If you go Doune to the woods today...

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On Wednesday, 20 March, a group of landowners and guests from Scottish Land & Estates visited Doune Ponds to learn of the excellent work taking place there.

Hosted by Moray Estates and Doune Community Woodland Group (DCWG) this informal ‘Walk & Talk’ event was an opportunity to learn from those directly involved in the management of local open spaces in partnership between the landowner and the local community.

Owned by Moray Estates, DCWG has managed the Ponds since 2014, when a management agreement with Stirling Council was forfeited by the Council.  Since then there has been a real resurgence in the Ponds, both in terms of public access and biodiversity.

This event allowed interested parties to come together in an informal setting to meet, network and learn more about community engagement in a practical and mutually beneficial way.

Representatives from the Scottish Land Commission were in attendance and informed attendees of the recently published community engagement protocol. This guidance sets out practical advice on how landowners, land managers and communities can work together to make better – and fairer – decisions about land use. 

Tony Farrant, Chairman of DCWG said, “The Doune Community Woodland Group volunteers who attended yesterday’s visit were pleased to show SLE members all the enhancements made to the site, share their learning, talk about their experience and the reason they give up their time”.

Rory McLeod, Estate Manager at Moray Estates, “Moray Estates were delighted to be able to host this event and we were very pleased that so many SLE members were able to attend. It was a great opportunity to showcase the quality of work and the commitment of the DCWG volunteers, and an excellent way to show that working in partnership with the local community can be a rewarding thing, with benefits on both sides”.