Uncovering the past in Sallochy’s oak woodlands

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(left to right) David James (Volunteer), Cristina Villacorta (Volunteer), Daniel Mestecky (Seasonal Ranger), Helen Stewart (Community & Visitor Services Supervisor), Derek Dawson (Volunteer).

 

An enthusiastic team of volunteers recently (14 March) joined Forest Enterprise Scotland staff to help preserve ruined buildings in Sallochy’s history-rich oak woodlands.

Two centuries ago the oak woodland was central to local industry and the team helped uncover the remains of houses’ that used to belong to the local workers.

Chris Peach, for the Fes team in Aberfoyle, said;

“This is an important piece of cultural heritage and the team’s hard work has made a real difference, both to these important historic ruins and the walking trails in East Loch Lomond.

“Now, visitors can better see and experience the lives of those that worked here. It’s exciting to take a trip into the past and see how people lived and worked here - there are lots of things to discover.”

The oak trees were planted over 200 years ago to be coppiced for construction timber and making charcoal.

The wood vinegar produced during the charcoal-making process was also used to fix dyes the Vale of Leven’s textile factories.

Every spring women and children would come to work at the coppices – and visitors can see the remains of their houses by following the Sallochy and Woodland waymarked trails from the campsite at Sallochy.

Chris, added;

“The volunteers did a great job and they all had a great time, too.

“We really appreciate the efforts of the volunteers in helping to maintain and improve the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. They make a huge contribution and we’re always keen to hear from more people who’d like to get involved.”

To find out how you can join future Forestry Commission volunteering events in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, contact Chris Peach on 07584 218328 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
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