Local youngsters work to upgrade North Calder Heritage Trail

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9 JULY 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15988

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Young unemployed people from North Lanarkshire, who are working on Forestry Commission Scotland's Skills Programme, have made significant upgrades to the North Calder Heritage Trail for the benefit of the local community.

Forestry Commission Scotland partnered with North Lanarkshire Council to fund significant upgrades to the trail at Wester Moffat woodland, which included opening up views by thinning foliage and improvements to paths to make the site more accessible.

The Skills Programme in the area is run for the Commission by Action for Children, and gives young unemployed people important skills and experience to help them find jobs.

Peter Mitchell from Forestry Commission Scotland commented:

“This was a major partnership project, involving three organisations. The Commission project managing it all, Action for Children sourcing the young people to work on the site and funding coming jointly from the Commission and North Lanarkshire Council.

“It's a great example of joint expertise coming together for the benefit of the local community, both in their improved woodland trail and the skills passed on to the Action for Children group. The results are fantastic.”

A spokesperson from North Lanarkshire Council Environmental Services added: “The improvements to the North Calder Heritage Trail have been very successful. A section of the trail had been badly eroded by last year's poor weather and we felt that this partnership approach would really benefit the local community who use the site.”

“The route has been dramatically improved and the added benefits for health and well being of local people are really positive.”

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. 


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