Well done in sav­ing woods

Ayrshire Post - - BOB SHIELDS -

Well done to Fore­hill, Holm­ston and Ma­son­hill Com­mu­nity Coun­cil in their at­tempt to bring life back to Castle­hill Woods.

They want lovers of the woods to speak up. I’M SPEAK­ING! I’M SPEAK­ING! Castle­hill Woods is where I first wiped out an en­tire Nazi pla­toon . . . and took on a tribe of Sioux In­di­ans.

Not a bad morn­ing’s work for a nineyearold in short trousers!

And af­ter a lunch of corned beef sand­wiches and di­lut­ing orange in our top se­cret den – w e went big game hunt­ing in the af­ter­noon.

Years later, hav­ing left Bel­mont, I watched in dis­may as Ma­son­hill’s newer houses crept deeper and deeper into the trees.

They may have taken the heart out the “old” woods – but not its soul.

There is still enough there worth sav­ing.

I’d be pleased to give the com­mu­nity coun­cil any sup­port - by way of a pub event or do­nat­ing raf­fle prizes.

You can help by con­tact­ing www. sur­vey­mon­key. co. uk/ r/ 2XCD77B to boost the cam­paign.

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