|CWA Conference dates announced!|
|Added: 16 Apr 2013|
Date for your diary!
CWA 10 Year Anniversary Conference
24th & 25th August 2013
This year our annual conference will be taking place at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye. The event will celebrate 10 years of the Community Woodlands Association - with a fantastic party / ceilidh on the Saturday evening. Further information on the event programme and how you can book will be available in the coming weeks.
|CWA 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 email@example.com 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
| ||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. |
| ||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.
|Afforestations 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.
| ||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
|Bute 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 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.
|CWA 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 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.
|Woodland 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.
Places are available on a first come first served basis.
Please complete a booking form and return it to Rosslyn Mills at email@example.com / 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.
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.
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 |
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01700 811159.
Application deadline is 5.30pm Monday 17th December 2012
|Forester 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 email@example.com for more details
Please see link below for more information on KFT
| ||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.
|FCS 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
|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
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 – email@example.com
|New 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 firstname.lastname@example.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|
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
|’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 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 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.
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.
Attached File: CWA conference 2012 documents.doc
|Aigas 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 email@example.com
Closing date 15 June (5pm)
|CWA 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 - 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.
| ||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.
| ||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.|
| ||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.
|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: email@example.com
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.
| ||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:
Attached File: Bute Forest Ltd.doc
|CWA 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.
| ||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.
| ||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.
| ||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|
|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.|
| ||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.
|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.
| ||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:|
| ||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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|CWA 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 email@example.com. 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.
| ||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
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
| ||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:
· The completion of a 5 year business plan and other documents.
· 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.
· Liaising with consultants currently in place and writing: A Forest Plan, Masterplan and Small Hydro design.
· Researching and sourcing funding and servicing existing funding agreements.
· Playing a key role in ensuring close contact with the Membership and the wider community.
· 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 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 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.
|Sleat 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.|
|Helmsdale 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01431 821855|
|CWA 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 email@example.com.
Attached File: CWA conference 2011 documents.pdf
|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.|
|CWA 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.|
|CWA 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.|
|Scotland’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.|
|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.