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Heritage and nature park progress report

Words: Laura Edgar
Drumpellier Park

A progress report on plans to create a new heritage and nature park in Scotland has been submitted to Glasgow City Council’s Sustainability and the Environment Policy Committee (pdf).

The £6.5 million Seven Lochs Wetland Park scheme will bring together 20 square kilometres of lochs, parks, nature reserves and woodlands between Glasgow and Coatbridge.

Glasgow City Council is leading a partnership of North Lanarkshire Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and The Conservation Volunteers Scotland to develop the park.

The proposals set out how the area’s “heritage buildings and wildlife habitats could be protected, improved and brought together to create a new attraction of national significance”.

Key elements of the project include developing:

• Core walking and cycling routes that will link Hogganfield Park to Drumpellier Park in North Lanarkshire.

• Feeder paths that link communities and proposed new residential area to the core route.

• Gateway access points at Hogganfield, Drumpellier, Glenboig and Provan Hall.

• Habitat creation and peatland restoration

• Opportunities for training and volunteering.

Currently, the project has development funding worth £265,000 from a first-round Heritage Lottery (HFL) grant. Work, including planning and costing of individual site and thematic projects, is being undertaken to prepare a second-round application for £4.2 million over a five-year period.

Maureen Burke, chair of the partnership, said: “The HLF funding is crucial. We want to highlight the fantastic range of history and nature in the area and are working hard to make sure our application is successful.”

Scott Ferguson, Seven Lochs project co-ordinator with the partnership, added: “The Seven Lochs area is one of the most important places for heritage and wildlife in our area. The creation of a new visitor attraction, linked to ongoing regeneration in communities around the park, is a great opportunity to bring a range of benefits to people living in and around the park."

Image courtesy of Stephen Hynds