Discover how nature matters to all at your Commonwealth Wood

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26 AUGUST 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16347

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Local people are being invited to join in a range of outdoor activities including foraging walks, storytelling, face-painting and woodland crafts, at  a ‘Woodland Discovery Day’ at Castlemilk on Sunday, 31 August 2014.

This free, family day is being hosted by Interfaith Glasgow and aims to bring people from all faiths and areas of the local community together to celebrate nature, enjoy a wide range of activities and have fun outdoors.

Alongside guided walks on foraging, bow and arrow making, face-painting, storytelling and musical drumming workshops will also be on offer.

The event marks the completion of a summer project, Faith and the Environment, which encouraged local faith groups to create a piece of artwork that shows how their beliefs are linked to the environment and wildlife. The artwork will be displayed on the day, including pieces by the Castlemilk Eco-Congregation and the Castlemilk Youth Complex.

There will also be various stalls ran by the different faith groups who took part in the project, along with a vegetarian buffet serving up an array of delicious food.

Magdalen Lambkin, Development Office at Interfaith Glasgow, who is organising the event with support from the Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming people from different faiths and backgrounds to the Woodland Discovery Day.

“There will be lots of activities for everyone to take part in and pick up new outdoor skills, as well as
find out about the different faith groups in their community. It’s also a chance to introduce people to their local wood and discover what it has to offer.” 

Castlemilk is one of a network of 14 Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow set up to provide a lasting legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

To find out more about the event, visit and join the event’s dedicated Facebook page-

The Commonwealth Woods is a partnership project led by Forestry Commission Scotland with Woodland Trust Scotland, the Commonwealth Forestry Association, Glasgow City Council, Clyde Gateway, Cassiltoun Housing Association, West Dunbartonshire Council, South & North Lanarkshire Council and Paths for All.

More than 7,000 people have taken part in free events and activities across a network of 14 Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow since the legacy project launched in June 2013.

To find out your nearest Commonwealth wood and information about free events and activities visit

Notes to news editors

1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate

2. The 14 woods in the network are: Kilpatrick Hills, Overtoun Estate, Lang Craigs, Garscadden, Boden Boo, Johnstone Woods, Cuningar, Auchenshuggle, Cathkin Braes, Castlemilk, Easterhouse, Rawyards, Old Mine Nature Park and Riccard Johnston.
3. To find out where your nearest woodland is, what it offers, access and parking, and events and activities visit the website at  You can also find regular updates on the Commonwealth Woods facebook page or @Legacy14woods

4. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0300 067 6508.