Become a friend of Cuningar Loop Woodland Park

Enjoy the final bursts of autumnal colour and crunchy fallen leaves and take part in the Friends of Cuningar Loop Conservation Day. 

Join the Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) team on Wednesday 21 November between 11am-2pm to help secure the young trees for winter. The team will be removing outgrown plastic tree tubes and securing vulnerable trees with new wooden stakes before winter winds hit the west coast.

Volunteers can also learn more about the Friends of Cuningar Loop group, which is being created to encourage use of the park for outdoor activities, events and woodland learning. Baltic Street Outdoor Playground, who use the wild spaces in the park every week with local nursery groups, will be supporting on the day.

Bridget Holtom, community ranger at Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “A woodland park as extensive as Cuningar Loop takes a lot of care and that’s why we are developing the ‘friends of’ initiative to encourage the community to support and look after their local greenspace. Except for the old willow trees at Cuningar, many trees in the woodland are still small and require attention and care. Visitors are encouraged to imagine the day when these trees reach their full maturity and transform the space once again.”

Volunteers are encouraged to wear warm clothes and bring a packed lunch along on the day. Tea, coffee and travel expenses will be provided. The car park is accessed via Downiebrae Road or visitors can walk across the bridge from Dalmarnock. The meeting point is by the Storytelling Chair at 11am.

Bridget adds: “Getting involved in a ‘friends of’ group in your local area is a great way to have fun, connect with neighbours and give something back to the community. By becoming a friend of a park such as Cuningar Loop, you become a steward for the plants and wildlife that prosper there, helping to ensure the environment is cared for and enjoyed by everyone for generations to come.”

The redevelopment of Cuningar Loop was management by FES in partnership with Clyde Gateway and now boasts a range of features such as an adventure park, bike pump track, bouldering zone and boardwalk and is a great day out for all the family.

If you are interested in getting involved more generally with conservation volunteering at Cuningar Loop, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0300 067 6700.

Event details:
Date: Wednesday 21 November 
Time: 11am – 2pm 
Location: Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, Downiebrae Road, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 1PW
Meeting point: The campfire by the Storytelling Chair 

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 agus bidh e a’ toirt seachad comhairle air poileasaidhean coilltearachd agus air riaghladh. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta as leth Ministearan na h-Alba.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forest Enterprise Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.