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CUMBERNAULD SCHOOLS BENEFIT FROM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT GRANTS

COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING EVENTS

COUNTRYSIDE USER SURVEY FOR FALKIRK

GOLD CORPORATE MEMBERS

COMPUTERS FOR SCHOOLS

PLAQUE UNVEILED AT COMMUNITY WOODLAND

NATURE PARK GROUP CASHES IN ON £1,000 LOTTERY GRANT

£500 GRANT FOR WOODLAND PARK GROUP

ARMADALE ROUND TOWN WALK, VIDEO AND LEAFLETS


















CUMBERNAULD SCHOOLS BENEFIT FROM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT GRANTS

GRANTS from CSCT have made the outlook greener for two Cumbernauld schools.

Tree-trunk seats have been installed at St Joseph’s primary, Carbrain, and a pixie wood created for the children to enjoy and use for outdoor classroom activities.

The improvements were funded by a £200 award from the Trust’s community projects fund.

Another £200 grant has helped the children at Carbrain Primary plant a small garden with seats. They planned the work themselves and the cash will also help with maintenance costs.

The Cragieburn Family Partnership - an alliance of parents, teachers, pupils and a project officer, Ann McCulloch - worked to bring the schemes to fruition.

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COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING EVENTS

EASTFIELD and Harthill residents have been helping to create a community woodland for the benefit of local people and wildlife.

A tree planting event was held on April 18 when CSCT community liaison officer Glenn Rudman revealed plans for wildflower planting, developing a pond and footpaths on the site.

Views from the 17 hectare site at Eastfield extend to Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh and as far as Ben Lomond on a clear day.

Meanwhile, residents living near a new woodland nature haven on the edge of Cumbernauld have been adding the finishing touches to it.

Mosswater Wood, close to the community of Blackwood on the fringe of the North Lanarkshire town, has been completed to improve the environment for local people and wildlife.

More than 20,000 trees have been planted on the site, which covers around 40 acres in total and incorporates an open wetland area of special benefit to birds.

The tree planting event allowed residents to get involved in planting the last 300 trees.

Glenn Rudman said the intention was to give people a sense of ownership in the woodland, which will mature and attract more wildlife in time.

The site, owned by North Lanarkshire Council, also includes a former coal bing. The trees planted on it are mostly native broadleaves such as birch, ash and alder, together with some Scots pine.

A circular footpath on part of the woodland area will allow residents to take leisurely strolls and enjoy the trees as they grow.

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COUNTRYSIDE USER SURVEY FOR FALKIRK

A MAJOR survey has been held to discover how people use the countryside south of Falkirk.

The £4,000 study, commissioned by CSCT in co-operation with Falkirk Council and Callendar Estate, is designed to discover how extensively walkers, horse riders and cyclists use the area.

Mainly owned by the estate, the land is partly agricultural, interspersed with open ground and woodland.

The survey partners are keen to learn more about how people take recreation in the area already and how they would like to see it made more readily available. Callendar Estate supports encouraging responsible access.

To gather information for analysis, researchers spoke to a broad cross section of people in Tamfourhill, Bantaskin, Slamannan Road and Lionthorn Estate.

As well as knocking on doors, they held two public meetings – one at Tamfourhill Community Centre and the other at Woodlands High School.

Conor Lanigan, community liaison officer with the CSCT, said: "Our aim is to find out from as many people as possible, right across the age range from teenagers to pensioners, what they presently use the countryside for, and what they would ideally like given the opportunity."

Conor added the survey would help to formulate ideas about future recreational use of Falkirk’s countryside.

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GOLD CORPORATE MEMBERS

RESTAURANT owner Carlo Guidi has a heart of gold – or certainly when it comes to planting trees he does.

Mr Guidi would like to see a lot more of them in Scotland and he has donated £1,000 to help make it happen around the area where his Airdrie bar and restaurant is based.

The restaurateur, who runs the popular Guidi’s Trattoria in the town, has signed up as CSCT’s first gold corporate member.

Mr Guidi first came to know about the Trust when he took advantage of help through its Brighter Business scheme to landscape the car park outside his Deedes Street premises.

He said: "I have a very soft spot for tree planting in the whole of Scotland. I think it’s something the environment could do with, so I didn’t have to think twice about signing up for corporate membership of the trust because I do appreciate the environmental work it is trying to do."

Originally from Glasgow’s East End, Mr Guidi has been running the bar attached to the restaurant for the past 17 years. It was around five years ago that he decided to add on the trattoria.

Another company which has a longstanding relationship with CSCT in helping the Central Scotland Forest flourish, has also become a gold corporate member.

Swiss Combi Technology produces biogran, a dry soil conditioner manufactured from sewage sludge in a thermal drying process.

A highly cost effective method of improving soil fertility and growing trees in poor quality ground, it has been used successfully on a number of sites where the Trust has undertaken restoration work.

Kingshill and Benhar Bring in Lanarkshire, Westrigg Bing and Caputhall Woodland in West Lothian are a few examples.

Swiss Combi product sales manager Dave Clasby said: "Becoming a gold corporate member of the Trust will help to repay some of the support and confidence CSCT has shown this company by choosing Biogran. We are confident that it will help the restoration of many more sites in the future."

CSCT’s corporate membership scheme gives businesses the opportunity to show that they care for their environment.

Contributions start from £250, which will pay for the planting and five-year maintenance of £125 trees.

A contribution of the level Mr Guidi and Swiss Combi have made can, for example, fund the creation of 70 metres of new footpath or cycleway.

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COMPUTERS FOR SCHOOLS

FOUR primary schools have been presented with personal computers by CSCT.

Dykehead, Stane, Allanton and St Patrick’s, all close to the Trust’s Shotts headquarters, were each given three PCs with a total value of £1,500.

Mark Smillie, CSCT’s finance and IT manager, who made the presentations, said: "These machines have become available through an upgrade of the Trust’s computer network and we are delighted that some productive use can be made of them.

"We are only too pleased that four local primary schools have taken advantage of our offer to donate the PCs and we hope they will be of benefit in helping pupils get to grips with computer technology.

"The Trust is only too well aware of how difficult it can be for schools to find the money necessary to buy this kind of equipment, and we would urge other companies in a similar situation to ourselves to consider a donation of this kind."

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PLAQUE UNVEILED AT COMMUNITY WOODLAND

A LASTING reminder of the birth of a new woodland has been unveiled at Scotland’s first gun-free village.

It was a year ago that the people of Blackridge, in West Lothian, turned out in force to plant trees at Kirkwood Community Woodland.

Named after a local farmer who provided the land, the four hectare wood is now beginning to show signs of growth.

It was established after consultation with the Blackridge community by CSCT and is being looked after by residents, who formed a support group to keep a watchful eye on its progress.

More than 100 of them attended a planting day last year to put the trees in the ground.

They dedicated the young saplings to members of their families. Amongst the dedications was one by Ann Pearston, of the anti-gun Snowdrop Campaign, set up following the Dunblane tragedy.

One year on, a plaque recording all the dedications has been unveiled at the site by Councillor Duncan Maclean, of West Lothian Council. An interpretation board explaining features of the site has also been established.

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NATURE PARK GROUP CASHES IN ON £1,000 LOTTERY GRANT

A GREEN oasis in a housing estate on the edge of Bathgate has cashed in on a grant of almost £1,400 from the National Lottery.

The grant follows an application for funding by the dedicated group of volunteers that runs Little Boghead Nature Park.

With its trees and ponds, the three hectare nature park alongside Whiteside Industrial Estate provides a valuable resource both for local people and as a wildlife haven.

It was established around eight years ago after key contact with CSCT.

The Lottery cash will enable the management group to buy tools for use in maintaining the park, and also to pay for signs and an interpretation board.

Annie O’Kane, Trust community liaison officer for West Lothian, who maintains contact with the management group, said of the grant: "This is great news for the hard-working people who give their time freely to look after this nature park.

"The group has grown in strength to the point where it now has 12 active members. They care for what really is a little green oasis in a heavily built-up area."

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£500 GRANT FOR WOODLAND PARK GROUP

A GROUP of dedicated volunteers who look after a woodland park in Lesmahagow have received a £500 cash boost from CSCT to help their efforts.

The money will be used mainly to clear undergrowth and provide a clear view of an attractive waterfall in the park.

Galrig Gorge waterfall cascades for 30ft over rocks. It can be seen from a circular path through the woodland but the park group decided work was needed to cut back overgrown vegetation, giving walkers a much better line of sight to the scenic fall.

The grant aid will also be used to construct a gateway, formalising access into the woodland park.

The Trust’s Glenn Rudman, who has been working closely with the volunteers, said: "The park was established several years ago. Since then it has developed into an excellent resource for the community and for wildlife, thanks to some first class management work by these enthusiastic people.

"We are more than pleased to be able to help out with this grant, which comes from a community projects fund we launched in September last year."

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ARMADALE ROUND TOWN WALK VIDEO AND LEAFLETS

The History of Armadale Association has produced a video called "A Daunder Round Armadale" with an information leaflet to promote the Armadale Round Town Walk.

This path network which CSCT has helped to establish includes fifteen sites of particular interest to visit around the village.

To obtain a copy of the video or leaflet contact Mrs Betty Hunter, Armadale Library, West Main Street, Armadale. 01501 678400

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