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Annual General Meeting 2015

The Maryculter Woodlands Trust Annual General Meeting will take place on the 25th of November 2015 at the Scout Hut in the Kirkton of Maryculter

Agenda

  1. Introduction
  2. Minutes of last meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Chairman's Report of MWT Activities
  5. Accounts
  6. Election of Directors
  7. Any Other Business
  8. Any motions that will require a vote at the AGM by ordinary members should be sent to the MWT secretary hklep@hotmail.co.uk no later than 11th November. Such motions could be related to any proposed changes to the constitution or purposes of the MWT. All such motions will be addressed under AOB. Matters which do not require a vote (such as general questions) can be raised on the night, also under AOB.

    We would also ask that if anyone wishes to stand as a Director then they should register their interest with the MWT secretary, also by 11th November.

    We have secured all required funds to purchase the wood

    On the 20th of August the board of the Scottish Land Fund met to decide which community purchase projects to support. We are delighted to announce that our application was successful and the board have agreed to fund 80% (196,000) of the purchase price of the wood.

    The ability and commitment of the community to raise funds was vital to the success of our application. We have received donations from 5 to 5000 and have now built a reserve of funds sufficient to meet the remaining 20% of the purchase price. Donations came from many local people, Aberdeenshire Council, The North Kincardine Rural Community Council, KECL, Nexen Petroleum UK, Apache North Sea Limited, DC Technology and Talisman Sinopec.

    The process to transfer ownership of the wood to the community will now begin and we hope for completion before the end of the year. We can now look forward to starting the exciting work of transforming a neglected parcel of commercial forestry plantation into a community asset that will benefit the people of the Maryculter area in perpetuity.

    The improvements the community wish to make for the wood mean that our fund raising activities will continue. Please look out for future events and announcements on funded projects.

    The dates for the next AGM will soon be announced and we encourage all trust members and local people to attend and help us plan the future of the wood.

    Here is the link to our donations page. Please remember to use the gift aid declaration

    Squirrel Watch

    We have recently found chewed cones of Norway and Sitka spruce from across the entire area of the wood - previously, we have only seen eaten cones on the eastern (Kingcausie) side of the Crynoch Burn. We do not know if the nibblers were red or grey squirrels - but we suspect it is red squirrels displaced from Kingcausie by the tree-felling for the AWPR. One thing the community could do that would be a HUGE help would be to report all sightings of red or grey squirrels to Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels at scottishsquirrels.org.uk.

    Purpose of the Trust

    • To advance environmental protection including preservation, sustainable development, native habitat restoration and conservation of the natural environment in the community woodlands in the Parish of Maryculter, Aberdeenshire (“the Maryculter woodlands”) for the benefit of the community and the public in general.

    • To manage community land and associated assets in a sustainable manner for the benefit of the Community and the public in general. Such management will follow the principles of sustainable development (where sustainable development means development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs).

    • To advance the education of the wider Community (including those attending local schools, universities, local clubs and organisations) about the natural history, environment, archaeological and cultural heritage of the Maryculter woodlands. Such purpose could be met by activities including, but not limited to, arranging and conducting research, preparation and organisation of lectures, exhibitions, seminars and guided tours.

    • To promote, develop and manage projects and initiatives for recreation and leisure in the Maryculter woodlands with the object of improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants of the Community.


    Please view our Documents area for more information

Donating

  • If you would like to donate a smaller amount we would like to invite you use our JustGiving site

Partners

  • Kincardineshire Forest School are currently using the Wood to hold Nature Kindergarten sessions. Dawn (an experienced early years teacher), and Grace (a storyteller and musician), are passionate about getting people outside and helping children learn and develop in a natural, nurturing environment. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 are welcome to join us on Wednesday mornings for play and adventures. Parents and siblings are welcome to stay but can feel free to leave one their child is settled with us. You can also find us on Facebook - Kincardineshire Forest School.