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Children from Lawmuir Primary School have won a Lanarkshire-wide competition to name the new woodland developed by Forestry Commission Scotland.
The primary four children fought off stiff competition from five other local schools to name the new woodland ‘Old Mine Nature Park’ and have won £300 towards their school’s Outdoor Learning Fund.
After visiting the site and receiving a talk from the community ranger, each of the six schools taking part submitted their chosen names to a judging panel which met in March to decide which school had come up with the best idea. Old Mine Nature Park was chosen because of its wide appeal, links to both the past and future of the park and its longevity.
Community Ranger with Forestry Commission Scotland, Julie Hamilton, comments:
“We are so excited to announce Old Mine Nature Park as the new name for the woodland. We’ve been blown away with by the innovative and high quality names that the children have come up with as well as the interest and feedback from the schools taking part.”
Gillian Hosie, from Lawmuir Primary School, comments:
“I'm a class teacher at Lawmuir but also the Eco Co-ordinator so I jumped at the chance to get involved in this brilliant opportunity. The whole class came up with the name together and are absolutely delighted that they have won. The name was actually a combination of two popular names that were suggested and was voted for by the whole class so it really was a team effort.
“We had a great visit to the woodland with the children - they learned so much about the woodland. They were especially excited about the plan for an outdoor classroom and we can’t wait to get them back when it’s finished for some outdoor activities.”
Lawmuir Primary School will today be presented with their £300 prize from Forestry Commission Scotland in a special assembly attended by the whole school.
Gillian continues: “Lawmuir has both an eco-committee and a gardening committee so they will be meeting to decide how the money is spent. We’re really excited about being able to extend the outdoor work that we do with the pupils.”
After the completion of extensive redevelopment work, including the planting of 20,000 trees, Forestry Commission Scotland would like to invite all local residents to Old Mine Nature Park’s official opening event on Tuesday 4th June between 1pm and 3pm. Children from Lawmuir Primary will be unveiling the name board to the public, councillors and Forestry Commission staff at 1.15pm.
Notes to Editors
- Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2. For news, events and recreation information log on to www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests or www.twitter.com/fcscotland
3. The FCS agobair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridhcoilltearachdRiaghaltasna h-Alba agus a’ riaghladhnan 660,000 heactaireanann an OighreachdnaCoilleNàiseanta, a’ dìonadh, a’ cumailsmachd air agus a’ leudachadhnancoillteangusbuannachdan a thoirtdhacoimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidhagus, agobair an aghaidhatharrachadhgnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
4. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6508.