Schools to name woodland

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PUPILS at nine local schools have been asked to come up with a name for a new woodland area which will benefit residents in the Bellshill and Viewpark areas.

Forestry Commission Scotland is developing a woodland for North and South Lanarkshire communities, and has invited local primary schools to enter a competition to suggest its new name.

Close to homes in Fallside and Bothwell, Bothwell Park Road runs through the middle of the site and a small woodland south of the site is called Bothwell Park Wood. It is anticipated that residents from Uddingston, Orbiston, Bellshill, Tannochside and Viewpark will also access the new woodland.

Previously used for industrial and commercial purpose, the site has been vacant and derelict for many years but the commission has carried out extensive work to make the site safe and accessible as a recreational space.

Nine local primary schools have been invited to take part in the competition with Lawmuir, Sacred Heart, John Paul II, Aitkenhead and Bothwell Primary Schools already confirming participation.

Community engagement ranger Julie Hamilton said the new name will be unveiled at an official opening event in April.