Woodland Activities

Cutting TimberOur woodland activities are usually, but not exclusively, based in Coromonachan Community Woodland.

Jan's Hut is the focus of this forest area where young people learn about themselves and the forest habitat through a range of hands-on experiences.

Activities include learning traditional woodland crafts such as making charcoal and simple woodworking tools, as well as using a pole lathe and shave horse. All these skills are set in the context of the coppicing and continual management of the woodland.

In addition there are a range of experiential environmental education activities sited around the woodland that help develop understanding of concepts such as food chains.

Cormonachan Woodlands forms the focus of many winter school courses, with the wood-burning stove in the resource centre being an added attraction!

Woodland activities dovetail with the John Muir Award.

Ardroy works with the Cormonachan Woodlands Association (CWA) to manage the woods, a management plan, resource centre, path network and interpretation trail have been developed. You can keep up to date with CWA developments on their facebook page here.

We receive valuable help several times a year from a group of Conservation Volunteers from Fife and volunteers from the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park who generously donate time to for a 'green gym' weekend in Cormonachan. They fell invasive sitkas, maintain paths, light big fires and have lots of fun! Ardroy feeds and accommodate them, and they make a huge difference to the woods in return. If you want to get involved in their next weekend here, please contact us at Ardroy and we can put you in touch.