Church Hill Woodland
The Church Hill Woodland is a small community owned woodland in the centre of Lairg that is available for use by both locals and tourists - as a place to walk, relax in nature, picnic or meet up with friends.
Church Hill Woodland - History
In 2009 Lairg & District Community Initiatives was asked on behalf of the War Memorial Committee to purchase Church Hill Woodland using funds which had been previously raised for this purpose.
Following a community consultation and public presentation LDCI proceeded with the plans to upgrade the existing path network.
The total cost of the project exceeded £18,000 which was raised through grants from the Scottish Community Foundation, Comic Relief, the People’s Postcode Lottery and Scottish Rural Priorities. They were also assisted and advised by the Forestry Commission, the Scottish Government, the Sutherland Partnership and the North Highland Forest Trust.
The winding pathways through the trees to the war memorial and the church were constructed by Mackie Ross from Rogart, stone work and bench installation was carried out by Shane Brayshaw from Shinness, new fences and gates by John Sutherland from Rosskeen and interpretation panels designed by Marlyn Price from Lairg.
Although steep, the view from the path above the War Memorial is magnificent, stretching right across Little Loch Shin, and there is a conveniently placed bench upon which to sit and rest awhile.
Church Hill Woodland was officially re-opened on Tuesday 27th September 2011 by Mrs Jeanette Johnston.
Click here for a link to the North Highland Forest Trust