The Butterybank Community Woodland project was developed over a number of years by a group of enthusiasts before the group approached Forward Coupar Angus (FCA) to take over the management of the project in 2016. With some trepidation, FCA agreed to do so. Why trepidation you may ask? That’s because the Board had no experience of working with a woodland project.
It started with a seedling of an idea in 2006 to create a woodland area in Coupar Angus. With the help of a range of experts and volunteers, and the generous offer of land from Perth and Kinross Council, the first trees were planted in 2015. A complex plan of planting was developed which included a mix of fruit trees such as apple, pear and plum trees. Volunteers then planted native trees such as Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Silver Birch, Common Oak and Rowan which were donated by the Woodland Trust.
Further planting in late 2016 ensued, with the support of the Dundee Lions, who supplemented the woodland trees with Spruces, Western Hemlock, Larches and part of a Woodland Trust donated “seasonal colour” pack of Hawthorn, Dogwood, Silver Birch, Hazel and Rowan. More trees were planted in 2017 to soften the boundary of the main planting area. A total of approximately 800 trees have been planted on the 4-acre site.
The development of the woodland site was recognised at the Scottish Fine Woods Awards, part of the Royal Highland Show, on 23rd June 2017 with the presentation of a plaque and Certificate of Commendation. The Woodland has been included on the Judges Tours for Britain in Bloom and Keep Scotland Beautiful awards, with great success.
The Woodland is not only enjoyed by walkers and nature lovers. Pupils from the local primary school have been involved in planting right from the start and they use this amenity for learning about wildlife, the environment and sustainability. As part of a year-long project, the pupils recently unveiled their very own biodiversity information panel at Butterybank. It is a real asset for the town and one which FCA is now proud to manage, though we still depend on lots of support from the original enthusiasts.