Youngsters launch Commonwealth Woods medal routes in Easterhouse

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4 MARCH 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16185

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Youngsters and community groups have launched the Commonwealth Woods Medal Routes at Bishop Loch in Easterhouse today (Tuesday, 4 March).

Pupils from St Benedict’s Primary School and local walking groups are taking part in a series of short walking routes of different lengths at the wood - bronze (15mins), silver (30mins) and gold (60mins).

Bishop Loch is one of five woods in Easterhouse, which are part of a network of 14 Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy free events and activities to get active, learn or just have fun.

It has been created as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy to encourage people to get outdoors, foster community pride in local green spaces and improve the quality of life for local communities.

Ros Mills, Commonwealth Woods Walking Development Officer, said: “The Commonwealth Woods project has teamed up with Ramblers Scotland’s Medal Routes Legacy Project to create a series of short walks at Bishop Loch. This is a fun activity for all the family that will help us deliver a lasting legacy of the Games by encouraging people to visit their local wood and complete a medal route walk.

“It’s a good way to spend time with your family and become familiar with your local wood and learn about the trees and wildlife.”

Local health groups and the wider community are invited to try the medal routes. A free leaflet and map with directions of the gold, silver and bronze walking routes is available from The Bridge Community Centre at Bishop Loch in Easterhouse or to download at

Commonwealth Games and Sports Minister Shona Robison, said: “It’s an exciting time as we count down and prepare to host the largest sporting and cultural event in Scotland’s history, the Commonwealth Games. It’s important that we embrace the Games in years to come and ensure it delivers a lasting legacy that brings health benefits to people across Scotland.

“These walking medal routes launched today will offer the opportunity for all the family to get active outdoors and explore their local woods. With now less than 150 days to go until the Games, venturing into the fresh air and taking part in something new can improve health and has a positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing.”

There are more than 200 Medal Routes in over 75 locations throughout Scotland.

Rob Burns, Medal Routes Project Officer for Ramblers Scotland, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people in the Easterhouse area try the Medal Routes. It’s a beautiful area and these three routes give a perfect opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy their local surroundings.”

The Commonwealth Woods network is a partnership project between Forestry Commission Scotland, 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.

There are dozens of free events and activities taking place at Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow. To find out where your nearest wood and information about other Commonwealth Woods medal route visit

Notes to editors

Medal Routes

There are more than 200 Medal Routes in over 75 locations throughout Scotland. To find a walking route near you visit

Commonwealth Woods

1. To find out where your nearest woodland is, what it offers, access and parking, and events and activities visit the website at  or the Facebook page @ Commonwealth Woods

3. 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.

4. Research was commissioned by BMG research in May 2013 among three sample woods in the Commonwealth Woods network: Castlemilk, Lang Craigs and Easterhouse.

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

6. For news, events and recreation information log on to For Twitter:       

7. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.

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9. It's not just about the elite athletes, it's about you.  There's more to the Games than just sport. 11 days of spectacular sport is delivering a lasting legacy across Scotland, which will continue long after the Games have gone.  The Games coming to Scotland provides an exceptional opportunity to make our nation healthier, help our businesses to prosper and celebrate our modern and vibrant culture both at home and on the world stage. Visit to find out what the Games can do for you. Legacy 2014.  Be part of it.