Forest Enterprise Scotland Completes Phase One of Greenoakhill Development

The first phase of Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Greenoakhill development, transforming the landfill site into an urban community woodland, has been completed.

The southern part of the site will be fully accessible to local communities, walkers, runners, school groups, families, cyclists, and dog walkers to enjoy the restored green space from Autumn 2017 with some areas already accessible. The northern part of the site will be accessible by prior arrangement with Forest Enterprise Scotland.

Greenoakhill is a long-term partnership project between Forest Enterprise Scotland, Patersons of Greenoakhill, LandTrust and Central Scotland Green Network Trust, which will fully restore the 100 hectares of landfill and recycling site into an urban woodland for residents of Baillieston, Broomhouse, Carmyle, Garrowhill, Mount Vernon and Shettleston. 

Forest Enterprise Scotland Project Manager for Greenoakhill, Colin Peacock, said: “We’re over the moon to complete this phase of the project, the public can begin to use it as their own community greenspace.  We have worked tirelessly on this project; new trees have been planted and new paths lain for everyone to enjoy.

“This is just the first stage of the project completed and we will continue to work on the northern side which will develop fully over next 10 years.  As landfilling comes to an end, we will work on restoring further areas across the site.”

Stephen Rees from LandTrust, comments: “LandTrust is delighted to see the first stage of this urban woodland being completed after many years of planning. The urban woodland will provide a valuable amenity to the local community which will be enjoyed by its users and future generations as the woodland develops and expands.”

Estate Director at Patersons of Greenoakhill, Kemp Lindsey, adds: “Patersons has been keen to restore its landfill site at Greenoakhill to a community woodland for over a decade and is now delighted that this ambition is finally coming to fruition. The creation of an urban woodland at Greenoakhill will be a fitting final chapter for the landfill site, one that will provide a lasting legacy for the public and all the local communities that surround it.”

Located five miles east of Glasgow city centre, Greenoakhill aims to re-create a community connection with the landscape and will create a greenway to Glasgow from the M74.  Split by the M74 and bounded by the River Clyde in the south, the site will be transformed into a community woodland for recreational and educational use creating a great natural asset and focal point for local communities. 

For more information on Greenoakhill and how to get involved, please contact Alistair Whyte at Forest Enterprise Scotland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  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.