned by the charity Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust. ACT Argyll delivers environmental contracts for a range of partners whilst offering a progressive structure for training and skills. To take ACT Argyll forward they are recruiting a Skills and Contracts Manager.

The successful candidate will be required to lead, manage and secure ongoing contract work for their teams in Oban and Helensburgh. This is a full time position, salary £30,000.


Full details and application form can be found at ACT’s website below.

Please contact contact Julie Young, ACT Development Officer info@act-now.org.uk tel: 01546 604309 should you need more information.


Closing date Wednesday 27th May 12 noon.

Website: http://act-now.org.uk/en/our-teams
Attached File: Job Ad (1).pdf
 
North West Mull Community Woodland Co. Ltd - Development Manager North West Mull Community Woodland Co. Ltd - Development Manager
Added: 04 Mar 2015
Full time/Job-share Considered
Salary from £25,000.00pa
NWMCWC are looking for an exceptional person to manage and develop our exciting range of community woodland pro-jects. These include a Micro Hydro Project, Affordable Housing, a Woodland Burial Ground, and increasing the Access and Amenity value of the woodlands.
Website: http://nwmullwoodland.co.uk/
Attached File: A4 Ad.pdf
 
Kilfinan Community Forest require Consultant to deliver a feasibility study into the viability of woodland eco-burialsKilfinan Community Forest require Consultant to deliver a feasibility study into the viability of woodland eco-burials
Added: 18 Feb 2015
Kilfinan Community Forestare seeking a consultant to deliver a feasibility study into the viability of woodland eco-burials. The project brief can be found via the link below, which includes timescales and key requirements; please pass this onto anyone you think might be interested and qualified to undertake this work. Consultants should get back to me with a proposal by 26th February, and we can be flexible on the starting date.


Website: http://www.kilfinancommunityforest.co.uk/images/upload/files/kilfinandocs_pdf_1786.pdf
 
Arran Community Land Initiative - Development OfficerArran Community Land Initiative - Development Officer
Added: 18 Feb 2015
Arran Community Land Initiative are hoping to recruit a Development Officer for a land project on Arran. The area consists of 80 acres of disused farmland and we intend to plant some trees including the rare Arran Whitebeam although the main push of the project will be horticultural and for leisure and learning purposes.

For more details please see the attached advert.

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
Attached File: DO_Advert_150203_final (2) (2).jpg
 
 Arkaig Community Forest - Contract opportunity, Lochaber
Added: 17 Feb 2015
The Arkaig Community Forest group, based at Achnacarry near Spean Bridge in Lochaber, have received approval to purchase the remote Glen Mallie and South Arkaig forest blocks for the community from Forestry Commission Scotland under the National Forest Land Scheme.

With financial support from HIE, Trees for Life, Achnacarry Estate, Twindeer Law, Highland Wood Energy, and Killiechonate Woodlands, the group is now seeking to appoint a contractor to deliver feasibility and business planning as well as fundraising and preparation of a Scottish Land Fund application.

For more details please visit the CWA jobs page via the link below:


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
The Woodland Trust - Lead Project Officer - Croft Woodlands ProjectThe Woodland Trust - Lead Project Officer - Croft Woodlands Project
Added: 22 Jan 2015
Full time postion - Homeworker - 5 year contract - Closing date 15th February 2015

The Croft Woodlands Project is a partnership initiative between Woodland Trust Scotland, Scottish Crofting Federation and Forestry Commission Scotland. As Lead Project Officer you will be a key member of The Woodland Trust’s Scotland team. You will have responsibility for the day to day delivery of the Croft Woodlands Project in the Highlands, including the Northern Isles. Your aim will be to engage crofters in Woodland Creation and management on their holdings to deliver multiple benefits in terms of shelter, agricultural diversifications, forest products, landscape and environment.

For more information visit the CWA jobs page via the link below:
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
Attached File: Lead-Project-Officer-Croft-Woodlands-Project-Job-description.pdf
 
Borders Forest Trust - Woodland Habitat OfficerBorders Forest Trust - Woodland Habitat Officer
Added: 20 Jan 2015
Jedburgh, Scottish Borders

£20,000 - £22,000 pa pro rata

Part Time Fixed Term Contract

www.bordersforesttrust.org

Contact enquiries@bordersforesttrust.org or telephone Nicola Hunt on 01835 830750

Closing date: Monday 26th January 2015
More details can be found at

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2015 - Closing date for entry - 31st March 2015.Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2015 - Closing date for entry - 31st March 2015.
Added: 13 Jan 2015
Awards Programme 2015

Once again, annual Scottish Finest Woods Awards programme will be rewarding and showcasing all that is best in Scotland’s forests and woods.

Four award categories are now open for entry with nearly £7,000 of prize money there for the winning.

Community Woodlands Awards
Community-based projects are invited to compete for this Scotland-wide award with two competitions, one for projects with a ’health and wellbeing’ focus and a second for those focusing on ’economic development and regeneration’. The Tim Stead Trophy and £2,000 of prize money are up for grabs.

New Native Woods Award
New native woodland projects are invited to compete for this award: the Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and £1,000 are there to be won.

Quality Timber Awards
Focusing on growing quality timber, woodland owners are invited to compete in our three competitions with three trophies and £3,000 of prize money at stake: the competitions are for ’newly-planted woodland’, ’single stands/small woods’ or ’whole estates & larger multi-purpose woods’.

Schools Award
Schools and pre-school projects can enter this ever-popular award. We are seeking out Scotland’s most fun-packed school woodland projects with £750 of prize money to be won. Don’t forget to tell teacher!

For more information visit their webpage via the link below:

Website: http://www.sfwa.co.uk/
 
Ullapool Community Trust - Part-Time Development OfficerUllapool Community Trust - Part-Time Development Officer
Added: 08 Jan 2015
Closing date: midnight 18th January 2015
Hours: 14 hours per week
Term: end June 2015
Location: Ullapool

Ullapool Community Trust is looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic Development Officer to develop our Community Assets projects as part of a Highland and Islands initiative, Community Capacity Building Programme.

The successful candidate will have experience of developing and delivering social and environmental projects, submitting funding applications and working with volunteer groups as well as engaging with local residents and groups.

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
Attached File: Development Officer Job Desc - FINAL.pdf
 
 Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust - Countryside Ranger Post
Added: 21 Dec 2014
Closing date: 12th January 2015
Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust is a community organisation focusing on the rural regeneration of beautiful area on the west coast of the Highlands. They are presently seeking to appoint an energetic and enthusiastic Countryside Ranger to contribute to the development of one of their key projects - the Plock of Kyle. The post is due to commence early in 2015, initially for the duration of 12 months.

For more information please visit the CWA Jobs page via the link below:
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
New HIE Publication ‘Supporting Crofting Communities’New HIE Publication ‘Supporting Crofting Communities’
Added: 19 Dec 2014

The attached publication has been produced to offer a comprehensive overview of how HIE works in partnership with other bodies which support individual crofters and crofting activity, to ensure that crofting communities continue to thrive and become more resilient. The document also illustrates - and signposts to - the extensive support for crofters, crofting communities and the crofting system provided through a broad range of public and third sector organisations. The publication is available to view and download from HIE’s website at the following link:

Website: www.hie.co.uk/community-support/community-crofting
 
 CWA Accounts and Annual Report 2013-14
Added: 17 Nov 2014
The CWA annual accounts and report for 2013-2014 have been approved by directors and are available for download.
Attached File: CWA SC038374 signed accounts 2013-14.pdf
 
KIRKTON WOODLAND AND HERITAGE GROUP COMMUNITY FORESTER - LOCHCARRONKIRKTON WOODLAND AND HERITAGE GROUP COMMUNITY FORESTER - LOCHCARRON
Added: 04 Oct 2014
Closing date for Applications has been extended to; Friday 10th October 2014

Kirkton Woodland and Heritage Group, Lochcarron is looking for a full time Community Forester, committed to sustainable development at a local level, with management experience across a wide range of skills. The successful applicant will lead the development of our 93ha forest operations including harvesting and replanting.

A background in forest, agricultural or recreational management is essential. The individual should be comfortable with community engagement and spending time outdoors as some of the duties will require development, guidance and liaison on the ground.

Whilst the position is funded initially for 18 months, until April 2016, we envisage that income generation from the sale of timber will be available to support the post beyond the initial period. Based on experience, a salary of up to £26k plus £2k to cover expenses incurred in the course of duties is available for the right person. Applications on a job share basis will also be welcomed. Further information available from;

Kristine MacKenzie, KWHG Development Officer 01520 722490 (kristinestrathcarron@gmail.com) OR Vicky Stonebridge (Director) lochcarronkwhg@gmail.com


Website: http://kirktonwoodlands.wordpress.com/
Attached File: Forest Officer advert and job description.pdf
 
Knoydart Foundation Ranger Service - Ranger VacancyKnoydart Foundation Ranger Service - Ranger Vacancy
Added: 30 Sep 2014

37.5 hours a week. Funded until March 2016 with extension subject to funding.
Salary £17238
After the departure of their current ranger, Knoydart Foundation Ranger Service are looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to take forward this role.
This is a fantastic opportunity to work for the community owned Knoydart Foundation, and to play an active role in its future. You will work on a variety of projects ranging from running guided walks, organising volunteer sessions through to habitat monitoring. You need to actively enjoy working with a variety of people and be able to communicate well with them. For more information visit the link below.




Closing date: 10th October 2014


Website: http://www.knoydart-foundation.com/jobs/ranger/
 
Lochbroom Woodfuels Ltd - Workin’ Wood OfficerLochbroom Woodfuels Ltd - Workin’ Wood Officer
Added: 30 Sep 2014
Lochbroom Woodfuels has been awarded financial support over three years by Young Start, the Prince’s Countryside Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to enlarge and improve our services for young people. Our Workin’ Wood project aims to work with 120 young people over 3 years throughout the wider area.
Lochbroom Woodfuels is looking for a Workin’ Wood Officer to lead the programme. You should have 3+ years experience of working with young people in community/youth work or education; be enthusiastic about woodfuels and have a practical, hands-on approach to work. For more details click on the link below:

Closing date: 19th October 2014

Website: http://www.lochbroomwoodfuels.com/vacancies/
Attached File: workin wood officer job ad (1).pdf
 
Kirkton WHG Scottish Land Fund successKirkton WHG Scottish Land Fund success
Added: 23 Sep 2014
Congratulations to Kirkton Woodland and Heritage Group on their award of £149,500 from the Scottish Land Fund for the purchase and development of Kirkton Woods, Lochcarron.

The woodland will be developed to provide a wide range of economic, social and environmental benefits for the local community including picnic areas, bike trails and a playground. The group will create employment opportunities for local people in roles such as forest management.

Commenting on the purchase which would be made through the National Forest Land Scheme, Kirkton Woodland and Heritage Group Director, Vicky Stonebridge, said: ’We are all overjoyed and very relieved to have been awarded this funding. Our committee and volunteers have worked hard for many years, with the support of the whole community, to be ready and able to take on Kirkton woodland. This asset will mean employment, training, recreation, heritage, cultural and environmental projects can now go ahead, ensuring a sustainable, vibrant future for Lochcarron and the surrounding area.’
 
 Glengarry CW feasibility study & business plan
Added: 19 Sep 2014
Glengarry Community Woodland Steering Group (GCWSG) is seeking to commission the preparation of a feasibility study and business plan to support their application to the National Forest Land Scheme to purchase the Invergarry Depot and Woodland from Forestry Commission Scotland.

There are more details in the brief for consultants attached below - if you have any queries please contact Grace Grant (GCWSG) - contact details in the document.
Attached File: Glengarry CW brief for consultants.pdf
 
 The Land of Scotland and the Common Good
Added: 04 Jun 2014
The Land Reform Review Group have published their final report containing 62 recommendations which together constitute a broad and comprehensive programme of Land Reform. Your can download the report from the link below (13 Mb pdf file) and see Jon’s blog response here: http://www.communitywoods.org/blog.php
Website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0045/00451087.pdf
 
Aigas Community Forest - Community Forest Development OfficerAigas Community Forest - Community Forest Development Officer
Added: 21 May 2014
Community Forest Development Officer - 28 hours / week - Up to £21,000. Closing date: 20th June 2014

Aigas Community Forest is looking for a Development Officer to work over a two year period to further develop and implement their business plan and community benefit projects. Please visit the CWA Jobs page for more details:

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
Kilfinan Community Forest Company - Development ManagerKilfinan Community Forest Company - Development Manager
Added: 09 May 2014
Kilfinan Community Forest Company, Tighnabruaich is seeking a Development Manager. This is a fixed term full time employment position at approximately 40 hours per week. Closing date Monday 26 May 2014

For more details please visit the CWA Jobs Page via the link below:
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
CWA Conference 2014 - 23/24 August, DunbarCWA Conference 2014 - 23/24 August, Dunbar
Added: 07 May 2014
This year’s CWA Conference and AGM will take place in Dunbar, John Muir’s birthplace, and looks set to be a great weekend, with plenty of opportunities to network, share experiences and be inspired by a diverse line up of speakers, workshops and site visits.

The theme of the conference is “Making the connections”, and we’ll be focussing on how community woodlands connect with different sections of the communities they serve, and how they link up the economic, social and environmental benefits they produce. Most of all, the conference is about connecting up those who manage Scotland’s community woods. The most important ingredient for any conference is the people, and there’s always plenty of networking time, not least at the conference dinner and ceilidh on Saturday night. If you’ve been to a CWA conference before then you’ll know what to expect (and hopefully want to come again) but if not then why not come along and experience it for yourself!

The CWA Conference is supported by Forestry Commission Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Please see the booking documents below for forms or to book online click on the link below to go to the CWE site.

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/cwe-trainingcourses.php
Attached File: CWA Conference 2014 Booking Documents v3.doc
 
Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust - Community Forest Development Officer Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust - Community Forest Development Officer
Added: 21 Apr 2014
Contract worth:£28,000 - Initial period: 1 Year

A varied role with sustainable woodland development its core and community revitalisation its heart.

Deadline 28th April. For more details visit the CWA jobs page via the link below:

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
North West Mull Community Woodland Co. Ltd - Development ManagerNorth West Mull Community Woodland Co. Ltd - Development Manager
Added: 18 Apr 2014
Full time - Salary from £25,000.00pa

Due to the recent retirement of their Development Manager they are looking for an exceptional person to manage and develop their exciting range of community woodland projects. These include a Micro Hydro Project, Affordable Housing, a Woodland Burial Ground, and increasing the Access and Amenity value of the woodlands. There is an extensive harvesting and replanting programme underway, requiring regular contact with our harvesting partners and other agencies. The successful applicant will also be responsible for the day to day management and development of their woodfuel company including the recently acquired woodchip supply business. For more information follow the link to the CWA Jobs Page

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens - Scotland Development Worker, EdinburghFederation of City Farms & Community Gardens - Scotland Development Worker, Edinburgh
Added: 18 Apr 2014
Location: FCFCG Scotland Office, Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh. There will be some travel throughout Scotland, as well as occasional travel to Bristol/other parts of the UK.

Salary: NJC Point 25 to 28 (£21,734 to £23,945) pro rata

Hours: 18.75 hrs (2.5 days) per week, to include Tuesdays. Occasional unsocial hours and weekend work will be required.
For more information follow the link to the CWA Jobs page

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
The Woodland Trust - The hunt is on for Scotland’s best loved tree!The Woodland Trust - The hunt is on for Scotland’s best loved tree!
Added: 18 Apr 2014
Scottish Tree of the Year is a new competition supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery that aims to find the nation’s best loved trees. The competition is open to any living tree in Scotland, and anybody can enter. Virtually every community in Scotland has at least one tree that means something to them, and has a great story to tell. It could be associated with a famous figure or historical event. Maybe it’s the sole survivor of a bigger woodland, or local people rallied to save it from being felled. Broadcaster Fred MacAulay has helped to produce a short video explaining a bit more about the competition.

The Woodland Trust are looking for people and groups to nominate trees that have an amazing story to tell and champion their entry through the competition. To enter simply fill out an application form to tell them all about your tree, and how you would campaign for it to win a public vote. They also need at least one photograph of the tree, and please ask the owner of the land on which the tree stands for permission.

Please return application forms to the email address below by Friday 9th May

Website: rorysyme@woodlandtrust.org
Attached File: Tree of the Year Application Form (1).doc
 
DTA Scotland - Community Shares Scotland - Programme Manager and Programme OfficerDTA Scotland - Community Shares Scotland - Programme Manager and Programme Officer
Added: 16 Apr 2014
DTA Scotland is delighted to be the lead partner in the successful consortium, including Co-operatives UK, Plunkett Foundation & Rocket Science, that has been awarded the contract to deliver “Community Shares Scotland”, an exciting, new national programme to increase level of awareness, skill and practice around community shares.

The 3 year programme, supported by the BIG Lottery Fund Scotland and Carnegie UK Trust, will involve a range of awareness raising and training activities, setting up and operating a new information service and providing direct support to communities who are organising community share issues.

They are seeking applications for a Programme Manager and Programme Officer. For more information visit the CWA Jobs page via the link below:

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
Mid Deeside Ltd Forestry AdvisorMid Deeside Ltd Forestry Advisor
Added: 09 Apr 2014
Mid Deeside Ltd are seeking to appoint a forestry expert to advise their Board - anticipated time commitment 10-15 hours/month, details in the attached document.

Please contact Barry Hauxwell at barry.hauxwell@wanadoo.fr or on 07793 275867 for more info or to discuss the role.

Website: http://www.mid-deeside.org.uk/
Attached File: MDL Forestry Advisor.pdf
 
New Caledonian Woodlands - 3 Job vacanciesNew Caledonian Woodlands - 3 Job vacancies
Added: 03 Apr 2014
Fruitful Woods Project Officer - Circa £23,000 - Edinburgh. 35 hours per week. Fixed-term for 36 months, with possibility of extension. Woodland Produce Project Officer - Circa £23,000 - Edinburgh. 35 hours per week. Fixed-term for 36 months, with possibility of extension. Enterprise Manager - Circa £28,000 - Edinburgh. 35 hours per week. Fixed-term for 12 months, with extension dependent on performance.

For more details visit the CWA jobs page via the link below:

Closing date: Sunday 13th April 2014 @ midnight.

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
CWA SRDP Consultation ResponseCWA SRDP Consultation Response
Added: 28 Feb 2014
CWA’s response to the stage 2 consultation for the Scotland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 is now available. Key points are:
· Overall, budget allocations excessively favour farm businesses and do not reflect the diversity of the rural economy. Only a minority share of the “rural development” budget is actually available for rural development.
· LFASS is not designed to deliver rural development objectives and should not be included within the SRDP
· The budget allocation for LEADER is too small and will severely limit potential investment in rural community development.
· The Forestry budget allocation is insufficient to deliver the stated objectives, in particular the woodland expansion targets.
· Support for public access creation in new and existing woodlands should be available across Scotland (subject to demonstrable demand) and not restricted to the WIAT area.
· Improvements to application process and the proposed advisory services appear to be focussed largely on farm businesses with no recognition that community groups will seek to access support from the programme.
· We welcome the proposed support for Cooperation and Small Rural (non-agricultural) Businesses.
Attached File: CWA SRDP2 response.pdf
 
Falkland - Enterprising Land Manager vacancyFalkland - Enterprising Land Manager vacancy
Added: 25 Feb 2014
Falkland Estate Trust are recuiting for a new post of Land Manager. Deadline is 5pm on 11 March.

For more information please contact admin@falklandestatetrust.co.uk

Website: http://www.bigtentfestival.co.uk/index.htm
Attached File: Enterprising Land Manager Job Description.pdf
 
Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2014Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2014
Added: 24 Feb 2014
Entries are now open for Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2014, which have are 4 award categories with a total of £7,000 prize money.
As last year (when the winners were Dunnet Forestry Trust and the Falkland Centre for Stewardship) there are two competitions in the Community Woodlands category: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles (health & wellbeing focus) and Promoting Viable Livelihoods (economic development and regeneration focus), each with a winner’s prize of £1,000.
The entry form for the Community Woodlands category is available for download here, more information on all the other categories is available from the SFWA website.
Closing date for entries is 31 March 2014
Website: http://www.sfwa.co.uk
Attached File: Scotland's Finest Woods Community Woodlands Award Entry Form 2014.doc
 
 Morvern first to invest in forestry hydro scheme
Added: 20 Feb 2014
The people of Morvern have become the first community group in Scotland to invest their own money into a hydro scheme on land managed by Forestry Commission Scotland. The move will provide the community with additional regular income in the future when the hydro scheme on the Abhainn Shalachain starts operating in 2014. The 469kW hydro scheme could generate enough electricity to run 350 homes. The scheme is being developed by a company owned by Perth based hydro-energy company Green Highland Renewables Ltd, with funds managed by Triple Point Investment Management LLP.
The community has invested £30,000 into the hydro scheme and it is hoped this step will spur on other communities across Scotland to consider taking a share in similar renewable projects. Welcoming the news, Environment & Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said:
“This is the very first direct investment by a community group into a hydro scheme being developed as part of Forestry Commission Scotland’s on-going renewables programme. As hydro schemes start to progress in other parts of the country, we are confident that the move taken by the Morvern community will act as a catalyst for others to take up similar opportunities.”
This hydro scheme is one of a number being developed by energy companies as part of an on-going renewables programme being promoted across land managed by Forestry Commission Scotland. Although at a very early stage, Forestry Commission Scotland and its energy developers are in discussions with three other community groups who are interested in investing into small scale hydro projects. Both the Morvern Community Development Company (MCDC) and Morvern Community Trust (MCT) have been responsible for the investment. Angus Robertson, lead MCDC director for this project and local hydro enthusiast said:
“Whilst the community would have preferred to have a larger sum to invest into this project, they were delighted to be involved and will give the project all its support though the construction phase and into the future. MCDC is grateful to Forestry Commission Scotland and all other Scottish Government agencies for their help in pushing this ground breaking project through.”
Through the Forestry Commission Scotland’s renewables programme, communities have an option of investing their own money into schemes for a regular income. This investment can be in addition to taking the standard annual community benefit payment that is associated with renewable projects. On this particular scheme, the community has also benefited from a 5 per cent free stake in the project and will be using this to obtain an on-going income. Ian Cartwright, Managing Director at Green Highland Renewables said:
“Small scale hydro schemes offer good long-term returns for investors and we are very pleased this project will be completed with direct investment from the community. Our goal is to become one of the leading owners and operators of small scale hydroelectric schemes in the UK and we look forward to developing this, as well as future hydro projects, in partnership with the community, Forestry Commission Scotland and our funders Triple Point.”
More information on wind and hydro energy projects on land managed by Forestry Commission Scotland can be found on www.forestry.gov.uk/windhydro.
 
 Aigas Community Forest Scottish Land Fund Success
Added: 14 Feb 2014
Congratulations to CWA members Aigas Community Forest who have been awarded £221,000 from the Scottish Land Fund to purchase part of Aigas Forest, which is adjacent to Crask of Aigas, Beauly, Inverness-shire. ACF will also lease the remaining area of commercial woodland, bringing the whole forest into community control. The group plan to develop the forest to create economic and social benefits for the local community.

Andrew Leaver, ACF Secretary, said, “All of us at Aigas Community Forest are delighted that the Scottish Land Fund has recognised the value of our project with this grant. It’s been a long, and at times dispiriting, five years to get to this stage but I hope that we can act as an example to other groups that sticking with your project is worth every ounce of effort involved. Thank you to the Scottish Land Fund and to everyone else who has supported us to date and who will support us in the future.”
Website: http://www.aigasforest.co.uk
 
 The Ecology Centre - Lochore Tool Shed Project Officer
Added: 14 Feb 2014
Based in Crosshill, Fife - Minimum 16hrs/week

£20,200 pro rata until February 2016

The Ecology Centre are looking for an enthusiastic person with a good knowledge of hand tools to facilitate volunteer tool recycling workshops. This is a new project, which will be part of the Men’s Sheds network, based at Brag Enterprise in Crosshill. If you have a working knowledge of tools, health and safety experience, good communication skills and enjoy working with a wide range of people with different abilities then we want to hear from you. For more details visit the CWA Jobs Page via the link below:


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
Knoydart Foundation - Bunkhouse WardenKnoydart Foundation - Bunkhouse Warden
Added: 11 Feb 2014
Warden required for Permanent vacancy at the Knoydart Foundation Bunkhouse

Managing day-to-day operation of 25 bed bunkhouse

Salary £15,600 pro rata (£11,334) per annum.
For more information visit the CWA Jobs page via the link below:

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
Community Resources Network Scotland - Chief Executive OfficerCommunity Resources Network Scotland - Chief Executive Officer
Added: 04 Feb 2014
Community Resources Network Scotland seeks to recruit a Chief Executive to build on current success and take the organisation onto the next stage of its development.
£40,000 – £43,000 per annum.

Full-time permanent appointment-35 hour week

Location: CRNS office in Stirling, with regular travel across Scotland and occasionally beyond.

Deadline for application: 21 February 2014
For more details visit the CWA Jobs page by clicking on the link below:

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
Attached File: CRNS CEO job description and person specification and Application Form.doc
 
Kirkton WHG Community Woodland AnimateurKirkton WHG Community Woodland Animateur
Added: 22 Jan 2014
Kirkton Woodland and Heritage Group have a project based vacancy for a self-employed Forestry Animateur. KWHG are in the process of acquiring the 93ha Kirkton Woodlands, Lochcarron from Forestry Commission Scotland, and are currently considering a lease option. They are seeking a person to establish and deliver the lease and the associated outcomes.

KWHG anticipate 30-35 days input. Costs should be broken down to include number of days, daily rate, VAT and an allowance for other expenses and forwarded to: Avril MacKenzie, Chairperson, Kirkton Woodland and Heritage Group, The Station, Strathcarron, Wester Ross IV54 8YR or Kristine MacKenzie, Development Officer kristinestrathcarron@gmail.com (Tel; 01520 722882), no later than January 31st 2014
Attached File: KWHG Community Woodland Animateur.pdf
 
Scottish Rural Action - AdministratorScottish Rural Action - Administrator
Added: 21 Jan 2014
Scottish Rural Action is seeking an experienced Administrator to support the delivery of the inaugural Scottish Rural Parliament. SRA is a small and focused team tasked by Scottish Government with delivering this important initiative.

For more details follow the link below to our jobs page:

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
Ullapool Community Trust  -  Project Manager and Lael Forest Community Hydro Project Officer Ullapool Community Trust - Project Manager and Lael Forest Community Hydro Project Officer
Added: 14 Jan 2014
Ullapool Community Trust has two job vacancies:



Ullapool Community Trust Project Manager - CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION – Midnight on Sunday the 9th of February 2014 and



Lael Forest Community Hydro Project Officer - CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION – Midnight on Sunday the 2nd of February 2014



To view job descriptions, person specifications, application forms visit the CWA jobs page via the link below:

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
Coigach-Assynt Living Landscape Partnership - Development ManagerCoigach-Assynt Living Landscape Partnership - Development Manager
Added: 14 Jan 2014
Following the successful £3million Stage 1 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT), on behalf of the Coigach-Assynt Living Landscape Partnership, is now looking to appoint a highly experienced project manager to develop Stage 2 of this groundbreaking initiative, which will begin to restore Coigach and Assynt’s magnificent natural habitats and archaeological heritage through the HLF Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS).


Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 24th January 2014


Interviews: Week beginning 3 February 2014

For more information, visit the CWA jobs page via the link below:
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
CWA Conference 2013 ReportCWA Conference 2013 Report
Added: 12 Jan 2014
The report of proceedings at the 2013 CWA Conference, which was held on 24th & 25th August 2013 at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, on the Isle of Skye, is now available.
Attached File: CWA Annual Conference 2013 Report.pdf
 
Community organisations, social capital and resilience studyCommunity organisations, social capital and resilience study
Added: 12 Jan 2014
Last summer Ellen Lewis (Stevie), a Master’s student from the University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences interviewed and surveyed an number of CWA member groups as part of the research for her dissertation topic:

’Do local land and natural resource management organisations in Scotland help build community resilience, and if so, how?’

An abbreviated version of the dissertation is attached. The study showed that respondents from several communities with local land and natural resource management organisations exhibited higher levels of Social Capital than levels found from respondents to UK wide surveys, and concludes that these organisations, through increasing social relationships, interactions and decision making, help to build more resilient communities.

Stevie says ’In doing this research, I was privileged to speak with many inspiring people whose hard work is evident, not only to myself, but reflected in the results of this study. Thank you to those who helped me in this effort.’

Attached File: Lewis Abbreviated Dissertation.pdf
 
Planning Aid Scotland Renewable Energy Forum Edinburgh 28 JanPlanning Aid Scotland Renewable Energy Forum Edinburgh 28 Jan
Added: 12 Jan 2014
Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) is hosting a Renewables Forum, which will focus on the role of communities and renewable energy within the planning system and will bring together key renewable energy companies, planning practitioners and community representatives from across Scotland.
To register your free place, e-mail Laura MacDonald at events@planningaidscotland.org.uk or call 0131 220 9730.

Website: http://www.planningaidscotland.org.uk/
Attached File: PAS Renewable Forum flyer.pdf
 
 Lochbroom Woodfuels - Paid Graduate Internship - Business Development Assistant
Added: 19 Dec 2013
Lochbroom Woodfuels is looking for an enthusiastic and resourceful graduate who can help progress a new project from planning stages to service delivery.

£7.65 per hour, 20 hours per week for 3 months

Closing date for applications is 2nd January 2014, 5pm

For more details click on the link below to our jobs page
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
Attached File: lochbroom.jpg
 
Land Skills Supervisor post with Living Lomonds Landscape PartnershipLand Skills Supervisor post with Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership
Added: 06 Dec 2013
The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership (LLLP) are looking to recruit a Land Skills Supervisor who will be involved in the development and delivery of a rural skills apprenticeship and work placement programme for young people within the LLLP area.

For further information and an application form please visit: http://www.centreforstewardship.org.uk/livinglomonds.htm or contact Sarah MacDonald by email or by phone on 01337 858838.

All applications should be submitted by email to Sarah MacDonald sarah@centreforstewardship.org.uk. The closing date for applications is Monday 16th December with interviews taking place on 7th January at the Centre for Stewardship in Falkland.

Website: http://www.centreforstewardship.org.uk/livinglomonds.htm
Attached File: LLLP Land Skills Supervisor role profile.pdf
 
Scottish Rural Action - Recruiting for a Rural Parliament CoordinatorScottish Rural Action - Recruiting for a Rural Parliament Coordinator
Added: 08 Nov 2013
Scottish Rural Action has received funding from the Scottish Government to deliver this exciting new initiative for rural Scotland. The Rural Parliament will provide those who live and work in Scotland’s rural communities with an opportunity to come together, to consider rural priorities with a wide range of public bodies, to agree specific policy proposals and in due course, present these to the appropriate bodies. The Rural Parliament will also be a major celebration of rural Scotland, its people, places, products and achievements.
For more information follow the link to our jobs page.
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
CWA Knowledge Share 2011-13 reportCWA Knowledge Share 2011-13 report
Added: 03 Nov 2013
We’re pleased to present the final report and feedback analysis from the 2011-13 CWA Knowledge Share programme, which comprised 36 training events, attracting a total of 830 participants.
Attached File: CWA Knowledge Share 2011-3 report.pdf
 
CWA response to Scottish Affairs Committee consultation CWA response to Scottish Affairs Committee consultation
Added: 31 Oct 2013
CWA has submitted a response to the Scottish Affairs Committee consultation on a programme of comprehensive land reform in Scotland.
Website: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/scottish-affairs-committee/news/land-reform-inquiry/
Attached File: CWA Scottish Affairs Committee response.pdf
 
CWA Health in Woods Seminar - Blarbuie Woods, Argyll and Bute Hospital, Lochgilphead Monday 18th November 2013 9.30am – 4.00pmCWA Health in Woods Seminar - Blarbuie Woods, Argyll and Bute Hospital, Lochgilphead Monday 18th November 2013 9.30am – 4.00pm
Added: 30 Oct 2013
As part of the CWA Enterprising Woods project, CWA is running a Health in Woods seminar in partnership with CWA members, Blarbuie Woodland Enterprise and Abriachan Forest Trust. The seminar will include presentations from partners involved in delivering health-based activities within community woodlands plus workshops and discussions including how to set up activities, practical activity sessions and a site visit to Blarbuie Woods.

For more details visit our events page via the link below:
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/events.php
 
 Colintraive and Glendaruel is Going Green and its recruiting too!
Added: 08 Oct 2013
The Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application to the Climate Challenge Fund for the “Greener ColGlen” project. The project which is worth £172,357, will run from October 2013 until the end of March 2015, employ a project officer and an administrator, and follows on from the trust’s highly successful ‘Warmer ColGlen’ project which has just finished.


This project combines four initiatives which the community has identified as being of huge potential benefit. First, is the establishment of a food growing group within the Community, and includes the creation of two polytunnels. The second is a community Composting scheme. Thirdly, the project will develop a woodfuel pilot project which will supply local woodfuel needs through the clearance of invasive rhododendron ponticum. And lastly, carrying on from the Warmer ColGlen project, there will be an energy-based programme, combining surveys with the Green Deal and other initiatives.

The Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust are recruiting a full-time Project Development Officer (£25,200pa) and a part-time Project Admin and Communications Officer (24 hours per week at £18,480pa pro rata)

For more details visit our jobs page via the link below.
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
Growing Woodlands - Forest Gardening WorkshopGrowing Woodlands - Forest Gardening Workshop
Added: 12 Sep 2013
As part of the CWA Enterprising Woods Highland project, CWA is running a practical workshop on Forest Gardening in partnership with Ullapool Community Trust.



The workshop will be run by Emma Planterose Magenta at the off-grid forest base of the founders of Reforesting Scotland in Leckmelm Wood near Ullapool.



This workshop builds on the Growing and Harvesting Food in Community Woods seminar held at Torridon, April 2013 (the seminar report is available at www.communitywoods.org/about-documents.php and scroll down).



Focusing on forest gardening techniques the workshop aims to share information through practical involvement and encourage sharing of experiences.



For more details follow the link below to the CWA events page.

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/events.php
 
 Green Aspirations Scotland Workshop Programme
Added: 29 Jul 2013
Green Aspirations Scotland was established to assist communities raise their aspirations for a better, vibrant and healthy local environment. They have a new base in Killearn where they will be running workshops in rural skills and personal development. Have a look at their workshop programme, taking bookings NOW! They currently have a great deal available on www.todaysgreatdeal.com/glasgow-deals for a 4 hour session on Bushcraft. Buy a voucher and get in touch!

Visit the CWA Events page for more details.
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/events.php
 
 Transition Stirling Wood for All project - Introduction to Green Woodworking, 10am to 4pm, Killearn
Added: 29 Jul 2013

"Are you handy with tools, or would you like to learn? Don’t miss out on a fantastic opportunity to learn woodworking the old-fashioned way!"

At this event, you will learn the basics of whittling, dabble with the pole lathe, master the shave horse and you can even take the fruits of your labour home with you.

Visit the CWA Events page at the link below for more details.


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/events.php
 
Community Woodland Winners at Scotland’s Finest Woods AwardsCommunity Woodland Winners at Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards
Added: 03 Jul 2013
Congratulations to Dunnet Forestry Trust and The Falkland Centre for Stewardship, joint winners of the Tim Stead Trophy for Community Woodlands at this year’s Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards which were announced by Forestry Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP at the Royal Highland Show. The bumper entry for this year’s awards also included Kilfinan Community Forest, who were commended by the judges. Pictures from the prizegiving are now in our Photo Gallery.
 
CWA - Working with Wordpress 15th July, The Melting Pot, Edinburgh COURSE NOW FULLY BOOKEDCWA - Working with Wordpress 15th July, The Melting Pot, Edinburgh COURSE NOW FULLY BOOKED
Added: 20 Jun 2013

The aim of this course is to help you become familiar with the workings of Wordpress in order to help set up and maintain your community website to be as fresh, exciting, dynamic and as up to date as possible.

The course will take place at The Melting Pot 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR from 10am to 4pm.

For more details visit our events page at the link below:


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/events.php
Attached File: Working with Wordpress Advert and Booking Form.doc
 
Community Woodlands Association Annual Conference Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2013 at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV44 8RQCommunity Woodlands Association Annual Conference Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2013 at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV44 8RQ
Added: 16 Apr 2013

The 2013 Community Woodlands Association Annual Conference, AGM and Ceilidh will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2013 at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, on the Isle of Skye. The event will celebrate 10 years of the Community Woodlands Association - with a fantastic party / ceilidh on the Saturday evening. Please visit our events page at the link below for more details.


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/event-details.php?id=308
Attached File: CWA Conference 2013 draft schedule and booking forms.pdf
 
CWA Seminar: Growing and Harvesting Food in Community WoodlandCWA Seminar: Growing and Harvesting Food in Community Woodland
Added: 16 Apr 2013

Growing and Harvesting Food in Community Woodland
Torridon Community Centre
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th April 2013

As part of the CWA Enterprising Woods project, CWA is bringing together forest crofters, forest gardeners, foragers and other experts to deliver a 2 day seminar covering growing and harvesting food in community woodlands.


An increasing number of community woodland groups are working in partnership to create community gardens and allotments, polytunnels and community composting schemes. What could your group do to look at food production, what edible plants are already growing in your woodland, how you can add value or develop enterprise opportunities - come along to this weekend and find out more.


The event is FREE to CWA groups and members and partner group members (includes Reforesting Scotland, DTAS, Community Land Scotland and the Federation of City Farms and Gardens).


This event is part funded by Highland LEADER and Awards for All. Assistance with travel expenses is available to groups from within the Highland LEADER boundary and Argyll.


For more information and to book please contact Diane Oliver on di.oliver@communitywoods.org or 01852 310955. The booking form is available at the end of the attached file.]]



Attached File: Growing Woodlands Seminar Flyer and booking form.doc
 
CWA Training Events - April & May 2013CWA Training Events - April & May 2013
Added: 16 Apr 2013

CWA have some great training events coming up in the next few months > check out CWA Events for more information and to book your place!

Woodland Survey and Management, Fintry (Postponed from March)

20th April 2013
This one day practical workshop aims to give delegates a basic understanding of community woodland management including woodland surveying & creation, access & interpretation and habitat & wildlife corridors. For more information contact kelly@fintrydt.org.uk

Drystone Walling Course, Dunnet

20th and 21st April 2013
Course to be run under the instruction of George Gunn, Drystone Walling Association Master Craftsman, and the course is limited to 12 places. Members of CWA are offered free places; cost to other trainees will be £25 per day. To book a place on this course
Please contact Nettie Ward pippannette@macace.net

Train the Trainer; Group Training Certificate, Perth

2nd, 3rd, 10th May 2013
This highly regarded and popular course returns this summer, the course is held on three days, over two weeks. The aim of the course is to provide the skills required for participants to plan and host their own training and knowledge share events giving them the confidence and the correct techniques to make their training enjoyable for themselves and their trainees. The skills and certificates gained at this training provide opportunity to develop income from delivery of training events independently, or through CWA’s knowledge and skill share programme. A maximum of 6 participants can take part in this training. Book now to secure your place rosslyn@communitywoods.org

Plain English for Funding Applications -Perth
13th May 2013
1 day session: delegates will work with tutor Joyce Falkner* to explore the benefits and techniques of using plain English when applying for funds. Delegates will work with their own real life application examples; putting their new skills into practice with the support and guidance of our tutor. *Joyce is a teacher of Communication and English at Stevenson College, Edinburgh, and fundraiser for CWA member group GreenFerry Trust. Joyce has a 100% success rate with grant applications.

Greenwood Weekend – Wooplaw Woods, Borders
25th & 26th May 2013
Practical “make your own shaving horse or pole lathe” and learn how to use them with the Wooplaw Wardens. (To cover the cost of materials there is a charge of £40 for a shaving horse and £60 for a pole lathe)

 
 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2013 - UPDATE
Added: 07 Mar 2013
This year the Awards are contributing to Year of Natural Scotland 2013 and to celebrate we have introduced some innovations to the line-up of competitions and bigger prizes!

Four award categories are now open for entry with £6,750 of prize money there for the winning.

Community Woodlands Awards: Newly revised category! Community-based projects are invited to compete for this Scotland-wide award with two competitions, one for projects with a ’health and wellbeing’ focus and a second for those focusing on ’economic development and regeneration’. The Tim Stead Trophy and £2,000 of prize money are up for grabs.

New Native Woods Award: Newly revised entry criteria! New native woodland projects are invited to compete for this award: the Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and £1,000 are there to be won.

Quality Timber Awards: Focusing on growing quality timber, woodland owners are invited to compete in our three competitions with three trophies and £3,000 of prize money at stake: the competitions are for ’newly-planted woodland’, ’single stands/small woods’ (newly revised criteria!) or ’whole estates & larger multi-purpose woods’.

Schools Award: Schools and pre-school projects can enter this ever-popular award. We are seeking out Scotland’s most fun-packed school woodland projects with £750 of prize money to be won. Don’t forget to tell teacher!

So don’t be shy, enter your woodland project today! Be part of it...!

Closing date for entry - 31st March 2013. For more information visit the web link below.

Website: http://www.sfwa.co.uk
 
 New Woodland Croft Website goes live
Added: 07 Mar 2013
The new woodland crofts website aims to encourage, support and advise both existing and prospective woodland crofters.

Website: http://www.woodlandcrofts.org/
 
 Bute Forest Ltd - Tender Invite for Visitor Centre and Accommodation
Added: 28 Feb 2013

Bute Forest Ltd, on behalf of Bute Community Land Company, is pleased to invite you to tender for the investigation into the potential market for a forest centre and accommodation in the islands community-owned forest.


Bute Community Land Company (BCLC) represents the community of Bute in the ownership of Bute Forest. Bute Forest Ltd (BFL) manages the forest on behalf of BCLC. BCLC is to be awarded development funding following a Stage 1 application to the Big Lottery Fund. The development phase includes four primary aspects:
1. Detailed building design and successful conclusion of the planning and permissions process
2. Market research into the potential visitors to the forest centre and accommodation, their needs and preferences
3. Completion of detailed operational and financial plans
4. Research into the needs and priorities of the community of Bute.


These aspects are scheduled to run in parallel, although certain aspects will need to be concluded before others commence. For example, they require some of the market research to be concluded in order to inform the building design. They are inviting tenders for each of these aspects. Note the short timescales. More details can be found via the weblink below.


Website: http://www.buteforest.com/appointments/
 
Afforestations of Delight in South-west CowalAfforestations of Delight in South-west Cowal
Added: 25 Feb 2013

Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust (CGDT) have purchased Stronafian Forest and are now recruiting for a dynamic Community Forest Development Officer.


CGDT are delighted to confirm that they have now purchased Stronafian Forest on the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll. The forest, purchased for 1.55M from the Forestry Commission under the National Forest Land Scheme, will provide the community of Colintraive and Glendaruel with superb opportunities to create sustainable housing, woodland crofts, renewable energy sources and wonderful amenity spaces.


The Trust has been working since early 2010 on the acquisition of the 600ha+ woodland, developing a thorough-going business plan, as well as working on the funding package which includes £1.3M from a commercial tenant for the rights to the commercial forestry over 99 years. Alongside this tranche of money, raised from the private sector, the trust has also raised over £300,000, both for the balance of the purchase price, but also the legal fees and a two year Community Forest Project Officer post. The trust believe this is the first purchase of its kind to combine private and public sectors in a community woodland acquisition.


Come Work With Us
The Trust are still recruiting for the post which offers an exciting blend of community engagement, project management and business development in a forest context. The Community Forest Project Officer will be tasked with taking forward a community wind turbine, developing 4-6ha woodland crofts and preparing building plots for self-build and affordable homes, as well as making the forest accessible to the local community and its visitors. This is an opportunity to work with one of the West Coast’s most innovative trusts, in an environment of outstanding natural beauty, with a community whose Hogmanays are reputed to be the best in Argyll.


CGDT’s chair, Charles Dixon-Spain said, "We are thrilled with this acquisition which is confirmation of the momentum our community has been building over the last five years. Colintraive and Glendaruel is a community that has been in decline for many years, and the Trust feels this purchase signals the renewing of our community, of bringing people in and services back and of ensuring the future of those services that we have held onto. Thanks to everyone who has helped us get to this stage!"


CGDT wish to thank Forestry Commission Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Argyll and the Islands LEADER, the Scottish Land Fund, the Big Fund, Aitchesse Ltd. and our tenant for all their help, financial support and encouragement over the last three years.

 
 Ullapool Community Trust - Local Development Officer
Added: 19 Feb 2013
Part Time Position - 14 hours per week
Salary: £24,480 pro rata to December 2013
(Dependant on funding, post may continue past December)

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS – 12 Noon Monday the 4th of March

For more details click the link below to our jobs page.
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
 Small Woods - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Added: 19 Feb 2013
Small Woods is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) due to the planned retirement of the present Executive Director, Jude Walker.
Closing date for applications 28 February 2013

Interview date - 8 March 2013

For more information click on the link below to our jobs page
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
Bute Community Land Company - Our Forest Our FutureBute Community Land Company - Our Forest Our Future
Added: 19 Feb 2013
Our Forest, Our Future

Bute Community Land Company has been invited to submit a stage 2 application for the Growing Community Assets fund, part of the Big Lottery Funds range of grant programmes.

The application is for almost £1million to fund the construction of an ecological forest centre and lodge accommodation in the commercial section of our forest. The funds will also support the first year of operation including training programmes and marketing.

The application process has two stages and BCLC has passed the first of these where the need for the project, the fit with the grant guidelines and the ability of the organisation to deliver the project are all assessed. The bid was submitted by Bute Forest Ltd as the subsidiary company of BCLC responsible for delivery of the community’s objectives for the forest.

Bute Forest Ltd is now starting the process of developing the stage 2 application. This process includes detailed building design, market research into the types of visitors the project will attract and business planning to ensure the project is financially sustainable. It is hoped that this development work will be completed within 8 months and an outcome from the stage 2 application can be expected early next year.
Bute Forest Directors issued a statement saying: “We have been presented with a virtually unique opportunity to take a huge step towards the realisation of the most ambitious objectives outlined for our forest right at the beginning. If our stage 2 bid is successful, the accommodation will attract a new generation of visitors to the island and the forest centre will bring the forest alive for many more people, both locals and visitors, by providing a base for training, volunteering, education and community events.

Input from members and the wider community will be essential in ensuring we can complete the stage 2 application. We have a drop-in open evening on Thu 27th February at Bute Museum from 5.30 to 8.30pm where people can find out more about what has been happening and what will happen in the forest. Fantastic steps forward are being taken by a number of organisations on Bute towards improving the local economy. We hope that the evening will bring the support we need for realising the contribution our great community asset can make in that direction.

People can also find out about our fantastic free event programme taking place this spring.
We have a long way to go and these processes take time, but we are confident that we have a good chance of securing the full project funding required. Community ownership of land within Scotland is a very topical issue at the moment and we are proud to be demonstrating here on Bute that it can work.

I would like to remind people it is free to become a member of BCLC and have a more direct say in how the project progresses. You can also keep up with our progress on our website and Facebook page”

The building will conform to the values identified by the community in the early stages of the project. These include being accessible, using local materials and suppliers where possible, complimenting the landscape and being ecological in design and running.

The Growing Community Assets grant programme is designed to ‘support communities to take more control and influence over their own future through ownership of assets’. It is one of the grant programmes managed by the Big Lottery Fund and funded through the National Lottery.
 
Bute Forest Awarded £18,081.70 by Forestry Commission’s Community Seedcorn FundBute Forest Awarded £18,081.70 by Forestry Commission’s Community Seedcorn Fund
Added: 11 Feb 2013

Bute Forest Ltd has been awarded £18,081.70 to ensure the continued involvement of the community in Bute Forest.

The Forestry Commission’s Community Seedcorn Fund aims to supports community groups and organisations which encourage and facilitate greater public use of woods thereby realising health, well-being and community benefits.
The grant will part-fund the Forest Manager position, held by Emma Cooper, in order to facilitate community involvement in all aspects of the forest. This includes arranging a series of events, school and community group visits, volunteering opportunities, conservation work and forestry demonstrations. In addition the Forest Manager will be producing a report for the Forestry Commission on how community-owned forests can work together across Argyll & Bute.

Jim Mitchell, Director of Bute Forest Ltd said “We are delighted to receive this award from Forestry Commission Scotland. The Forest Manager position is vital for ensuring both short term and long term aims are achieved for the community. Significant progress has been made since the purchase of the forest and we expect to see further developments over the next year, as well as continuing to provide a range of opportunities for the community to be involved in the forest. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Emma for her hard work and dedication to her role.”

Last year close to 100 people volunteered in the forest, helping with conservation projects, trail creation and the timber products business. There were a number of events and guided visits to the forest. A programme of events are planned for spring this year.

Bute Forest Ltd is a subsidiary of Bute Community Land Company which purchased 161Ha of forest at the north end of Bute in 2010. Bute Forest Ltd manages the forest and is responsible for achieving the outlined aims and objectives for the forest. This includes management of the timber products business, volunteering, events, conservation and facility development.

 
 Falkland Centre for Stewardship - Woodland Assistants, Falkland, Fife
Added: 21 Jan 2013
Minimum wage, 30 hours per week, Mon-Thurs - 8.30am to 5.30pm

Woodland Assistants will carry out a number of conservation activities in the woodlands including rhododendron control, woodland management, hedge planting, sustainable thinning, firewood prepping and storing, path maintenance, dry stone dyke repair as well as particular projects, surveys and greeting visitors.Regular support and supervision will be provided by Tess Darwin, Woodland Learning Manager, Sam Docherty, Woodland Ranger and their day to day foreman Shawn Gilmour. For more infomation visit our job page at the link below.

Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
CWA response to Land Reform Review GroupCWA response to Land Reform Review Group
Added: 18 Jan 2013
The CWA has submitted a response to the Land Reform Review Group’s call for evidence.

Our submission, which can be downloaded below is in two sections: the first outlines some key principles:
• Land Reform is an essential component of community empowerment and sustainable land use
• Land Reform is for all of Scotland, and for all of Scotland’s communities
• Land Reform takes time, patience and trust
and concludes with a note on the issues around the valuation of public sector assets.

The second focusses in more detail on Part 2 of the Land Reform Act (the Community Right to Buy) and proposes a number of revisions, extensions and amendments to the provisions therein, under three main headings:
• The processes of the Act should be simplified and streamlined
• The scope of the Act should be extended
• A new body should be established to ensure effective delivery of Land Reform

Attached File: CWA response for LRRG call for evidence.pdf
 
Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2013Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2013
Added: 17 Jan 2013
Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2013 are now open. There are four award categories with a total of £6,750 of prize money.

Community Woodland Awards: This year the Community Woodlands Awards category reverts to a national competition with entries sought from across Scotland. Entry is open to woodland-related community-based projects. There are two prize categories and entrants can enter for either or both as applicable to their woodland:
Health & wellbeing focus - open to projects such as community woodlands, urban woodlands or other projects which focus on involving communities with their woodland environment and thereby promoting healthy lifestyles.
Economic development and regeneration focus - open to projects such as community-managed woodlands or other projects which focus on involving communities in using woodlands to deliver economic development and thereby promoting viable livelihoods.

Entrants should be able to demonstrate significant and sustained community input. There is a £1,000 cash prize for the winner of each category, and the Tim Stead trophy will be awarded to the competition winner judged to be the best community project overall.

New Native Woods Award: New native woodland projects are invited to compete for this award: the Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and £1,000 are there to be won.

Quality Timber Awards: Focusing on growing quality timber, woodland owners are invited to compete in our three competitions with three trophies and £3,000 of prize money at stake: the competitions are for ’newly-planted woodland’, ’single stands/small woods’ or ’whole estates & larger multi-purpose woods’.

Schools Award: Schools and pre-school projects can enter this ever-popular award. We are seeking out Scotland’s most fun-packed school woodland projects with £750 of prize money to be won.

Entry forms are available from the SFWA website, the deadline for entries is 31st March 2013.

Website: http://www.sfwa.co.uk/Awards%202013.html
 
Woodland Living and Working Seminar 26th Feb 2013 - MilngavieWoodland Living and Working Seminar 26th Feb 2013 - Milngavie
Added: 12 Jan 2013

Woodland Living and Working Seminar 2013
Date: 26th February 2013

DOWNLOAD FULL SCHEDULE AND BOOKING FORM BELOW

Location: Milngavie, Glasgow
Venue:
Charles Conference Facilities, Mugdock Country Park
Site Visit:
Carbeth Huts
Timings:
10am – 4pm (lunch and refreshments will be provided)

What: A one day seminar exploring the various models for woodland living and working, with particular focus on how they can contribute to the objectives of community landowners and help deliver sustainable forest management.

A fee will be charged for non-CWA members wishing to attend; this will be invoiced following completion of booking.

To Book:
Places are available on a first come first served basis.
Please complete a booking form and return it to Rosslyn Mills at rosslyn@communitywoods.org / Flat 4, No 7 Park Place, Denny, Stirlingshire, FK6 6NN.
Online booking available at: http://www.communitywoods.org/cwe-trainingcourses.php?from=cwa
Please ensure that you inform Rosslyn of any special dietary requirements no later than Wednesday 20th February.




Cost:
This event is FREE to Community Woodlands Association groups and members.
Individual CWA members - £25 fee is payable by cheque when booking.
Non CWA groups / members - £50 fee is payable by cheque when booking.




Delegate T&S:
Travel expenses can be covered at 25p per mile and overnight accommodation should you require it at £25 per night – claim forms will be available on the day. (Public transport costs will be covered in full with proof of purchase)


Attached File: 150113 Wood Living Advert.doc
 
Forest Operations Manager Wanted: Kilfinan Forest Operations Manager Wanted: Kilfinan
Added: 27 Nov 2012
The Kilfinan Community Forest Company is seeking an outstanding individual to take forward the next phase of its development.
Forest Operations Manager

Are you a self-starter with experience in woodland management and forestry? Are you passionate about the environment and would love the chance to be part of a new sustainable business. We’re looking for a full-time Forest Operations Manager to lead the development of our forest operations, including the establishment of a timber milling processing yard, development of our wood fuel business and the erection of a small garden centre. Team management skills and an eye for business are essential.

Based in Tighnabruaich, Argyll, Scotland, this post has a starting salary of £26,000 for one year with expected extension as the business develops. This project is being part-financed by Highlands & Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Government and the European Community Argyll and the Islands Leader 2007-2013 Programme.

Visit Kilfinan wesite (link below) for the job descriptions and application forms, email info@kilfinancommunityforest.com or telephone 01700 811159.

Application deadline is 5.30pm Monday 17th December 2012

www.kilfinancommunityforest.com
 
Forester Vacancy: Knoydart Forest TrustForester Vacancy: Knoydart Forest Trust
Added: 26 Nov 2012
KNOYDART FOREST TRUST JOB OPPORTUNITY

Knoydart Forest Trust manages 800ha of community owned woodlands on the Knoydart peninsula to maximise the environmental, social and financial benefits of this natural resource.

Since 1999 the Trust has made significant achievements including establishment of 8 new native woodlands totalling over 350 ha, maintenance of c200ha of existing semi-native and new native woodlands, harvesting 8,000 tonnes of timber, restocking harvested sites with multiple objective tree species, eradicating 55ha of dense Rhododendron ponticum plus 250ha of spreading outlying bushes, creating and maintaining an extensive path and track network, construction of 2 mountain bike tracks, milling and planing of local timber, initial development of woodfuel market and construction of employee accommodation using local timber and much more.

In addition to the ongoing management and maintenance of established activities we are now looking to develop areas that will maximise the use and benefits of the woodland resource and secure the sustainability of the organisation. Many plans are in place and some funding is secured which provides an exciting opportunity for someone to help make this happen.
We are intending to appoint a Forester to head up the operational side of our team in Spring 2013 following organisational restructuring. We are looking for someone who has practical forestry experience and training (HND/BSc or equivalent) and equally importantly, we want someone who shares our ethos and way of working. We want someone who supports community ownership and management and is committed to making that a success on the ground.

If you think you have the skills and drive to make our vision become a reality we would welcome the opportunity to talk to you. Please get in touch with lorna@knoydart.org for more details

Please see link below for more information on KFT
Website: http://www.knoydart-foundation.com/home/knoydart-forest-trust/
 
 Job opportunity with Coed Lleol - Partnership Coordinator (Maternity Cover)
Added: 14 Nov 2012

Based at Coed Lleol office in Machynlleth, mid-Wales.
£22 000 - £25 000 pro rata, 2 days per week.

Closing date 19th November - Interviews 26th November 2012


Temporary Contract (maternity cover) for 12 months, subject to approval of funding for next stage of the project after first 4 months (April 2012).

For more details visit our job page at the link below.


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/job-details.php?id=31
 
FCS Briefing Note 7.1 UPDATE: Chalara dieback of ashFCS Briefing Note 7.1 UPDATE: Chalara dieback of ash
Added: 31 Oct 2012
Forestry Commission Scotland previously issued FCS Briefing Note 7 on the 8th October to raise awareness of a new threat to tree health, the highly destructiveChalara dieback of ash trees, caused by the _Chalara fraxinea_ fungus.

FCS have now issued further (attached) advice explaining what new legislation will mean for woodland owners in Scotland and give detailed guidance about alternative species that can be planted during the period of ash movement restrictions.

Please follow the link below to download the original briefing note and download a pdf of the new update below.

Website: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/FCSBriefingNote7-AwarenessofAshdieback.pdf/$FILE/FCSBriefingNote7-AwarenessofAshdieback.pdf
Attached File: FCS Briefing Note 7 1 UPDATE - Chalara dieback of ash.pdf
 
 Natural Communities Trainee: Community Engagement with Moine Mhor NNR and Kilmartin Glen, SNH and Kilmartin House based in Argyll
Added: 30 Oct 2012

Natural Communities is an innovative new programme providing 12 month long programmes to equip trainees with the skills to engage communities with the environment.


This placement will deliver projects that will establish better connections between the Moine Mhor and the communities located immediately around it.


During the placement you will be supported to learn and put into practice a wide range of natural heritage and community development skills, work towards gaining an accredited qualification and develop and deliver your own community environmental engagement project.


Closing date for completed applications is 02/11/12


Interviews will be held on 13th December 2012.


For an application form and further details, please contact Rachelle Burn at Email: r.burn@tcv.org.uk or Rachelle Burn, People Services Administrator, The Conservation Volunteers, Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB or please call 01302 388878.


The Conservation Volunteers is striving to be an equal opportunities employer.



Website: http://www.tcv.org.uk/jobs/latest-job-vacancies
 
Mull To Host Community Empowerment Events at new Social Enterprise Training Centre Mull To Host Community Empowerment Events at new Social Enterprise Training Centre
Added: 20 Oct 2012

This week sees the launch of two innovative training events being hosted at the An Roth Community Enterprise Centre on the Isle of Mull, just as the Scottish Government sits down to consider responses to its controversial Community Empowerment Consultation.


Delegates from across the UK are being offered a two day intensive weekend of study visits examining the range of social enterprises that have flourished on the Isle of Mull, Argyll. From the An Roth Enterprise Centre, the swimming pool, moorings and jetties, arts venues, profit making village halls and even community land buyouts - the residents of the islands have been ‘doing it for themselves’ for years. There’s also an innovative training programme looking at practical ways to deal with conflict on committees and Boards of Directors and maintaining volunteer engagement.

Much More Than A Training Course

Training Manager for An Roth Associates, Sian Scott explained “Social Enterprise and community empowerment are now higher than ever before on the governments’ agenda. In our experience, while it’s a challenging path to take, there are huge benefits to be gained from local communities managing and running their own services and facilities. The volunteers and staff drawn from local Mull enterprises have offered their time to share their journeys so we have put together an exciting programme of seminars and visits., which can be run as a one day or two day event. Groups who have visited in the past have found it far more revealing than attending a conference or training course especially with the added benefit of networking with likeminded social entrepreneurs from across the UK. Some have questioned the cost of over £300 for the two days, that’s well within commercial rates and as a social enterprise, all the profits raised will go back to support local projects and each social enterprise hosting our visitors receives a fee for their time.

Due to Popular Demand…………………..

The island has had its own Development Trust since the late 90’s which has been on hand to offer assistance to many of Mull’s community groups as well as developing several initiatives of its own, and as a result the island has played host to increasing numbers of groups coming to Mull to see what’s been going on. “We have hosted delegations from all over Scotland , Europe, South Africa, Canada and the USA, so we thought it appropriate that visiting groups contributed to the islands economy “ explains Sandy Brunton, Chair of the Mull & Iona Community Trust. “We particularly were thrilled when volunteers from West Wemyss in Fife came on this study trip and then went on to win the Big Lottery Village SOS, reopened their village pub and are now regenerating their community”


“With an ever increasing interest in community enterprise and the development trust approach,
DTAS welcomes the launch of this exciting new initiative. The combination of training and study visits will provide a unique opportunity for other communities to be inspired by and learn from all that has been achieved by the community on Mull." Ian Cooke, Director of the Development Trust Association Scotland

Full details of the two training events can be found on the CWA events page

 
 Pure Power Lochbroom - Development Officer
Added: 11 Oct 2012
Ullapool Community Trust is looking to recruit a development officer to take forward a Climate Challenge Fund project.
Full Time Position
Salary: £24 000 pro rata (2 year contract)
Closing date - 12 Noon Monday the 29th of October
Website: http://www.ullapoolcommunity.org
Attached File: Pure Power for Lochbroom - Job Advert.pdf
 
 Community Ownership Support Service Adviser
Added: 10 Oct 2012
DTA Scotland is in the process of recruiting an Adviser to contribute to the development and delivery of the Community Ownership Support Service, in particular supporting community organisations in the acquisition and sustainable development of physical assets. In the first instance there will be a continued focus on local authority asset transfer but this is likely to broaden in due course to include other public sector and private sector assets.
This is a varied role and would suit someone with experience of community led enterprise/ the social economy and organisational development. Key skills and experience would include the ability to support the development and review of community consultations, options appraisals and sustainable business plans.
Salary - £29,259 - £31,761 + pension – pro rata
Hours – Part time - 21 hours per week
Based – Glasgow (covering Scotland)
Closing Date – Monday 29th October 2012
For an Application Pack please contact: Lauren Leeman – 0131 225 2080 – lauren@dtascot.org.uk

Website: http://www.dtascommunityownership.org.uk
 
New Partnership to Drive Forward Woodland CroftsNew Partnership to Drive Forward Woodland Crofts
Added: 27 Sep 2012
Three community-based organisations are joining forces in a new push to promote and develop woodland crofts. The Community Woodlands Association, the Scottish Crofting Federation and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust plan a number of measures over the coming months.

These include the establishment of a Woodland Crofts Register of Interest, being launched today, which will be used to match up those who wish to obtain a woodland croft with those who have them to offer – or plan to develop them. The expectation is that the evidence provided by the register will help stimulate the creation of new woodland crofts.

Later in the autumn a dedicated website for woodland crofts will be launched, at www.woodlandcrofts.org, which will cover not just the legalities and practicalities of woodland crofts but also the philosophy – why small-scale, holistic management of woodland under crofting tenure can be an answer to many of the pressing rural problems of the 21st century.

Alongside this a programme of three knowledge-share events will be held, each hosted by one of the project partners and highlighting a particular woodland crofts theme, though providing general information too. These will take place in Tighnabruaich on 25 October, Gairloch on 22 November, and Dornoch on 12 December. Booking details for these will be publicised nearer the time.

A registration form for the Woodland Crofts Register of Interest is available for download and can be returned by those wishing to be included in the register by e-mail to info@woodlandcrofts.org (Word versions), or by post to the HSCHT office in Inverness (paper copies). HSCHT is hosting the Register of Interest on behalf of the partnership.

Attached File: Woodland crofts registration of interest.doc
 
 The Mersey Forest - Urban Forestry Project Assistant
Added: 10 Sep 2012

£22,221 p.a.
One year contract, full-time (starting October 2012)
The Mersey Forest Offices, Warrington (WA3 6QX)
Closing date: Wednesday 12th September 2012, noon. Provisional Date of Interviews: Thursday 27th September 2012



Are you an experienced urban forester champing at the bit to further your career?


The Mersey Forest creates new woodlands and helps people reconnect with nature across Merseyside and North Cheshire. So far our partnership has planted almost 9 million trees. Their work ranges from collaborating with deprived communities to plant new street trees, to helping schools to create their own mini-woodlands and use them as outdoor classrooms.




For more information visit our jobs page via the link link below


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
’The best conference yet’’The best conference yet’
Added: 06 Sep 2012
CWA would like to offer a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the planning, organisation and running of the CWA conference in Newtown St Boswells on the 1st and 2nd September 2012. With particular thanks to the guys at Wooplaw Woods for putting on such a fantastic site visit, and for allowing us to share their celebrations.

Most of all, a big thank you to everyone who made the journey to come and join us, we hope you found it worthwhile and we look forward to doing it all over again next year!

(Photos / videos / presentations to follow in the coming weeks
 
CWA - Enterprising Woods Highland Development Officer PostCWA - Enterprising Woods Highland Development Officer Post
Added: 20 Jul 2012
Part time post (2 days/week) to December 2013 Salary £30,000 pa. pro rata
Location: Highlands, Home working

We are seeking a Development Officer to support community woodlands to develop as social enterprises, focusing on 3 core themes: working with people with poor mental health, seeking opportunities to add value through wood products, and establishing food production. The Officer’s remit will include developing business plans, identifying potential funding sources and income opportunities and facilitating training programmes.

Closing date Friday 10th August. Interviews will take place on 17th August.

This post is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Highland LEADER 2007-2013 Programme.

Attached File: CWA EWH Job Description and Application Form 2012.doc
 
CWA Conference 2012 – To Celebrate 25 Years of Community Woodlands in ScotlandCWA Conference 2012 – To Celebrate 25 Years of Community Woodlands in Scotland
Added: 11 Jul 2012

In 1987 Wooplaw Community Woodland became the first community woodland buyout in Scotland, leading the way in the formation of a national movement that now boasts over 200 community woodlands in Scotland. The movement could not have begun without the ambition of its early founders (and of course the trees) but the growth of our movement has been largely down to the commitment, passion and enthusiasm of the individuals and communities throughout Scotland who are driving their woodlands to success.

On the 1st and 2nd of September CWA will celebrate these people, their places, their progress and their passion during our national conference. The conference will be held alongside the planned celebrations in Wooplaw Woods, working with the Wooplaw Wardens to deliver an inspirational, informative and fun weekend worthy of celebration.

The CWA Conference will be held at Tweed Horizons Centre, Newtown St. Boswells TD6 0SG and the Dinner/Ceilidh will be at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells, Melrose TD6 0EW.
Conference fees:
CWA Full & Umbrella Member groups: 2 free places
Basic Member groups: 1 free place
All others: £50 per delegate

To book, complete the attached booking form and appropriate fee and send to: Caroline Derbyshire, CWA Administrator, Steading Cottage, Craigfield Farm, Kintessack, Forres, Moray IV36 2SP or use our online service.


Website: http://http://www.communitywoods.org/cwe-trainingcourses.php?from=cwa
Attached File: CWA conference 2012 documents.doc
 
Aigas Community Forest seeks Development WorkerAigas Community Forest seeks Development Worker
Added: 22 Jun 2012
Aigas Community Forest (ACF) is seeking a self employed worker to help bring about the community purchase or lease of Aigas Forest from Forestry Commission Scotland, through the National Forest Land Scheme.

While ACF have made considerable progress over the last 3 years we have a limited timescale in which to realise our ambitions. We therefore need assistance with a wide range of activities, particularly but not exclusively: securing funding for the purchase through applications to the Scottish Land Fund, HIE and others; negotiation of loan/grant arrangements with Social Investment Scotland and/or others; negotiations with potential woodland management companies or timber industries regarding future purchase of standing timber and ongoing dialogue with FCS regarding the process for establishing a lease value.

The contract is for an eight-month period from August 2012 and is part time in nature, although it should be recognised that at key points in the process it may take up full time equivalent hours. The position would suit a self-employed individual working from a home office environment. The successful applicant will be responsible for their own Tax and National Insurance returns. The remuneration for this contract is £10,000 and payment will be made in instalments, to be agreed on appointment.

Funding for this post will be provided by HIE, the FCS Community Seedcorn Fund and The Highland Council.

Closing date 13 July 2012. For a full copy of the brief and information on how to apply go to http://www.aigasforest.org.uk/library.asp
 
 Evanton Wood Community Company - Education and Outreach Coordinator Post
Added: 23 May 2012

Evanton Wood Community Company has a vacancy for an Education and Outreach Coordinator.On a self-employed basis (20 hrs. 44 weeks pa @ £12.50ph). For more details visit the link below to our job page or call Adrian on 01349 830517 or email adrian.clark444@btinternet.com


Closing date 15 June (5pm)


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
CWA Awards 2012 - nominations now openCWA Awards 2012 - nominations now open
Added: 22 May 2012

CWA are pleased to announce that nominations for our 2nd annual awards are now open, with prizes available in 4 different categories.




To enter: just download and complete the short nomination form below and state in no more than 200 words why you think your project (or somebody else’s!) would make a worthy winner. You can nominate as many projects and categories as you want.




Please return your nominations by the 17th August 2012, to admin@communitywoods.org




Winners will be informed the w/c 20th August and prizes will be awarded to group representatives during the CWA conference (1st and 2nd September).

Awards will be made in the following categories:




Best Environmental Project 2012
This category is for projects that contribute to the protection, enhancement or promotion of Scotland’s natural environment: this could include projects which, for example, seek to restore native woodlands, carry out habitat improvements within other forest types, benefit Scotland’s biodiversity or contribute to climate change mitigation.




Best Education and Training Project 2012
This category is for projects that actively encourage education and training in Community Woods, for example: working with schools, delivering forest kindergarten or forest schools, setting up return to work initiatives, activity days, adult education and/or rehabilitation.




Best Arts, Culture and Heritage Project 2012
This category is for projects that develop Arts, Culture and Heritage in Community Woods: this includes the encouragement and inclusion of performing and visual arts, the involvement and celebration of local rituals, oral and written tradition, folklore and other festive events, the conservation, interpretation and/or restoration of heritage features with community woodlands and the continuing development of traditional craftsmanship.




Best Employment and Business Project 2012
This category is for projects that develop new business ideas and/or employment opportunities: these could be hosted in and/or managed by the Community Woodland group, or based outside but using resources from the woodland, for example, providing new jobs through the Community Jobs Fund, creating a wood fuel social enterprise, selling wood products.


Attached File: CWA Awards 2012 nomination form.doc
 
Woodland Living and Working Seminar - POSTPONEDWoodland Living and Working Seminar - POSTPONED
Added: 22 May 2012
A one-day seminar exploring alternative models of woodland living and working, with particular focus on how they can contribute to the objectives of community landowners and help deliver sustainable forest management

The seminar is for current and potential community land-owners wanting to investigate the possibilities of crofts, huts, woodlots or other small-holding systems, individuals interested in working with community woodlands to realise such projects, and all those in national and local government who work to support the sector.

NB This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled later in the year
Attached File: Woodland living and working seminar.pdf
 
 Ullapool Community Trust Ltd -Lochbroom Woodfuels Business Implementation Manager
Added: 14 May 2012
UCT are looking to recruit an energetic and self motivated individual to develop, promote and grow the business. Duties will include, developing a customer base, securing timber supply contracts and rental agreements for the processor and managing the businesses finances.

Part Time (16 hours per week, flexible)
Salary: £23 000 pro rata (1 year contract)Depending on funding post may continue past June 2013. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION - 12 Noon Monday the 28th of May.
For more information follow the link to Jobs page.
Website: http://http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
 Boat of Garten - Woodlands Ranger
Added: 22 Apr 2012

Boat of Garten Community Council has organised a Caper Watch with RSBP and is now looking for a part-time, seasonal ranger, with funding to support this initiative coming from Cairngorms National Park Authority(CNPA). For more information follow the link below to our jobs page.


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
 Central Scotland Forest - Annual Report and Forest Review
Added: 18 Apr 2012
This report documents the progress of the Central Scotland Forest and the Central Scotland Forest Trust (as a delivery body) between October 2010 to September 2011. It includes a review of the Trust’s physical projects such as tree planting and access improvements. It also highlights some of our social projects, undertaken over the year, including link-up work with schools and community groups as well as strategic activities which has seen Trust staff engage with a diverse variety of partner agencies across the central belt. In addition, the report includes a summary of key research revealing characteristics of our Forest users.
Website: http://www.csft.org.uk/latest/163-annualreport1011
 
 West Highland College UHI – Project Manager, Fort William
Added: 02 Apr 2012
An exciting opportunity has become available to manage a Highland LEADER-funded project on developing forest skills, as part of a trans-national project with partners in Italy.


A part-time position (3 days per week) is offered on an employed basis until 30th September 2013, with starting salary of £30,000 per annum pro rata.

For more information go to our webpage below.


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
Borders Forest Trust - Director Borders Forest Trust - Director
Added: 13 Mar 2012

Borders Forest Trust, a conservation charity in the South of Scotland, which works with local communities to restore native woodland, is seeking a new Director to start as soon as possible.

The post requires vision, a commitment to the natural environment, strong strategic acumen and the ability to network and influence at all levels. A demonstrable track record in fundraising, financial management, team leadership and development are required. Salary negotiable and dependent on experience.

Job Description available by downloading the document below, or online from www.bordersforesttrust.org or phone 01835 830750.

Apply with CV and covering letter by 30th March to: johnf_hunt@yahoo.co.uk

Interviews will be on 24th/25th April


Attached File: BFT Director JD 050312.pdf
 
 Plantlife Scotland – Events Officer
Added: 27 Feb 2012
Part time post (3 days a week), fixed term contract for 2 years.
Up to £19,110 p.a. pro rata plus optional contributory pension.


Plantlife Scotland, the wild plant conservation charity, seeks an enthusiastic and motivated individual to help deliver a 2 year project entitled ’Wild and Wonderful: A Celebration of Scotland’s Wild Plants and Fungi’, mostly in Scotland’s central belt.
For more information visit the web link below.

The closing date for the application is Friday 23rd March. Interviews will be held in Stirling on Friday 30th March.


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
 Bute Forest Ltd - Forester and a Forestry Assistant for Bute Community Forest
Added: 27 Feb 2012

This exciting project developing of the UK’s largest community owned forests for the enjoyment of local and international visitors. There is extensive scope for development and progression.

Both posts are fixed term contracts for 1 year initially with the exception that these posts will be made permanent.
Closing date 16th March

For more information follow the link to our jobs page:


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
Attached File: Bute Forest Ltd.doc
 
CWA welcomes new Scottish Land FundCWA welcomes new Scottish Land Fund
Added: 24 Feb 2012
The Community Woodlands Association is delighted to welcome the announcement of a £6million land fund to enable more rural communities to buy their land.

The original Scottish Land Fund, which operated from 2001-6, played a key role in supporting a number of community woodland acquisitions all across Scotland; we have been making the case for a new fund for several years now and we are pleased that persistence has been rewarded.

The new Scottish Land Fund, to be delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the BIG Lottery fund, will make available £6 million over the next three financial years - 2012/13 to 2014/15.

Further details on the scheme will be available in due course but it is expected that the fund will open to applications in summer 2012.
Website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/02/landfund20022012
 
 Community Enterprise - Social Enterprise Development Officer(Maternity Cover)
Added: 09 Feb 2012
Salary : circa £27,000 depending on skills and experience
Benefits : 7.2% pension contribution
Location : West Lothian, with travel throughout Scotland
Status : Full Time (37.5 hours).
The post is also open to applicants who wish to job share though we would prefer to recruit a full time post. The post is currently from April 2012 to Dec 2012, with the possibility of extension beyond that.
Closing Date : 27th February 2012

Interview planned for 9th March. For more details go to our webpage below.


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
 Scottish Wildlife Trust - Tree Nursery Manager – Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape (CALL)
Added: 09 Feb 2012

CALL has successfully raised funds to establish and run a new native tree nursery near Lochinver in Assynt, Sutherland. Your job will be to oversee the nursery construction from scratch, get seedling production underway and start to produce a supply of trees for habitat restoration schemes in the CALL area. This will be done with the support of the CALL partners and the wider local community. The successful applicant will be employed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, one of the CALL partners, on behalf of the partnership.
Closing date 24th February. Interviews 7th March. For more details go to our webpage below.


Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
 Online consultation on CAP Reform
Added: 04 Feb 2012
The Scottish Government has launched an online consultation to gather views on the European Commission’s proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The consultation covers a wide range of issues and you can complete as much of the consultation as is relevant to you. Paper copies of the consultation are also available.

A second, more detailed, consultation on how the future CAP should be implemented in Scotland will be held further into the reform process.

The consultation is in three sections and can be found here http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/01/7299/4
 
£142k  Enterprise Growth Fund for Laggan Forest Trust£142k Enterprise Growth Fund for Laggan Forest Trust
Added: 01 Feb 2012
Laggan Forest Trust (LFT) has been awarded £142,000 from the Scottish Government Enterprise Growth Fund. LFT will use the fund to support 3 new enterprises which will create jobs locally. These include a woodfuel enterprise, a trail building business and a campsite. The fund will also allow LFT to support to an existing enterprise in Laggan, which aims to improve Broadband provision in the area.
Website: http://www.lagganforest.com
 
 Scottish Community Alliance - Community Advisor Post
Added: 27 Jan 2012
Salary: £29,259 - £31,761
Job Type: Full time
Closing date: 10 February 2012
Location: across Scotland


The Alliance will soon begin work with the newly established JESSICA (Scotland) Trust in the design and delivery of a programme of investment into some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities. Their aim is to build local resilience by investing in community led regeneration. The Community Advisor will work alongside local anchor organisations in the development of sustainable investment proposals. For more details visit the CWA jobs page below.
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org/about-jobs.php
 
CWA 2012 Training Events CWA 2012 Training Events
Added: 19 Jan 2012
The first CWA training events of 2012 have been announced:

* Fertile Soils – Healthy Communities 11th Feb
+ Marketing Your Social Enterprise 23-24th Feb
* Greenwood Working & Tools – Shave Horse 3-4th Mar
+ Partnership for Enterprise 15-16th Mar

For more information or to book any of these courses please visit the “event booking” section of this website.

* These events are part of the CWA Knowledge and Skill Development Training Programme, funded by the Scottish Government Skills Development Scheme and the Robertson Trust

+ These events are part of the CWA Employability Services project, funded by Highland LEADER and the Highland Council.
 
 Community Renewables on the National Forest Estate
Added: 19 Dec 2011
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) has released details of the areas of the National Forest Estate that are available for community-led hydro developments. Communities now have an opportunity to develop proposals for renewable energy projects through the FCS’ National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS).

The available areas are detailed in maps accessed through a “map viewer” on the FCS website - link to viewer from: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/communitiesandrenewables . That site has other information and guidance on the process for groups to select sites, undertake initial feasibility work and develop a NFLS application. It also identifies sources of support and advice including ourselves and other third-sector partners e.g. Community Energy Scotland, DTAS and SCVO.

Community groups now have until 30 June 2012 to submit an Expression of Interest Form (download it from FCS website). A similar process is planned for community-led wind energy projects and due to start around the end of January 2012 - keep checking the weblink.
Website: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/communitiesandrenewables
 
 Community Seedcorn Fund Announcement
Added: 14 Nov 2011
The Scottish Government has signalled its continuing support for community based woodland projects with another £250,000 cash boost towards next year’s Community Seedcorn Fund. The popular Fund is run by Forestry Commission Scotland and gives small grants to groups and organisations to encourage small scale woodland projects that benefit communities. Speaking at the Community Woodlands Association annual conference in Boat of Garten, Environment & Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson said:

“The Scottish Government is firmly committed to genuine community engagement, both directly and through organisations like the Community Woodlands Association (CWA). The CWA has nearly doubled in size since its formation in 2003 to become an important stakeholder for government and it has delivered some excellent work on the ground for communities. Helping communities kick-start their local projects is a key theme of the Commission’s Community Seedcorn Fund. The fund is already giving financial support for volunteering, skills development and community health promotion schemes. The programme has proved to be so popular that I am matching this year’s budget and allocating another £250,000 for next year.”

The Minister’s announcement was warmly welcomed by the CWA. The Fund has proved very popular this year: it has been invaluable in supporting a wide range of community woodland projects in both urban and rural Scotland, and its straightforward application and rapid decision processes are highly appreciated. We anticipate that eligibility requirements and application processes for next year’s fund will be similar to this year, and we will be circulating application forms and guidance notes to all our members as soon as they are available.
 
 CWA AGM Book 2011
Added: 08 Nov 2011

The 9th Annual General Meeting of the Community Woodlands Association will be held at 2.15pm on Sunday 13th November 2011 at Boat of Garten Community Hall, Reidhaven Park, Craigie Avenue, Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire PH24 3BL


Attached File: CWA AGM book 2011.pdf
 
 Ardentinny Project Officer post
Added: 17 Oct 2011
Ardentinny Community Trust Ltd requires a self-employed Project Officer. For more details click here or visit the web link below:

Website: http://ardentinny.org/category/trust_walled_garden/
 
 Milton CWT Administrator/Secretary post
Added: 05 Oct 2011

Milton Community Woodland Trust require a self-employed Administrator/Secretary. Tenders/Offers are invited for the above post for Milton Community Woodland Trust.


• 6 hours per week by arrangement
• Project funded until December 2012
• Closing date for tenders: 5.00pm 20th October

For full details please email mcwtproject@tiscali.co.uk.
 
CWA Annual AwardsCWA Annual Awards
Added: 27 Sep 2011
To celebrate the hard work, determination, innovation and enthusiasm of Scotland’s community woodland groups, CWA are launching our first annual awards, with prizes in 4 different categories: Best Environmental Project; Best Education and Training Project; Best Arts, Culture and Heritage Project and Best Employment and Business Project.

You can nominate your group or any other CWA member group online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SD9N5B8 or by downloading a nomination form from the CWA website and sending it to admin@communitywoods.org. To complete the form tell us in no more than 200 words why you think your project (or somebody else’s!) would make a worthy winner. You can nominate as many projects and categories as you want.

Closing date for nominations is Monday 31st October. Judging will be by a specially convened panel of CWA Staff & Directors, and the winners will be presented with their award at the Community Woodlands Association conference in Boat of Garten (12th/13th November).

Attached File: View / Download
 
 Ardentinny NFLS Funding Success
Added: 25 Sep 2011
Congratulations to CWA Members Ardentinnny Community Trust Ltd, who have announced that they have received funding from the Big Lotttery’s Awards for All (£8,000) and Highlands & Islands Enterprise (£2,000) to secure the community acquisition of the Glenfinart Walled Garden under the National Forest Land Scheme. The Trust has also raised £6,500 from local fundraising and donations, and has long term plans to restore the Grade 2B listed wall.
More immediately, it is hoped to establish a working garden producing affordable, organic fruit and vegetables alongside a more formal leisure garden, while creating opportunities for employment and training. The garden aims to be eco-friendly and to embrace all ages and abilities, with specifically designed education programmes and activities.

Website: http://www.facebook.com/GlenfinartGarden
 
 Falkland Forester & Ranger Vacancies
Added: 15 Sep 2011

Woodland Ranger, Falkland Centre for Stewardship
Salary - £18114-£20142.
Full time post (2 year contract)

An exciting opportunity to join a small team based on Falkland Estate delivering a varied programme promoting woodland culture and sustainable forest management. You’ll be keen to support the engagement of individuals, school and community groups in learning about and caring for the Forest of Falkland, using your good communication and practical skills. You’ll enjoy managing volunteers and leading a wildlife recording programme. You’ll also be able to work independently and manage your own time, including evening and weekend work when required. A clean driving licence and full Disclosure will be required. For a full job description, please see our website, http://www.centreforstewardship.org.uk/aboutus.htm

This post is supported by Forestry for People Challenge Funds

Forester
Salary - around £22,000
Full time permanent post

An unusual and exciting opportunity for a Working Forester to play a central role in creating a centre of good practice in forest stewardship and woodland culture on Falkland Estate. We are seeking an innovative, creative, honest, flexible, committed, positive and resilient individual, a self-motivated team player eager to develop the role and the Forest of Falkland. You will be joining a busy team delivering a varied programme of work, including training, learning and volunteering, developing social enterprise and income-generating business. A clean driving licence and full Disclosure will be required. For a full job description, please see our website, http://www.centreforstewardship.org.uk/aboutus.htm
Landscape and Forestry Ranger Assistants
Community Jobs Scotland vacancies
30 hours per week, 6 months

Falkland Centre for Stewardship has vacancies for a number of Landscape and Forestry Ranger Assistants. This is an exciting opportunity to work on a range of activities in the forest and landscape. Duties will include: woodland management, forestry enterprise, path maintenance, protection of biodiversity, working with wood to create small structures, dealing with visitors to the Estate. Employment is for 6 months, 30 hours per week (agreed set dates) and at the minimum wage. Training in woodland and forestry techniques will be provided. These posts are Community Jobs Scotland vacancies and you must contact your local JobCentre Plus Personal Advisor to check availability. ( http://www.thejobcentreplus.info/)

 
 Assynt Foundation lauches crowdfunding campaign
Added: 05 Sep 2011

The Assynt Foundation is one of a number of projects signed up to take part in new online approach to fundraising used by President Obama’s campaign team in the United States. Crowdfunding connects communities online by allowing projects or causes the chance to appeal directly to the public – or crowd – for funds for a specific campaign.
Borders based project SoLoCo, which launches today (Sept 5), is the first ever dedicated crowdfunding website for the Third Sector – and its founders want it to revolutionise how communities and charities are funded in this country. The Assynt Foundation has launched a crowdfunding campaign to renovate the Glencanisp Gardens to create local enterprise, grow fresh produce, involve more local people and improve access to the estate. They are looking to raise £25,000 to renovate the dilapidated walled garden and bring it back to productive use.
To view The Assynt Foundation’s SoLoCo profile and make a donation visit


Website: http://soloco.co.uk/project-details/the-walled-garden-project.html
 
 Invitation To Tender - Broadford and Strath Community Company (BSCC)
Added: 05 Sep 2011

Broadford and Strath Community Company (BSCC) is seeking tenders from suitably qualified contractors for the following work for the proposed community woodland:
• Detailed Topographical Survey Report
• Civil Engineers Site Condition Appraisal & Report
Full information is available on the website: www.broadfordandstrath.org. Closing date for tenders is 9th September 2011

Support for this work is provided by the Community Development Support Scheme funded by the Highland Council through the Ward Discretionary Budget and the Highland LEADER programme 2007-13.

 
 The Bute Community Land Company – Forest Manager Position
Added: 24 Aug 2011

BCLC require a Forest Manager whose wide ranging duties will include:
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The completion of a 5 year business plan and other documents.
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Liaising with and servicing the Board of BFL (Bute Forest Limited) and BCLC and enabling the Strategic Aims set out by the Board on behalf of the Membership.
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Liaising with consultants currently in place and writing: A Forest Plan, Masterplan and Small Hydro design.
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Researching and sourcing funding and servicing existing funding agreements.
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Playing a key role in ensuring close contact with the Membership and the wider community.
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Managing the day to day business of BFL and its operations.

The current post will run until October, 2012 at a salary of £30,000 per annum. Thereafter the Board intend to extend the post, should further funding be available. Previous experience in one or more of the following would be advantageous: Project management, fund raising and grant application, forestry, community projects, tourism and leisure.

Please apply, saying why you can do this job, with a full CV to:
The Board, (FM Post)
Brandish Bute, 18 East Princes Street, Rothesay, PA209DL
Closing date for applications is close of business, September 9th 2011


 
Knowledge Share Training Programme LaunchedKnowledge Share Training Programme Launched
Added: 22 Jul 2011
The first 7 events in the Knowledge Share training programme have been announced:

Cordwood Wall Construction training (x2)
Train the Trainer 2011
Explore Woodland Heritage
Woodland Product Development
Tree Survey & Identification
Introduction to Charcoal Burning

For more information, or to book any of these courses, please visit the ’Training Courses’ section of this website.

These events are part of the CWA Knowledge and Skill Development Training Programme, funded by the Scottish Government Skills Development Scheme and the Robertson Trust
 
Community purchase of Stronafian forest approvedCommunity purchase of Stronafian forest approved
Added: 21 Jun 2011
Congratulations to the Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust, whose application to purchase the 600ha of Stronafian Forest in south west Cowal through the National Forestry Land Scheme has been approved by Forestry Commission Scotland

The £1.55m price tag is a tall order for the small community but ownership of the land is seen as the catalyst in reversing the area’s economic and social decline. Plans for developing the forest include leasing small parcels of land at sustainable rents to allow small, low-impact silviculture operations to be encouraged, alongside other entrepreneurial pursuits suited to a woodland situation and developing community.

Proximity to the school offers opportunities to develop an outdoor classroom or forest school, a development of the existing curriculum which is proving increasingly popular elsewhere as an educational resource. Indeed areas of the forest, particularly those close to the Clachan of Glendaruel, are rich in archaeological remains, natural history and landscape heritage which will add to the significant amenity resource that the woodland represents.
Website: http://cgdt.org/
 
Sleat CT acquire TormoreSleat CT acquire Tormore
Added: 10 Jun 2011
Congratulations to Sleat Community Trust on completing the acquisition of the 440ha Tormore plantation (south Skye) from Forestry Commission Scotland.
Website: http://www.sleatcommunitytrust.co.uk/
 
Helmsdale Charcoal & Coppice - Accredited woodsman’s course 6-10 JuneHelmsdale Charcoal & Coppice - Accredited woodsman’s course 6-10 June
Added: 02 Jun 2011
The second accredited woodsman’s course will take place in Helmsdale from 6th-10th June. The content will mirror the first course (coppice management, charcoal making and greenwood skills) but will also cover aspects of timber framing. Accommodation can be arranged and there are still some places left on the course. For more information please contact Mike Ellis, Helmsdale Charcoal & Coppice mike.ellis@dsl.pipex.com or tel: 01431 821855
 
CWA Conference & Ceilidh 2011  - 12th & 13th NovemberCWA Conference & Ceilidh 2011 - 12th & 13th November
Added: 27 May 2011

The CWA Conference 2011 will be held at Boat of Garten Community Hall, Boat of Garten, near Aviemore (evening meal and ceilidh at the Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore). This is the annual gathering of CWA members, staff and Directors, celebrating the achievements of community woodland groups throughout Scotland. The conference will feature a mix of inspirational speakers, workshops and site visits, and will provide opportunities for knowledge share and networking. Site visits will include Laggan Forest Trust, the Highland Aspen Group’s nursery and seed orchard and Anagach Woods. The file below contains the booking form, draft schedule, details of site visits and a list of accommodation. For more information contact Caroline at admin@communitywoods.org.


Attached File: CWA conference 2011 documents.pdf
 
CWA are exhibitors at this year’s S2S event CWA are exhibitors at this year’s S2S event
Added: 08 Apr 2011
The S2S Social Enterprise Fair is now firmly established in the Scottish business calendar as the social to social business event to attend.
Website: http://www.s2sfair.com
 
CWA launch new web siteCWA launch new web site
Added: 29 Mar 2011
The new CWA website is launched and will offer more up to date information for members while also aimed to improve membership numbers.
Website: http://www.communitywoods.org
 
CWA Knowledge Share programmeCWA Knowledge Share programme
Added: 28 Mar 2011
The CWA Knowledge Share Programme 1 concluded with 26 events organised. The results demonstrated a very high satisfaction rating and we think the programme a great success. We are now seeking funding for Knowledge Share Programme 2.
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Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2011Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2011
Added: 28 Mar 2011
Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2011 - The Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are held every year to celebrate all that is best in the management of our woods and forests and to showcase how they contribute to the wealth and wellbeing of Scotland’s people. With 2011 designated as International Year of Forests, this year’s Awards include a special Community Woodlands competition to promote the Central Scotland Green Network and a brand new competition for New Native Woods anywhere in Scotland.
Website: http://www.sfwa.co.uk
 
Falkland Centre for Stewardship - Project Coordinator (Woodland Centre)Falkland Centre for Stewardship - Project Coordinator (Woodland Centre)
Added: 12 Nov 2015
Salary: £24,000 pro rata per annum

Location: Falkland Estate, Fife

Terms: 18 month fixed term contract, 3 days per week
Purpose of the post: To actively promote and engage people, particularly young people, in the creation and development of a hub of woodland learning and enterprise on Falkland Estate.

For more details follow the link below:
 
North West Mull Community Woodland Co. Ltd - Development ManagerNorth West Mull Community Woodland Co. Ltd - Development Manager
Added: 04 Mar 2015










 
CSGN Development Fund - Success for Stirling and Clacks!CSGN Development Fund - Success for Stirling and Clacks!
Added: 26 Jul 2011
Stirling and Clackmananshire Council have been successful in their application to the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund for a "Working Woodlands" project. it is hoped that the funding will enable the production of a Woodland Framework for Clacks and Stirling Council areas within CSGN.

It is anticipated that the framework will identify opportunities for the use of woodlands, in Council and in private ownership, for:
- increased carbon capture and fuel production for climate change mitigation
- training in green skills and the establishment of a social enterprise
- the provision of learning, training and volunteering
- the enhancement of woodland habitats for biodiversity and recreation
- strengthened connectivity of habitats and implementation of IHN objectives
- the potential for greater community ownership and management
- the establishment of a base for training and social enterprise in the study area

CWA are named partners in this application and look forward to taking the project forward. Well done to all involved.
 

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