Our recent work to improve School Wood in Dunfermline has been recognised by Scotland’s Finest Woods. At a ceremony during the Royal Highland Show, we were presented with a commendation in the Community Woodland Category.
The Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions of the visionary communities, landowners and practitioners who create and manage Scotland’s finest woods and help to sustain and enhance forestry in Scotland.
The School Wood project was managed by Lyn Strachan and has transformed the woodland with the support of Fife Council, Fife Environment Trust and the local community including Dunfermline Central Community Council.
School Wood is a long established area of woodland in the south corner of the Dunfermline Public Park, adjacent to Commercial and St Margaret’s Primary Schools. The Public Park forms a large area of green space to the eastern side of the Dunfermline Town Centre. The woodland was once part of the old Transy Estate. The woodland is now owned by Fife Council, Community Services. School Wood is a small wood however it is a very important part of Dunfermline town and its history.
Because of its position beside two of the biggest Primary Schools in Dunfermline and within walking distance of other schools it makes for an invaluable resource for environmental education. It is perfect for school activities, a great little den for wildlife, and a good green space for a walk or run etc.
Recent work leading to the commendation included repairing, upgrading, and creating paths around the site and improving associated drainage. We also repaired the existing stairway and installed a number of chainsaw sculptures and an interpretation board. We also looked to tidy up and make safe the main area for educational visits by clearing some vegetation and removing litter.
We hope you visit and enjoy the site and if you do please tell us about it by returning a site user survey to Lyn Strachan the local Ranger. A map of the site and further details are available on the FCCT website.