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Glasgow's newest community woodland and wildlife haven

Greenoakhill

A new community woodland and wildlife haven

Experience the transformation of a former landfill site into a green oasis on the edge of Glasgow. The first phase of the restored site is now open,with newly planted trees, paths and benches.

Wander through the newly planted woodland overlooking the banks of the River Clyde, spot birds and butterflies, and enjoy being in on the start of an exciting project.

Find out more about Greenoakhill in our paths and access leaflet (PDF 160KB).


Walking Viewpoint

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


History

Ten years after quarrying began on former farm land in Mount Vernon in 1948, landfilling began on the site which continues to the present day. Work to restore the site to woodland by Forest Enterprise Scotland on the site started in 2010, with the planting and installation of paths on the sections south of the M74. Then, in 2016, a path connecting the sections on the south side was installed around the lagoons whilst, north of the motorway, new trees were planted.

Marriage Well

The site is believed to have been home to an historic Marriage Well, described below:

"In Kenmuir, on the banks of the Clyde near Carmyle, it was traditional for the couple to visit the 'Marriage Well' on the day after their wedding. The well – really a spring - is said to have taken its name from two trees that grew over it, the branches intertwining, and the couple, and their wedding guests, drank a pledge to the couple, "in the draughts of its sparkling water."

Future Developments

Working in partnership with Patersons of Greenoakhill, we'll be helping restore the site to woodland over the next 10-15 years. The pace of development will depend on remaining landfilling on site and the availability of funding. A concept masterplan (PDF 160KB) has been developed and shows the community focus to the east of the site, with a preference for woodland planting to the west.

The south side of the site is now open for the public to enjoy, through gates at Daldowie and Carmyle. Public access to the remainder Greenoakhill will be introduced in phases in the coming years.

We will be working with the local community, local schools and nurseries and will also holding open days and volunteer events. Keep an eye on this webpage for further details.

 

Contact: Scottish Lowlands Forest District

Address: Five Sisters House, Five Sisters Business Park, West Calder

Postcode: EH55 8PN

Telephone: 0300 067 6700

Email: scottishlowlands@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

Daldowie Entrance: Following signs for Daldowie Crematorium just before you reach the entrance to the Crematorium, take a right and head along the road for approximately 125m. You will see the entrance to the site on your right.

Carmyle Entrance: There is a gate to the south west of the site, which gives access towards Carmyle. Access to the site is over privately owned informal trails, so we're afraid a high standard of path cannot be guaranteed.

Hamilton Road Entrance: Site access on Hamilton Road just west of The Mailcoach. To arrange access please contact our District Office (see below).

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Public transport

Trains between Glasgow Central Lower Level and Motherwell pass through Carmyle (for Carmyle Entrance) and Mount Vernon (for Hamilton Road Entrance), both of which are within walking distance of Greenoakhill. There are also numerous bus services which travel along Hamilton Road which skirts the north side of Greenoakhill. You'll find service details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

At Auchenshuggle you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy a picnic or a stroll around pretty little Auchenshuggle Wood, a community woodland in Tollcross.

Cuningar Loop is another new and exciting woodland park on the banks of the Clyde, featuring lots of paths, a bike skills area, an adventure play park and Scotland's first outdoor bouldering park.

Old Mine Nature Park at Bellshill is fast growing into a lovely woodland as nature reclaims this old industrial site.


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