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Community Woodland and Sculpture Trail
|"Castlehill Community Woodland and
Sculpture Trail was first conceived in 1995, initially as a result of
brain-storming over a beer.
The concept was carried forward in the grey light of dawn. It was an idea which seemed to be destined to be thwarted at every turn by bureaucracy, and it took over a year for all the obstacles to be overcome.
The main protagonists striving for this goal – few of whom are still in these roles today – were George Campbell, Thurdistoft, landowner; Paul Garfield, Castletown Community Council; Ranald MacAslan, Castletown Primary School; Eann Sinclair and Kevin Budge, CASE; Willie Beattie, the Forestry Authority; and Mike Clark of Aspen Landscaping, project design and management.
Hindsight is a great thing, and the level of use by both the local community and visitors justifies the confidence and foresight of those behind the project.
And the sceptics who objected on the grounds that trees would not grow in such a location, will be more than welcome now to wander through the young woodland and find themselves totally enclosed by trees which have performed remarkably well.
Last year, the young alder trees produced their first cones. The alder is the only native broadleaved tree to produce cones, like conifers. I collected some seed, and now have some substantial one-year-old trees which are the first descendants of Castlehill Community Woodland.
In these days when technology seems to over-ride everything, that’s what I call real progress, and a symbol of a sustainable future."