Landfill site transformed into new woodland for the Linwood community

An unwelcoming landfill site has been transformed into an accessible community woodland in Linwood as part of a Forestry Commission Scotland project.

Members of the public had expressed concerns over the safety and overall aesthetics of the woodland.

The Commission has developed the site for over two years, completing a number of enhancing works to ensure better accessibility for the new recreation amenities for those living in nearby communities.

The site’s restoration has seen the existing 3.5km path routes cleared of overhanging branches and resurfaced to make it suitable for wheelchairs and push chairs.  A new picnic area has been installed alongside willow woven sculptures and chainsaw carvings to improve the visual appeal of Linwood.

A natural play trail with balance beams, stepping stones and leap frogs has been fitted to encourage children’s outdoor play. The trail follows a short loop path to allow parents to walk alongside on the surfaced path.

At the end of the project, the Commission will hand back the site to Renfrewshire Council but continue to work with community groups to manage future events at Linwood Wood.

Chris Wood, Work Supervisor, Forestry Commission Scotland commented:

“We’ve been working with the local community and gaining their input into the restoration of Linwood community woods.

“We’ve had a fantastic response from locals now using the woods on a daily basis to get some fresh air, walk their dogs, bring their children to play and to enjoy the wildlife from the woodland which is on their doorstep. There is a great enthusiasm and spirit around Linwood and I hope this will continue to grow.”

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 Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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