Community land ownership is to be celebrated – and on Saturday 4th June, the communities of South West Mull and Iona did indeed celebrate our ownership of Tiroran Community Forest.
The weather was almost perfect and even the midges didn’t deter the crowds. People came from all over South West Mull and Iona and included one of the youngest in our communities (Mairi aged 18 months), to one of the oldest (Mamie aged 21+).
Delicious food; fun activities for children including an orienteering trail, a treasure hunt, face-painting and willow-weaving; a sea eagle fly-past; a guided tour of the ruined township of Knockroy; poems in the trees – there was something for everyone.
For many, the highlight was the creation of the first ever Tiroran Community Forest sculpture. Vision Mechanics, a company from Edinburgh, brought three magnificent steel and willow heads that people were able to decorate with wild flowers and moss. They were then hauled into some splendid, old sycamore trees where they will stay talking to each other for years to come. There are Giants in the Forest all over the UK and it is lovely to have this link with woodlands elsewhere.
At 2pm there were pipes, speeches, bubbly and ribbon-cutting. This was the serious part of the day when we were reminded of what the communities of South West Mull and Iona have achieved in buying the forest as an asset for generations to come. Both Lorne MacLeod of Community Land Scotland and Brendan O’Hara, MP, described our achievement as an inspiration to other communities.
Thank you so much to everyone who came and helped to make the day such a great celebration.
Enjoy the photos in our gallery.