A new era for SWMID at the Columba Centre

We were delighted to welcome around 55 people to our AGM on Saturday 25th November. We didn’t realise we could fit that many in to the exhibition area at the Columba Centre – standing room only at the back! 

After the usual AGM business, we updated folk on our various projects, all at different stages of delivery. The morning ended with coffee and cake and a chance to explore our new domain. The SWMID staff have a lovely new office, with great views, while Rural Housing Scotland are subletting a cosy wee space next to the kitchen – very handy for coffee-making. We have other office spaces to let, both for long-term use and for hot-desking. The 33sqm exhibition space is also available – a perfect size for a shop, perhaps?

If you are interested in letting space in the Columba Centre, please get in touch. We are currently seeking expressions of interest for the office spaces (closing date 31st December 2017) and the exhibition space (closing date 31st January 2018). We look forward to hearing from you! 

Please contact Celia on 01681 700021; admin@swmid.co.uk

We’re moving in!

Here is our lovely new office at the Columba Centre where we have been waiting for broadband and phone to be connected until we could properly move in. We have been working between this office and our old one which is why, as you can see, Morven’s desk is still pretty empty. Not for long! 

Our new phone number is 01681 700021 and our address is: The Columba Centre, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull PA66 6BL.

We’re looking forward to showing everyone around at our AGM on 25th November and excited by the potential for the Columba Centre to become a vibrant and creative space that benefits the community.


Morning Coffee and an AGM at the Columba Centre

We are delighted to be able to invite everyone to join us for our AGM, with morning coffee, at the Columba Centre, 11am on Saturday 25th November 2017.

We took over the lease of half of the building on 1st October and are really excited about the potential that this space offers for supporting local people and businesses.

At our AGM on 25th November we will be giving the communities of South West Mull and Iona an opportunity to take a look around, as well as the chance to enjoy Marion’s delicious cakes! As well as the usual AGM business we will be formally launching an invitation to local people and businesses to submit expressions of interest for renting space in the Columba Centre.


Special General Meeting: April 24th, Creich Hall 4pm

We would like to invite you to attend a Special General Meeting at Creich Hall on Wednesday 24th March at 4pm. The purpose of the meeting is to approve amendments to our Articles of Association to comply with changes to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and with the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. At the meeting we will be able to explain what this means to SWMID and to our local community. Members will be able to vote on the amendments. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided!

If you are not yet a member of SWMID and would like to become one, you can join on the day or contact Celia at admin@swmid.co.uk.

If you want to know more about the proposed changes, please contact Morven: mgibson@swmid.co.uk

You can also ring the office on 01681 708000

Exciting Events in May!

One Day SUW poster Walk in the Woods

Two exciting events coming up! On Sunday 14th May, as part of the Tree Council’s Walk in the Woods Festival, we are hosting a guided Walk in the Woods with John Clare, our Forest Officer. Meet at 11am at the forest entrance.

This is followed by a Plant Sale at Tigh na Con, near Tiroran, at 2pm to 5pm with tea, coffee and cakes at the Pennyghael in the Past museum and wood-turning with Bob Hastie.

On Thursday 18th May we are supporting Business Gateway to host a one day Business Start- Up workshop at Creich Hall from 10am to 5pm. You need to book your place but it is free of charge! You can contact us or Business Gateway directly for more information.

Don’t miss out on these great opportunities!

Mull Eagle Watch receive Innovative Tourism award

MEW award

Congratulations to the Mull Eagle Watch partnership. At the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards in Inverness recently, Mull Eagle Watch, which has locations at both Tiroran Community Forest and West Ardhu, won the “Innovation in Tourism” category. The project now goes through to the National Thistle Awards to be held in Edinburgh next March during Scottish Tourism Week.

November 2016


AGM: Saturday 19th November 2016


It’s time for us to gather together again – this time for our AGM on Saturday 19th October at 1.30pm at Bunessan Hall.

Please come and join us to find out what we have been up to over the last year and the results of our community consultation.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Find out about future plans for Tiroran Community Forest

Forest view

We have recently submitted our Forest Management Plan to the Forestry Commission. This is an essential requirement for all owners of commercial forests and includes plans for felling, re-planting, encouraging biodiversity, the preservation of historic sites, generating a long-term income from the forest and developing amenity spaces for the public to access and enjoy the forest.

If you would like to find out more please come along to Forest Officer John Clare’s presentations on Tuesday 13th September at Pennyghael Hall, 7pm and Wednesday 14th September at Creich Hall, 7pm. John will also be at the Community Café, Bunessan Hall, on Monday 12th September with a display.

Why not take advantage of these great opportunities to find out more about the future of your community forest.

Click on this link to see a copy of the Concept Plan submitted with the Management Plan.

Tiroran Forest Community Ownership Celebration June 2016


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.