Julie the Community Ranger from Edinburgh University has been in touch to update us on the woodland creation at Drumbrae and offer some volunteering opportunities.

Firstly an update on the University of Edinburgh’s woodland creation plan at Drumbrae.

The University of Edinburgh have been working to develop new woodland creation proposals for Drumbrae, near Bridge of Allan.

Many of you may have already provided comments on the draft design as part of earlier local engagement work which included a drop-in event in Bridge of Allan and on-line consultations. To view a summary of these results, visit their website: Drumbrae | The University of Edinburgh.

This engagement was part of their Scottish Forestry’s Woodland Creation Application process.  The University have submitted a Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) application to Scottish Forestry to secure funding for this new planting. You can see the design in the image.



The application is now on the Scottish Forestry Public Register of Felling Permission and Forestry Grant Scheme Applications, and available for any final comments to be made directly to Scottish Forestry. This can be done online via the Public Register or by contacting Scottish Forestry directly via email: panda.cons@forestry.gov.scot  or Tel: 03000676005.  The application will be available for comment on the Public Register until the 6th June 2024. 


Volunteering opportunities

During June and July the University will be running 4 conservation volunteer days at Drumbrae.

Working alongside local crafts people task will improve the well-loved path to Dumyat from Sheriffmuir Road. This is a great opportunity to get involved, learn new skills, meet new people and help maintain the path for everyone to enjoy. There will be a variety of tasks including digging ditches, clearing drainage features, path surfacing and rebuilding a section of dry stone wall.

The volunteer days will run from 10am-3pm and the dates are:

  • Thursday 13th June
  • Saturday 29th June
  • Wednesday 3rd July
  • Friday 12th July

More information is available on their website: Volunteering opportunities | The University of Edinburgh. You can also find out more about our plans for Drumbrae here.

If you are interested in taking part, please visit the website where there is an online form to register.


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