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Forestry Commission Scotland is developing a woodland for North and South Lanarkshire communities, and has invited local primary schools to enter a competition to suggest its new name.
Close to homes in Fallside and Bothwell, Bothwell Park Road runs through the middle of the site and a small woodland south of the site is called Bothwell Park Wood. It is anticipated that residents from Uddingston, Orbiston, Bellshill, Tannochside and Viewpark will also access the new woodland.
Previously used for industrial and commercial purpose, the site has been vacant and derelict for many years. Forestry Commission Scotland has carried out extensive work to make the site safe and accessible as a recreational space. Work has included:
· Improving drainage, making the site less muddy
· 6,000 tonnes of compost made from recycled timber and garden waste has been laid to help trees grow
· 20,000 new trees including Birch, Hawthorn, Ash, Oak, Scots Pine, Larch and Alder have been planted
· 2.5km of new footpaths have been installed for walking, cycling and horse riding
Working collaboratively with North and South Lanarkshire Councils to run the competition, Community engagement ranger, Julie Hamilton comments: “We are excited to be running a schools competition to find a new name. We’ve had great interest in the competition and look forward to receiving the entries.
“The new name will be unveiled at an official opening event in April and will appear on our Forestry Commission Scotland signage at various access points surrounding the site.”
Nine local primary schools have been invited to take part in the competition with Lawmuir, Sacred Heart, John Paul II, Aitkenhead and Bothwell Primary Schools confirming participation. The competition is open to P4-7 classes in each school. Each class has been asked to suggest five names in total.
A community ranger will visit each of the participating schools (as above) to give a verbal brief and answer any questions. Site visits are being arranged for 33 pupils from each school to receive a visual perspective of the new woodland.
Forestry Commission Scotland is looking to create a woodland that will be used by dog walkers, cyclers, families, schools, uniform groups, youth clubs and adult groups. Its aspirations for the woodland include:
· A well managed woodland with an open grass and meadow
· Host to native wildlife
· Good access links and good quality paths
For more information on the naming competition, please visit: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-943KU2
Notes to Editors
1. 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.