A short walk up the hill from the main car park at Aline Community Woodland is the Children’s Playground which was created in 2013 with the support of volunteers and members of the community. The site has a fantastic selection of swings, slides, climbing frames and crawl tunnels.

The Children’s Playground is packed with fun play structures, this is just a small portion of it

Beside the Children’s Playground is a cabin which is open 24/7 for the use of visitors. We have decorated some of the walls with information posters about Lewis wildlife, flora and fauna. There are a few chairs and a bench-table and changing room. We also have a comfort facility in the cabin which is served by a rainwater tank. Outside there is a good-sized picnic table too.

Donnie Morrison and volunteer Mark Griffiths installing the information posters in the cabin around the bench table

We only ask that if you use these facilities please consider others, leave everything as if you were never there! Can you ensure that take any litter away with you or leave it in the rubbish bin located in the main car park. Above all, get out and have some fun!

The cabin and picnic table

If you spot anything that needs repair or attending to, please get in touch and let us know.

In the last couple of weeks, SurfLewis surfing school based in Sandwick near Stornoway have started to offer an exciting starting point for learning to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) at Aline Community Woodland. Each session is around an hour and a half provides expert tuition to learn the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding. These introductory SUP lessons are carried out on the inland fresh water Loch na h-Aibhne Ruaidhe by the car park at the Aline Community Woodland. Its a stunning sheltered spot and offers a perfect location for learning to SUP!

The lessons include lying, kneeling and paddling on the board, paddling technique, body positioning and re-entry on to the board. Any remaining time will give you an opportunity to use your new skills to navigate round the loch.

All participants must be 8 years or older and able to swim 50 metres unaided and those aged 8 – 12 must have a must have a parent or guardian participating on the lesson. 8-12 year old participants will be issued with a soft foam board to match their size for their lesson. Older children under the age of 18 must either have a parent or guardian on the lesson or viewing from the shore within earshot.

For more information about these SUP sessions at Aline get in touch with Rodney Jamieson of SurfLewis & Harris via their website www.surflewis.com or through their Facebook and Instagram pages for all the latest information on surf lessons, stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling and open water swimming opportunities in Lewis & Harris. 

We are working on the website again to update and refresh it. We plan to get this site up and running in the next few weeks.

If you have any suggestions for improvements to the site in general, photographs or videos of the community forest or surrounding area you can contribute or you think might be useful to include, please get in touch.

You can message us on our Facebook page and now on Instagram @aline_community_woodlands

If you see any urgent issues that need addressing at Aline Community Woodland you can call:

Donnie on 07770 544 670 or David on 07762 730 401

In this last week we have just concluded a feasibility study for the further development of Aline Community Woodland. The study was greatly assisted by the good offices of Community Energy Scotland and funded by Leader and HIE. The study has helped us develop our plans for the next few years and are focused on developing a Biomass business and to bring in more income to help develop the woodland through the installation of a wind turbine.

Initially we see the priority being the Biomass business focusing on the sale of firewood on a larger scale than at present and with volume production of small stove size logs as opposed to the larger logs sold currently.

We also need to undertake a lot more new planting of trees later this year and are working with the Forestry Commission on a revised plan to take this forward – so plenty to do and more volunteers required.

We also need to get the recreation area working better this year including better drainage of the area and converting the cabin into a more useful log cabin style building with tables and chairs and with changing room facilities. If you feel you can help we would be pleased to hear from you.

We also welcome all youth groups and schools to use our facilities. It’s great to see how the Harris Gun Club have developed their amazing facilities within our woodland and I’m sure there are other organisations out there who might want to work with us on developing new facilities.  There is plenty space for recreation as well as our need to improve the woodland area.

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Aline Recreation OpeningDespite the very cold and wet day we still had a great turnout for the opening of the new recreation area and the track to Grigaspul. Many Thanks to Big Lottery Community Spaces, HIE, CnES, NHS-WI, Bord na Gaidhlig and everyone involved in helping us get to this latest milestone. We now have a great community asset and already having lots of families using the woodland for rAline Recreation Opening dayecreation.

Our official opening will be this Saturday, 25th May at 11am. Everyone welcome! There will be a BBQ from 12pm.

Come and help plant some trees while you are here! Please bring a spade and suitable footwear.

Aline Main Board Map

If you want to buy logs please email info@alinewoodland.org or call 01851 880296 for more information. We sell logs by the trailer load as uncut lengths on Saturday mornings. See press for details on dates.

Logs will be for sale on 25th May, 8th June and 22nd June from 10.00AM to 11.00AM

Birds eye view

We had a great day for tree planting on Saturday 13th April and a lot of welcome volunteers on the day, some of whom are included in the group photo.

Treeplanting Volunteers

Treeplanting Volunteers

We will be announcing dates for  more Open Days, tree-planting and our official opening of the new Lottery funded tracks and the children’s recreation area here very soon. Open Days are expected to start in April and the opening in May. The track out to Grigaspul now reaches out to Loch Seaforth opening up this part of the woodland for the fist time. The views are spectacular on what we believe is the only long woodland walk outside of Stornoway. We are extremely grateful to Big Lottery for helping us to deliver this fantastic addition to the recreation available locally and benefiting the whole island and not just our local community.

If you want to buy logs please email info@alinewoodland.org or call 01851 880296 for more information. We sell logs by the trailer load as uncut lengths on Saturday mornings. See press for details on dates.

Next date is 25th May from 10.00AM to 11.00AM

If you would like to volunteer for tree-planting or other voluntary work please email info@alinewoodland.org