Butterybank Community Woodland was officially opened on the 5th December 2015 and a year on, it might not look like much has happened. However in a year that has seen the site visited by flood watchers, picnic-ers and many dog walkers there has been a lot more going on!
The once empty field is now home to more than 400 trees and 230 shrubs planted by volunteers over 3 sessions including children from Coupar Angus primary. The trees planted are a mix of native broad leave, firs and fruit trees and all have been donated to the site. Donations have been received from national organisations such as the Woodland Trust and the Tree Council but trees have also been donated from local organisation The Dundee Lions and by individual local community members, which in one case was to plant a tree in memory of a family member.
The area not planted has been mowed three times this past year and thanks are extended to Grewar Farming for their continued support.
Funding for the continued development and maintenance of the site has also been successful. £4250 has been secured in the last 12 months with thanks extended to the Ninevah Charitable foundation, Perth & Kinross Council and the Lang foundation. It is proposed that these funds be used for an information panel and bench near the cairn and for the future maintenance of the site.
The past year has also seen gates and fencing improved with countryside access code signs donated to the site by PKC. A bench that takes in the wonderful views of the River Isla and beyond was made and installed by the Make a Difference Team and a time capsule has been hidden for future fun and interest!
In June the site was venue to the community’s first Keep Scotland Beautiful One Planet Picnic. Coupar Angus Primary School have also been using the site as an outdoor classroom.
One year on it is already evident that Butterybank is being integrated into our community as a place for walking, socialising, sitting, thinking, volunteering and learning and that it is home to many and hopefully increasing numbers of flora and fauna. These opportunities can only improve along with the growth of the trees.
Anyone wishing to get involved with the ongoing development of the site is asked to contact Iain Bentley through the High Street Store in Coupar Angus.