Community Affairs

Woodland Group

Kippen Woodland Group

Thanks to those who stopped at our Street Fayre stall to find out more about what we do and to guess the number of tadpoles put into the tub.  It became apparent over the course of the day that there was an ever-decreasing number of tadpoles due to cannibalistic behaviour. Well done to the Fore Road resident whose guess of 63 tadpoles was closest to the number of 64 put into the tub.

A small number of trusty volunteers have been keeping the paths clear and boardwalks maintained over the past months.  It has been encouraging to see that limited litter is accumulating up at the “Fort” so thanks to those who headed our plea last year and continue to take their empties away with them.  Many thanks also go to those who have carried out additional tasks in between work days.  In particular, Gavin Cross for clearing a tree overhanging the Black Brae path, Wallis Weir for clearing a tree over the pond boardwalk, Donald Smith for treating Japanese Knotweed and Les Watson for cutting back vegetation along the sides of the paths.

We continue to work in Burnside Wood on the first Sunday morning of each month, with the remaining dates for 2019 being Sunday 6th October, 3rd November and 1st December.  Everyone is welcome to join us; just wear something that you don’t mind getting muddy and head down to the football pitch for 10.00 am.  Gloves and tools are provided as well as tea/coffee and biscuits during our late-morning break.

The Annual General Meeting of the Group will be held on Thursday 7th November at 8:00 pm in the Cross Keys.  All are welcome to attend, to contribute ideas or just to find out more about what we do.  Donald Smith is definitely standing down as Chair and we need to attract another office bearer.  The duties are not onerous as we only meet for a couple of hours every quarter, no particular skills are required and there is little to do in between times apart from participating in the occasional work morning.  We have plans, money in the bank and lots of tools to make use of.  With a new office bearer we can build on what we have and secure the future of the Group.

If anyone is interested in finding out more, please speak to Karen Dekker or myself or contact us via email ( or Facebook.

Paula Watson

Secretary, Kippen Community Woodland Group