Barrhill Woods

After two and a half years of discussion with Forestry Commission Scotland, the work at the Barrhill Community Woodland is complete. Thanks to grants from The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership and Leader the main project is secured. Additional funding, for other parts of the project, has been secured from Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Stewartry Area Committee and The Galloway Association of Glasgow. Discussions are continuing with Forestry Commission Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway Councils to secure a management agreement and lease for all of the Barrhill Woods. Below are the main areas of development in Barrhill Woods.

Barrhill Community Base

This facility is a 6m x 4m open plan building which is available to all local community groups and individuals as a base when using the woodland for events or for meetings. There will be no formal charge for the use of the building but a donation would be appreciated to help cover the cost of insurance and maintenance.

If you would like to book this facility please contact Rob Asbridge on 07771 908397 or the Kirkcudbright Development Trust Office on 01557 428008.

Red Squirrel & Bird Watching Hide

The hide will be open daily from 8am and will be free to use for both the local community and tourists alike. We may not realise it living in such a favoured area but Red Squirrels are high on many people’s must see list. We hope that by providing a Red Squirrel watching point we will encourage visitors into the area which will hopefully benefit local businesses. We are looking into making handy maps of the wood which will include a ‘Red Squirrel Walk’ starting and returning to Kirkcudbright town centre, so that visitors find their way to local shops and cafes after their time in the wood.

New & Resurfaced Paths

Almost a kilometre of new and resurfaced paths have been completed which provides all ability access to the woods. With the help of volunteers, seats are going to be constructed at regular intervals throughout the wood using fallen and cleared logs. Areas will be cleared on the edge of the wood to provide open views across the surrounding countryside and picnic benches will be installed.

Management of the woodland will ensure that the view from the town will not be degraded. The trees at present are mostly of a single age and with the help of volunteers we will replace areas of fallen trees with Red Squirrel friendly species. The aim is to gradually create a mixed age woodland with a more diverse wildlife friendly woodland edge. Using smaller trees such as rowan, thorn, bird cherry, blackthorn etc. around the edge will make the whole wood less prone to wind damage.

We are looking for volunteers for all aspects of the woodland project, from opening the hide to improving the habitat and planting trees.

A red squirrel in the snow

If you are interested in getting involved in the continued maintenance and development of the woods please get in contact with Rob Asbridge on 07771 908397 or at kbt.barhill@gmail.com