Ex-landfill site turns over a new leaf

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Left to right: Ian Manson (Chief Executive, Clyde Gateway), Humza Yousaf (Transport Minister) and Stuart Chalmers (Forest Enterprise Scotland)


An abandoned landfill site on the River Clyde has been transformed into an active “woodland retreat” and is expected to welcome 120,000 visitors this year. 

Cuningar Loop Woodland Park is the size of 15 football pitches and boasts biking and walking loops, adventure play areas and Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering facilities.

The park creates a vibrant accessible greenspace for the communities in Dalmarnock and Rutherglen to enjoy.

The £9.3 million Commonwealth Games Legacy project has been managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland and Clyde Gateway, with the support of many partners. 

Marking Cuningar Loop’s official opening during a visit today, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:

“This project is a great example of how you can turn an unused landfill site into a thriving woodland retreat for local people.

“By working in partnership, the communities around South Lanarkshire and the east end of Glasgow now have better access to good quality greenspace, right on their doorstep.

“Cuningar Loop is one big woodland adventure and is helping to get people active whilst building stronger communities at the same time.”

Many years ago, the site was used for quarrying and mining before turning into a landfill site for rubble from the Gorbals demolition. To help green up the area, over 15,000 trees and shrubs have been planted.

Stuart Chalmers, Forest District Manager with Forest Enterprise Scotland added:

“We’re really pleased that Cuningar Loop has been such a big hit with local people. The emphasis has always been to make the park a welcoming and active place for all to visit.

“A key ingredient to this success has been working with community groups and partner organisations – something which we will build on for the future.”

Artists in residence Rob Mullholland and James Winnett helped bring the woodland park to life with sculptures and unique artwork.

Another key feature of Cuningar Loop is the new purpose built bridge, which connects the park to the former Commonwealth Games athletes’ village. This housing forms one of the communities which regularly use the park for recreation.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said:

“For Clyde Gateway, this is regeneration.

“The quality and variety of facilities in the park are proving to be amazingly popular with local residents and those from further afield, with the visitor numbers up there with some of the best-known attractions in and around the city.”

Cuningar Loop Woodland Park forms a key part of the wider economic regeneration of the Glasgow and South Lanarkshire area. It is one of 14 Commonwealth Woodlands around Glasgow.

The park’s development is also part of the Scottish Government’s Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) project which is boosting economic regeneration and making the central belt a more attractive place to live in, do business and visit.


Notes to News editors

  1. Partners who worked with Forest Enterprise Scotland and Clyde Gateway to create Cuningar Loop Woodland Park include: South Lanarkshire Council, Glasgow City Council, Creative Scotland, NHS Scotland and Sportscotland, Health N Happy, PEEK, Play Scotland, Cycle Scotland and Climb Scotland. Robertson Construction was the main contractor supervising the construction.

2.      Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Senior Media Manager, Forestry Commission Scotland 07771 730 509 or 0300 067 6508.