Pupils open new woodland

NATURAL BEAUTY: Lawmuir pupils officially unveil their winning name of Old Mine Nature Park.
NATURAL BEAUTY: Lawmuir pupils officially unveil their winning name of Old Mine Nature Park.

Primary 4 pupils from Bellshill’s Lawmuir Primary School unveiled their winning name for a new area of woodland last week.

The youngsters fought off stiff competition from other schools in the are when they idea ‘Old Mine Nature Park’ was chosen as the name for the newly developed area near Bothwell and Fallside.

And they were delighted to be involved in the formal opening ceremony last week when they unveiled a board bearing the new name to members of the public before taking part in a series of woodland games and activities.

The woodland area has been revamped by the Forestry Commission Scotland after lying derelict for many years.

Work to transform the eyesore site into a community facility has included the planting of 20,000 trees, the development of 2.5 kilometres of new footpaths and improved drainage.

The commission’s community engagement ranger Julie Hamilton said: “Pupils from a range of schools have been involved in the redevelopment of the site, from planting trees to learning about its industrial heritage.

“Having this new green space on their doorstep means they can continue to engage with their natural surroundings with support from Commission staff, their teachers and their families.

“The project is part of our on-going programme to help transform vacant sites into attractive woodland spaces and is part of the Year of Natural Scotland celebrations. We hope the new woodland will become a treasured green space.”