NWMCWC was set up in 2006 to purchase and manage the Langamull and West Ardhu forests in the north west of Mull. The woodlands were purchased through the National Forest Land Scheme from Forestry Commission Scotland iwith the assistance of the Scottish Land Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The Robertson Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation, significant local fundraising and an interest free loan.
In order to bring the timber to market the company had to construct a 16.5km haul route, the total cost of this was just under £2.4 million, of which just under £700,000 was borne by the company in the form of an interest free loan, this loan is now being paid back by our harvesting output from Langamull forest
To date the company has successfully set up nine forest crofts which are all now let as well as building a forest school. As soon as the harvesting was finished in Langamull North an all access path along with signage were created for the archaeological site at Kildavie.
Currently we are working on establishing a micro-hydro scheme within West Ardhu forest as well a woodland burial ground in Langamull.
In 2013 the company purchased Crannich woodfuel to form Island Woodfuels (http://www.islandwoodfuels.com). The reasoning behind this was threefold:
- provide an additional revenue stream for the company going forward
- provide local employment
- ensure the long term supply of woodfuel to users on the island
Colin Morrison (Chairman)
John Morrison (Vice Chairman)
Andy Mayo (Treasurer)