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Cumbernauld Living Landscape is working with North Lanarkshire Council to improve woodlands in selected locations across the town.
Although Cumbernauld is a very green town, many of its woodlands are densely populated with non-native trees. These don’t always provide ideal homes for wildlife. In some areas trees are also vulnerable to storm damage, creating a risk of harm to people and property.
Our woodland management projects will improve local habitat for wildlife, boost biodiversity and enhance the woodland for the benefit of people too. The work will mainly involve removing non-native trees and planting a selection of native species in their place. Some areas will be completely cleared for new planting, while in others the woodland will simply be thinned to create lighter, more open environments.
The improved woodland will create better homes for wildlife, providing more food and shelter for insects, birds and small mammals.The woodlands will become safer, more natural and attractive spaces for people to enjoy.
The first woodland management project is taking place at Broadwood. It aims to boost wildlife and enhance woodland adjacent to proposed access improvement projects. The project will improve the species diversity of the woodland, remove trees vulnerable to storm damage and increase the overall resilience of the woodlands near the popular recreational area at Broadwood Loch.
Thinning sections of trees will allow more light through the woodland canopy. This will increase the amount of ground plants which in turn will provide more food and protection for insects and small mammals. Tree thinning will also allow the remaining trees to become more robust and healthier which will reduce the risk of storm damage.
Felling will clear non-native coniferous trees and allow the replanting of native trees and shrubs. This will promote a wider range of tree species giving the woodlands increased diversity in the future. The current non-native coniferous woodlands support relatively little wildlife. Planting native broadleaves will provide better shelter, more food and a more varied habitat that our local wildlife prefers to live in.
The woodlands are very close to local path routes, houses and roads and their management will help them to be valued as an asset for local residents. Thinning work will open up the woodland edges making the woodland lighter and more attractive, and will help combat anti-social activity by encouraging more people to use the woodland and preventing areas becoming a ‘place to hide’. A more diverse woodland will encourage more wildlife for people to see and enjoy. In some areas the work will also reduce the risk of storm damage to property.
The ‘thinned’ areas shouldn’t look too different other than there will be more light coming through the trees. The ‘clear felled’ areas will have a much more noticeable change on the landscape. A variety of native broad-leaved trees will be planted, creating a lighter, more diverse woodland in years to come.
No, the woodland management work at this site has nothing to do with building houses.
Yes, the route around Broadwood Loch will remain open to pedestrian access however some footpaths within the woodlands will be closed for safety reasons due to forestry operations. There will be no public vehicle access to the car park from Monday – Friday while the works are carried out. Car park will re-open at weekends.
While work is ongoing some paths may be muddy and uneven under foot. Once work is complete paths will be reinstated and grass verges will be fully repaired.
Road closures and traffic management may be required to safely undertake tree removal along roadside verges.
The works within Broadwood Loch are anticipated to take 3-4 weeks, with the wider woodland improvements along Westfield Road and Craiglinn expected to be completed by the end of November.
The works may be temporary, but that’s only just the beginning: Cumbernauld’s woodlands need long-term management, and people to help take care of them. Contact us to find out more about volunteering opportunities near you.
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Have any questions about our woodland management plans? Want to know more? We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
If you have any concerns or complaints about current activity please contact North Lanarkshire Council at email@example.com