Volunteers wanted for Croy cattle project

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Forestry Commission Scotland is on the lookout for local volunteers to help with an innovative project that will use Scottish cattle to graze open grassland on Croy Hill.

The move is part of an initiative to restore an area of old mining land to its former glory by using natural methods to manage the vegetation.

The Commission will give full training to all those local volunteers who want to learn how to manage the cattle involved in the project. 

Andy Gallacher, Community Ranger at Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“It was five years ago since the Commission took over the ownership of the Croy Hill area and in that time we’ve created and upgraded footpaths and planted up small areas of native woodland. It is all part of trying to transform the area for the better and make it more accessible for local people.

“An innovative part of the project is to bring in cattle to graze on the vegetation as this will help keep the grasslands in good order. We’d see this initiative as a great opportunity for local people to get more involved and maybe learn something new. I’m sure it isn’t every day you get to work with livestock like this.”

As part of the process to green up the area, the Commission will be starting a new phase of work towards the end of January to level out the bing face at Croy Hill and stabilise the surface.

Whilst this work is being carried out, the top layer of the bing will be removed to leave a good base for seed and to help vegetation to grow back again quickly.

Andy added:

“Whilst the work is ongoing, the bing may look a bit unnatural for a while. Please bear with us on this as it will all green up nicely once the warmer weather comes in.”

For more information on the project or to become a volunteer managing the cattle, please contact Andy Gallacher on 01555 660 190 or email scottishlowlands@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

Notes to news editors

1.     Forestry Commission Scotland works as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.

2.     Media enquiries to Andy Gallacher, Community Ranger on 01555 660 190 or Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.





e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk