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Great news! As part of our Access to Nature work, which aims to make Cumbernauld’s green spaces more accessible for everyone, work is due to start on improving the paths through Seafar Woods and Ravenswood. The work has been funded primarily by the Campsies Centre. This is what we are planning:

Seafar Wood path upgrades

Managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Seafar Wood is a relatively young strip of woodland west of Cumbernauld Village, on the doorstep of many people’s homes. The woodland habitat is still developing and clusters of bluebells and other woodland flowers are already established, popular with butterflies and damselflies in summer. Areas of scrub and remnants of agricultural hedgerows provide vital habitats for birds.

There a number of paths that allow people to enjoy the woods, but the entrances to the paths, and their condition in some places, needs work to improve access for people of all abilities.

Allannfaulds Rd before image
Part of the existing path from Allanfaulds Road © Fiona McGrevey/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Braeface Road before work done
The path from Braeface Road before work has started. © Fiona McGrevey/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Part of the existing path between Old Glasgow Road and Newslands Place © Fiona McGrevey/Scottish Wildlife Trust

This project will improve the entrances to the paths at Allanfauld Road, Newslands Place and Braeface Road, including measures to prevent track-bike access, and will also improve the path surfaces. Project lead organisation North Lanarkshire Council has appointed a contractor to carry out the work between 27/11/2020 and 30/12/2020.

There will be some pruning of vegetation and removal of dead trees at these sites to improve line of sight and to make the pathways more accessible.

If you have any queries about this work please direct them to North Lanarkshire Council, who are leading on the project, at

Braeface Rd map of access work

 

Allanfaulds Rd access work map

 

Old Glasgow Rd access work map

 

Ravenswood Path upgrades

Managed by North Lanarkshire Council, Ravenswood is a rich mosaic of open marsh, meadow, grassland, wildlife ponds and woodland. You can spot wildlife all year-round including insects, song birds, diving birds and mammals. There is an ‘outdoor classroom’ at the main entrance, created by our Nature Ninjas and Wild Ways Well participants.

This project will link Ravenswood LNR to Our Lady’s High School and unlock the site as a great spot for outdoor learning. At present the entrance to the site is often very muddy and boggy, and the path upgrade and improved drainage will make this area more accessible for everyone.

Part of the Ravenswood path that will be improved. © Fiona McGrevey/Scottish Wildlife Trust

The improvements to the path will be complemented by the actions of the Nature Ninjas volunteers and practical conservation sessions with young people who will help maintain them.

Project lead organisation North Lanarkshire Council has appointed a contractor to carry out the work between 27/11/2020 and 30/12/2020.

There will be some pruning of vegetation and removal of dead trees at these sites to improve line of sight and to make the pathways more accessible.

If you have any queries about this work please direct them to North Lanarkshire Council, who are leading on the project, at

Ravenswood access work map

Thanks to the Campsies Centre for funding these projects:

Everyone should feel welcome in our town’s greenspaces © Pidgin Perfect

 


Sue Walker