Enjoy the Commonwealth Woods this Winter

Forestry Commission Scotland is encouraging people across Glasgow to wrap up warm and explore their local Commonwealth Wood this winter.

There are 14 Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow within easy reach of many towns and each woodland offers something unique for winter activities, from walking and cycling to bouldering and mountain biking. 
Studies show that enjoying a brisk walk in the outdoors can have a positive impact on mental health.  It is a great way to keep the family active and take a break from technology, as well as a relaxing break from the chaos that Christmas brings.

Hugh McNish, Social Programme Manager, Forestry Commission Scotland, said:

“Many people tend to avoid the outdoors during the winter months.  However, it is such a beautiful season, with bare branches, wet woodlands and frost creating beautiful scenes, it would be sad to miss it.”

Hugh has offered his recommendations for walks this winter:

•         If you or a member of your family are a keen photographer, Boden Boo is a great walk to get a perfect landscape image. The woodland lies on the south side of the River Clyde and stretches towards the old Erskine Harbour. Boden Boo has a large grassy picnic area so a winter warming picnic would be the perfect addition to this wander.

•         To enjoy great views of Glasgow or a glimpse of wildlife during winter, visit Easterhouse. There are many different paths for walking as this forest is split into five woodlands: Cardowan Moss Local Nature Reserve, West Marystron, Todds Well, Bishop’s Loch Local Nature Reserve and Lochend Burn. 

•         Take yourself away from the routine of the gym and hop on your bike to exercise. Cuningar Loop’s bike pump track is great for people of all ages with a wide range of abilities. There are three different tracks available: balance bike, pump and skill building. It is fun to exercise in a different environment just remember to wrap up warm.

•         Visit Rawyards woods located between Airdriehill street and Burnhead Road and find the six-metre-high sculpture named Skytower. The sculpture was created by artist Rob Mulholland and is made up of thousands of individually shaped and welded pieces that represent sticks and willow.
Forestry Commission Scotland’s top tips for enjoying a winter walk are:

•         Wrap up warm - aim to wear three layers as it is better to have and not need.

•         Plan your route – the Forestry Commission Scotland website has details on all the paths on each of the sites.

•         Bring water – exercise is dehydrating.

•         Winter days are shorter - check when the sun is due to set as you don’t want to be caught in the dark.

•         Check the forecast – Scotland’s weather can be precarious especially in winter. Snow, rain, mist, fog and even strong winds can make a walk both difficult and dangerous.

Hugh Continues: “We hope everyone takes at least one day out of their busy Christmas schedule to use their local woodland to their advantage, whether it is to go for a refreshing morning walk or to keep the kids occupied with exciting activities.”

The Commonwealth Woods are a legacy project of the 2014 Commonwealth Games lead by Forestry Commission Scotland. All of the woods have a network of well-maintained paths that are popular with locals and hold many fun events for all the family.

For more information on any of the Commonwealth Woods visit: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  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.
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