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Grant funding will help improvements at key Cumbernauld woodland walks

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:04 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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Grant kicks off Cumbernauld Living Landscape projects. Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

THREE of Cumbernauld’s distinct family friendly woodland routes have received a helping hand, after the Scottish Wildlife Trust was awarded nearly £30,000 by North Lanarkshire Environmental Key Fund - which fund projects through the Landfill Communities Fund - to create a linked network of walking and cycling trails at its Northside Wood Wildlife Reserve in Seafar, as part of the Cumbernauld Living Landscape. 

The new funding will help make the woodland more accessible to walkers, runners and cyclists, and will build upon previous work, which helped to make the woods a more enjoyable place to visit – work which was well received by neighbouring residents and visitors.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust has said that the work will result in improved routes; meaning they will be safer for visitors and increase the number of people visiting and using the reserve, as well as encouraging people to stick to paths and avoid disturbing ground nesting birds and other wildlife, which includes sparrowhawk, buzzard, red fox and roe deer. 

The Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserves Manager for Cumbernauld Greenspaces, Duncan Clark, said: “This funding announcement is great news for the Cumbernauld Living Landscape and the people of Cumbernauld.”

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North Lanarkshire Environmental Key Fund’s grant now means that Scottish Wildlife Trust will be able to upgrade nearly 1 km of helix trail and join up into the existing spine track to improve access for people travelling between Cumbernauld town centre, Cumbernauld Village and Cumbernauld Glen Wildlife Reserve, without ever having to cross any major roads.

Mr Clark continued: “It will increase the connectivity within greenspaces and allow people to get out and enjoy the beautiful woodlands that Cumbernauld has to offer.”

Seafar’s Northside Wood Wildlife Reserve is a of a large length, and is a greenspace which is very rarely seen in towns across the central belt, with the Scottish Wildlife Trust reiterating that they are very proud to be working with North Lanarkshire Council to enhance the Core Path Network.

Mr Clark added: “The Cumbernauld Living Landscape wants to thank the North Lanarkshire Environmental Key Fund for giving the Scottish Wildlife Trust the means to upgrade the Core Path Network at Northside Wood Wildlife Reserve.”

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