ABOUT FORRES FRIENDS
OF WOODS AND FIELDS
Forres Friends of Woods and Fields is a local grassroots environmental charity based in the community of Forres, Moray in Scotland, aiming to restore our woodlands, support local food sustainability and aid the mental and physical well-being of the community.
The land of Forres Friends of Woods and Fields is situated throughout the local woodlands of Sanquhar and Chapleton in Forres. Our woodlands occupy the ridge to the South of Sanquhar Loch and together with its adjacent fields (Kennel Field and Chapleton Field) on either side of the Mosset Burn. Our land borders other well-established environmental organisations in the community of Forres, namely the Sanquhar pond group which cares for the Sanquhar Loch, and the Forres Community Woodland trust, who are restoring the adjoining woodlands. These areas together form a vital and intriguing wildlife and recreational asset to the local town.
In 2020, this land was acquired from the Altyre Estate and its stewardship was taken on by the charity. Our vision for this area is to restore and regenerate the local woodlands and to create a nature-based education centre and recreational area for and within the community of Forres.
The fields will become a growing garden and orchard supported by the community, for vegetables, fruits and all sorts of tasty treats - a project which is still in the development-phase. We would like the fields to provide a place to learn, share and enjoy food growing together. Through this, we stay close to nature and reconnect with each other!
The charity is supported by the team of trustees with varying backgrounds and expertise and a large volunteer group, who aid with tree planting, cleaning and clearing, and growing, amongst other activities.
An 8-acre managed woodland
At the centre of the community of Forres, Scotland, sits a piece of beautiful woodland. Forres Friends of Woods and Fields aims are to conserve and regenerate this area so it can not only be enjoyed by the Moray community but also by the local wildlife.
The management of these woodlands includes planting tree saplings, forest flowers and other flora to generate growth and biodiversity, and also restore the habitat of many forest animals. Managing invasive species, such as laurel and rhododendrons, is also a large part of our strategy.
Such habitat restoration will help the local red squirrels, badgers, pine martens and tawny owls survive and thrive. Our mission is to create abundant wildlife and to become a nature-based education hub for children and adults alike.
18-acres for a Community Growing Garden, Orchard and Rest & Relaxation
Though this project has not yet been developed, we would like to see some growing fields in our near future. The fields will be purposed to set up a community garden and orchard. Alongside the bank of the Mosset Burn, one can have a wee rest or a picnic. In the gardens, we will work together with nature, helping it thrive, using regenerative agricultural practices. Members and volunteers can in the future learn how to grow their own food, learn about soil ecology, organic gardening practices, and, most importantly, find a connection with each other.
Together, we can enjoy the fruits of our labour from farm to fork.