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Friends of Glenan Wood

Working with and for the local community to manage and develop this unique ancient oak woodland, in Argyll, Scotland.


Friends of Glenan Wood was formed to purchase Glenan after Forestry Commission Scotland announced its sale in 2016. After three years of campaigning and fundraising, and with the support of our members and the wider community, we finally brought Glenan Wood into community ownership in December 2019. 

With backing from the Scottish Land Fund we have been able to employ a Community Ranger who will be running a programme of exciting events aimed at raising environmental awareness and mobilising volunteers to help maintain this special Atlantic oak wood habitiat.

We are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation no:  SC047803.


The Woodland

Glenan Wood is 146 hectares of ancient woodland on ‘Argyll’s Secret Coast’ on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll, Scotland. Sections of the woodland are marked on maps dating 1750 and 1860. The unique habitat is rich in flora and fauna. Adders, otters, bats, deer, pine martens and water voles all make their homes here, as do night jars, cuckoos, wood warblers and owls. Rare lichens, moss, ferns and wild flowers thrive. The woodland has a rich heritage too, with a deserted settlement deep in the wood. 



Volunteer Your Time

We are planning regular work parties that will help to manage Glenan Woods and improve access. Work will include path maintenance, beach cleans, bracken control and more. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch.


Become a member

Friends of Glenan Wood is a membership organisation. Membership is free and members help guide the direction of the organisation. We will keep you regularly up-to-date with all activities. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a member or download a membership form. You can drop your completed form into the Tighnabruaich Post Office. 


Make a donation

Your support will help us turn plans into reality for the benefit of this community. If you would like to donate money to Friends of Glenan Wood, please use the following Paypal link; or alternatively, get in touch to discuss your donation. All support is appreciated. 

Contact Friends of Glenan Wood

Tigh Eoin, Portavadie, Tighnabruaich, PA21 2DA

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