Locals help to clean-up Old Mine Nature Park

Locals from Bellshill and the surrounding area took part in a day of woodland management tasks at Old Mine Nature Park on Sunday 21st June.

The Community Action Day allowed locals to get their hands dirty, taking part in woodland maintenance tasks to improve the overall cleanliness and aesthetics of the popular park. 

Regular dog-walkers and local people walked the path network clearing litter from the walkways and drainage ditches. The event is part of a wider plan to get local people who use the park taking action against anti-social behaviour.

Julie Wilson, Community Ranger for Forestry Commission Scotland said: “The Community Action Day was a great opportunity for locals to work with Commission staff to clean-up and care for the park.  It’s a popular site, fantastic for walking, cycling and jogging and we need to ensure it is kept looking beautiful.

“Local police came along to the event to advise locals on responsible use of the site and to make sure the park is being used correctly. The police encouraged community ownership for the park and gave local people confidence in how to take action against any anti-social behaviour such as littering and graffiti.”

David Bellingham, Lanarkshire Division North, Community Policing said: 

"The day at the Old Mine Nature Park was well attended by the local community. Police Scotland is committed to working with our partners to enhance areas such like these and provide the local community with a safe environment. I would like to thank the Forestry Commission for the hard work on the day and their continued work in this area of Uddingston." 

Old Mine Nature Park is located just off New Edinburgh Road, Fallside.

Old Mine Nature Park is a Commonwealth Wood, a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games for generations of people to enjoy.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.