About Dunbar Community Woodland Group

Lochend Woods form a lovely part of our town and for those of us lucky enough to live close to them, they play an integral part of our lives too. They belong to the townsfolk of Dunbar, and their care and maintenance is the responsibility of all who live in the town.

Dunbar Community Woodland Group (DCWG) was set up as a Registered Charity to oversee these responsibilities. Membership is open to anyone and everyone.

DCWG’s liaises closely with organisations such as the Forestry Commission and the Community Woodlands Association to ensure the woods are looked after properly.

Dunbar Community Woodland Group recently celebrated its 10th birthday!

Our aims:

  • To manage Lochend Woods as a community resource for the benefit of everyone in Dunbar
  • Maximise potential for educational and recreational use, and to value wildlife
  • Encourage all who use the woods to treat them with respect, to clear litter and to discourage damage to the trees and wildlife habitats
  • To steward the environment, and maintain pathways and waterways
  • Dunbar Community Woodland Group is committed to preserving and managing Lochend Woods for future generations

Lochend Woods: An overview and a brief summary of management proposals

Lochend Woods are part of what was once the Lochend Estate and contain the old garden and some ruins. It has been a managed woodland since the 18th century but the trees now growing in the woodland (mostly Sycamore and Scots Pine) were planted shortly after the 2nd World War, circa 1947-50, the previous trees having been cleared and used to help the war effort. A recent survey shows that the natural woodland on this site would have been predominantly Ash (with Field Maple) and Alder (with Elder) in the wetter areas.

In 2001-02, DCWG drafted a Management Plan which aimed to set out how the woodland would be looked after in the period 2003-07 with a view to improving:
  • Safety
  • Accessibility: for walkers and cyclists
  • Recreation opportunities
  • Wildlife value
  • Educational opportunities
  • Appearance (landscape)
  • Timber value

In practice, the housing developers did not handover ownership of the woods until 2007, meaning the management plan could not be implemented in the time frame.

Have a look at the documentation regarding the woods or our archives.


We are indebted to a great many local people, who have given their time and energy to make this all happen.

We thank the Forestry Commision Scotland for grant aid to renew and create paths in 2010, under the Woodlands in and Around Towns initiative.

Also thanks to the Community Woodlands Association for their support.

The website was developed by the devilishly handsome Guy McLean.