Plant a tree event in Stranraer

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6 JULY 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13780

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The Stranraer community is being invited to help plant some of the 100,000 trees that will create the town’s own community woodland.

To get more local people actively involved in creating a community woodland, a special volunteer planting day is being held on Saturday 10th July 12 – 3pm at Gallowhill Farm – everyone is welcome.

Last year, Forestry Commission Scotland bought the land directly above King George Park, with a view of turning part of it into a thriving new woodland for local people to enjoy.

Stan Corcoran from Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“This should be a fun day and one that everyone can get join in with. We have so many plans to make this woodland a fantastic place for local people and visitors and it would be great if we can get a helping hand to plant all these trees. 

” Everyone, no matter the age, can take part and plant for generations to come. You don’t need any experience, just lots of enthusiasm”, he added.

Plans for the new woodland at Gallowhill already include a path network to boost opportunities for walking, a new car park with disabled access and a community pond surrounded by shrubs and fruit trees.

The local community has been involved in the design and development of the woodland through drop-in meetings run by the Commission. Now, a newly formed project group has been established to help take forward the development of the woodland for the benefit of the community.

“We have enthusiastic reps from the council, NHS, neighbouring landowners, the police and members of the local community all joining together with us to make a real go of this”, Stan added.  “The group is really keen to get the local community heavily involved and what better way than through a tree planting day.”
Over 100,000 saplings of mixed varieties are to be planted to create the woodland. 4,000 tonnes of stone have already been delivered to the site and with funding from the Dumfries and Galloway Leader programme, four volunteers from ProjectScotland have already started to build a path network around the forest. The volunteers are also benefiting from training to help their job prospects.

Future plans for the Gallowhill Community Woodland Project also include sourcing funding for bat, bird and mammal boxes and stone features. The Commission is also working with the project group to possibly buy the former farm buildings at Gallowhill farm to redevelop them for community use.

Another key reason for the Commission buying the woodland site was to help improve healthy lifestyles. Giving people in urban areas better access to greenspace on their doorstep encourages more people to get active by walking, cycling or simply de-stressing in the great outdoors.

For more information about the tree planting day, please contact Stan Corcoran or Lyndy Renwick at Forestry Commission Scotland on 01671 402 420.

Notes to news editors

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

2. Media enquiries to Lyndy Renwick or Stan Corcoran on 01671 402 420 or Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.