Gordon scoops award for disability work


Gordon Harper Awards web

Forestry Commission Scotland was announced the winner of the Urban Warriors Falkirk Awards for their outstanding contribution to community engagement and equal access for all at Callendar Park at Falkirk’s third Environmental Festival on 25th April 2015.

The award was organised by Urban Warriors in recognition of Forestry Commission Scotland community ranger at Callendar Wood, Gordon Harper, who was presented with a certificate of achievement in recognition of the empathy and support he has given to individuals and groups with a disability.

Urban Warriors also presented the Commission with the award in recognition of their engagement with community and disability groups. 

Commenting on being presented with the award, Gordon said:

“I’m delighted to receive this award and have thoroughly enjoyed working with a variety of groups to make Callendar Wood more accessible for all. 

“Both the Urban Warrior project and our Callendar Wood Volunteer Group are great opportunities for the community, regardless of age and ability, to get involved in their local woods, get their hands dirty and feel a sense of achievement.”

The Urban Warriors group have been working with the Commission as conservation volunteers since September 2014.
Sonia McLay, Founder, Urban Warriors, said:

“It has been a pleasure to work with Gordon Harper and Forestry Commission Scotland on both the Urban Warrior project and enhancing accessibility for all users.  We have been working together, along with other members of the disabled community in Falkirk for three years on projects, including the footpaths and trails at Callendar Wood, as well as our conservation volunteering project.

“These projects have enabled volunteers to develop new skills, expand the number of active volunteers and forge new friendships.  We look forward to our continued involvement with the Commission.”

Since spring 2013, Callendar Wood has undergone significant upgrades to improve access for people with disabilities and to encourage more people to enjoy their local woodland, including widening path, reducing steep inclines and gradients, creating resting places and laying smoother surfaces on a two mile stretch of trail that runs through the woodland and passes to Callendar House.

The Callendar Wood Volunteer Group is a monthly group, where volunteers have an opportunity to participate in a range of tasks at Callendar Wood, including litter picks and paths maintenance, as well as on-going, necessary work throughout the year.  The group meet on the last Thursday every month, from 10am to 3pm.   

For further information, please visit the Callendar Woods web pages or contact the Scottish Lowlands Forest District on 03000 676 700.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
    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.