feel free to email us gifford.woodseh41@gmail.com and/or fill in the pledge form on the right - this is a community-led project, your input is important

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Community Consultation Questionnaire - please share your thoughts!

The woods are owned by and for the community and so it’s essential everything that happens with the woods is driven by you, the local community. 

We are currently undertaking a Community Consultation, and we'd appreciate if you could take a few minutes to follow this link and complete the online questionnaire.

We are seeking your views on the 3 core aims, which are to:
1.       Care for our woods
2.       Learn from our woods
3.       Help our whole community share in our woods

There is also scope for you to give any other thoughts or views at the end.

Many thanks and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

SURVEY LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9NLVJZ8

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

We can't see the Woods for the Teas!!

We are delighted to be serving tea / coffee with delicious home baking on the Sunday of Gifford Flower Show, with kind permission from our friends at the Gifford Horticultural Society.

Come and support us by buying a quick refreshment at:

  • Gifford Village Hall 
  • Sunday 18th August 1.30 - 4.30pm 
  • Sit in, or take away will also be available. 

Coming to the Flower Show? Come for tea too!

Friday, 9 August 2019

SAVE THE DATE: Our Gifford Woods Annual Meeting

Join us at the Our Gifford Woods Annual Meeting 
Monday 2nd September 7.30pm
Gifford Village Hall
  • Enjoy a social evening with food, drink & meeting friends
  • Brief AGM – hear a short update on what we’ve done including work on the core paths and future plans
  • Have your say on the future of the woods; we want to hear what you think
  • Take part in a fun “Mystery Game” – prizes to be won! All will be revealed on the night… 
All free – don’t miss it! No tickets needed; just turn up.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Path news from your woods

The good news:
  • Works start on July 1st to create easily accessible paths for all to enjoy.
  • They are phased; there will always be somewhere to enjoy.
  • The works are due to finish by October.
  • Many of your favourite paths will stay the same.
  • The new path route in Speedy Wood will open up an area that hasn’t been accessible in living memory. Invasive Rhododendrons and bog combined to make it impenetrable (see image below!), but you will be delighted with this whole new area to explore. Two bridges will enable you to cross Speedy Burn.
The bad news:
  • There will be some disruption.  Please bear with us!
  • Some paths will close during the works.  Look out for signs and temporary barriers.
  • Parts of the woods with new paths may look a bit ‘raw’ to begin with, but nature will soon do her work and by next summer you will think the paths have always been part of the woods.
A map of the paths can be found below.

Want to know more?
Join us for a Community Walk on Sunday June 30th at 4pm.
Meet on Station Road.  Please wear wellies – parts are very boggy!  The route is not currently suitable for buggies or wheelchairs (but it will be).

A Downloadable PDF version of this map is available by clicking here.

Gifford wins at Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

On Friday 21st June we attended the Royal Highland Show, where we were delighted to win this amazing accolade - Best Large Community Woodland in Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards.

Many thanks should go to everyone who has helped Gifford Woods reach this point; Volunteers, Board Members, Steering Committee Members, supporters and our Recorders!  This really wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for all of you.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Spring Volunteer Dates

Please find below our programme for volunteering with Gifford Woods during spring 2019.

There are some dates which are marked TBC. This indicates that,depending on whether we can engage a contractor, we may be moving some piles of cut Rhododendron into more accessible areas to be mulched, otherwise we will go ahead with the programmed activity.

We hope you will be able to join us on one of these volunteering opportunities, and Nev has even promised to inspire you with new camp fire cooking ideas!
  • Saturday 23rd Feb, 9.00am – 12.30pm followed by lunch: Rhododendron Clearance
  • Sunday 10th Mar, 9.00am – 12.30pm followed by lunch: Rhododendron Clearance
  • Saturday 16th Mar, 9.00am – 12.30pm followed by lunch: Rhododendron Clearance
  • Sunday 7th Apr, 9.00am – 12.30pm followed by lunch: Wood fuel day (TBC)
  • Wednesday 24th Apr, 9.00am – 12.30pm followed by lunch: Ditch clearing (TBC)
Each session is being led by our Project Manager, Nev Kilkenny, and please meet at the camp area at the top of Station Road.

Monday, 14 January 2019

What’s happening this year in Gifford Community Woodland?

We made great progress, with your help, in 2018 and this year looks like more will be happening in the woodland as we heard recently that two grant applications were successful.   These were made to:-

  • Rural Payments scheme 
  • Viridor Credits.

These grants, together with some of the funds that we had already raised, will allow us to improve some of the paths in Fawn Wood and to create some new paths in Speedy Wood.

In a phased programme over the next 12 months, we will create a network of easily maintained “core” paths.  Outside of these, many of our existing, much loved, minor paths will be left “as is”. The new or improved paths will open up the woods to visitors with access requirements.  They will also reveal new parts of the woods for everyone to enjoy.

Our plan includes paths in Speedy Wood, in order to open this area up for the first time.  We need planning permission for these works; an application has been lodged with East Lothian Council.  We hope to hear back by early March and to start works soon after this. A map of the Paths can be found below, or downloaded in PDF format by clicking here.

Want to know more?

We’d love to share more details of the plans with you, and to hear what you think.  We are hosting a drop in session on
Wednesday 6th February
5pm to 7pm
Gifford Village Hall (Todrick Room)

As usual, if you would like to keep up-to-date with our news, please ensure you follow us on Twitter or Facebook or keep an eye on the village noticeboard. You can also subscribe to our email newsletters by clicking here and giving us your details.

A Downloadable PDF version of this map is available by clicking here.