Hold your own Olympics in the woodlands

Forestry Commission Scotland is encouraging everyone to celebrate Team GB by holding their own Olympics in the woodlands this summer.

Now that the Olympics is over we all have that feeling that maybe it is time to take part in some physical activities in celebration and awe of our wonderful Team GB. 

Keeping fit and healthy has become increasingly popular in recent years, and one of the best places to push yourself to keep active is in your local woodland. There are over 300 events involved in the Olympics many of which can be tried and tested in your local woodlands to help bring out your inner athlete.

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

“Keeping fit and being involved in a sporting activity has many health benefits and is thought to reduce the risk of many illnesses. We are all proud of Team GB’s achievements in Rio 2016, and we thought it would be good to encourage the community in their local Commonwealth woodland to continue the spirit of the 2016 Olympics as well as the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth games.”

Whether you believe you are the next Mo Farah and aiming to win the next 10,000m Gold medal at the Olympics or you simply like to go for a relaxing jog the woodlands are the best place to practice.

Each of the woods in and around Glasgow have many paths, long, short, uphill and downhill that are available for any keen runner. Running is beneficial whether you are doing it competitively, for fitness or for fun, as it is known to help with sleep problems, boost concentration and strengthen joints and bones.

If you were inspired by Callum Skinner, who won Gold in the team sprint, and want to follow in his footsteps, there are two great cycling areas at Cuningar Loop and Cathkin Braes. Cuningar Loop boasts an outdoor bike pump track and Cathkin Braes operates a mountain biking facility if you are looking for something more challenging.

If Charlotte Dujardin was your Olympic hero after winning Gold in the individual dressage with her horse Blueberry, then why not use your local woodland as a practice ground. Riding improves balance, coordination and can create a great bond between rider and horse as well as being a sociable sport that can be enjoyed with friends.  

Hugh continues: “The Commonwealth Woods are a legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and they all have their own defining features that encourage people of all ages to get active. We’re sure the recent success of Team GB at Rio will inspire a whole new active generation.”

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland 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. 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.
  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.