Community tree planting day at Cochno Hill

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4 MAY 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13541

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Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting the public to help create a greener and cleaner planet by planting trees on Cochno Hill.

The Commission bought Cochno Hill three years ago with a view to turning it into a community woodland and to also plant more trees in the fight against climate change.

The community tree planting day is being held on Monday 17th May between 11am and 2pm and is open to everyone. The event is free of charge with trees being supplied by UPM Tilhill, who manage the site on behalf of the Commission, and with support from West Dunbartonshire Council.

Tom Wallace, Forestry Commission Scotland’s forester for Glasgow and the Kilpatrick Hills said:

"The Commission is committed to reducing the impacts of climate change and supporting the development of vibrant communities. What better way to do this than through planting your own community woodland.

“For years to come, local children and adults will be able to return to these woods to see their trees grow and enjoy the beautiful habitats which they create.  At the same time, these trees will be capturing carbon dioxide in the air and helping protect our planet for generations to come." 

This event is the second community tree planting initiative to be held. On Sunday 28th March, eighteen children and four adults from the Mugdock Country Park Junior Rangers joined the Commission and UPM Tilhill to plant over 400 mixed native broadleaves on Cochno Hill.

If anyone is interested in attending the planting event then contact Matt Buckland, Forestry Commission Scotland Community Ranger, on 07825 403622 or by e-mail at for more information.

Notes to news editors

1. Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate

2.   Media enquiries to Tom Wallace, Scottish Lowlands Forest District, 0141 951 4488 or Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.