feel free to email us gifford.woodseh41@gmail.com and/or fill in the pledge form on the right - this is a community-led project, your input is important

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Drawing Inspiration from Dunbar Woods

Took the chance to visit Lochend Woods in Dunbar today as they were having a community open day.

It was nice to see a community owned woodland in action and thought sharing a few photos might offer a little inspiration for those interested in the Gifford Community Woodland Project.

For a little more background on ths particular project visit dunbarwoods.org

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Please Pledge Your Support

As you may already be aware, the woods at the end of Station Road in Gifford (areas 1, 2 & 3 on the map below) have been offered for sale to the community ahead of being put on the open market. If we aren't able to take advantage of this opportunity, their is future at risk and we could lose something of huge value to the village.

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Whether as a place for your children to explore, for you to walk the dog or simply enjoy some peace, the woods offer a great deal to us, not to mention the environmental role they play to the wildlife that lives there.

Since news was first released about the sale a great deal has already been achieved by a group of volunteers.  The Gifford Community Land Company (a not-for-profit company that we hope will soon be granted charitable status) is well on the way to making an offer for the woods. If accepted by the current owner, this will mean that Speedy and Fawn Woods would be owned by the local community, safe from development or felling, and remain a place where we – and future generations – can explore and enjoy.

But the woods now need YOUR help. Of the expected purchase price of around £250,000 (being independently valued), we believe that up to 98% could be funded through a variety of public applications, so the village needs to raise £5,000; if 350 households in Gifford each gave just £15 we should meet our target.

If you don’t feel able to offer financial support, DON’T WORRY – if you support the idea, simply by completing the form on the right of this page* you will be helping with our fundraising. If you do feel able to offer a financial pledge, we don’t want your money now but we’ll be back in touch if our funding applications are successful and our offer accepted. In return for any financial support, once we own the woods you will receive a certificate to show that you played your part in saving Gifford’s woodland.

Either way, by completing the form [or if you prefer simply emailing us: gifford.woodseh41@gmail.com] you will help our other funding applications by showing we have community backing to protect this woodland.

Please, pledge your support now and we can save this valuable village asset – and ensure that the woods can continue to be available to all who enjoy them.

Thank you.

*not available on mobile devices: click "view web version" at the foot of the page if you wish to fill in form from a mobile device

Friday, 9 September 2016

Draft Feasibility Study

The document below is the first draft feasibility study [click to see pdf]. This is shared as a work-in-progress in the spirit of openness and to invite comment and perhaps spark debate.