Greening of former landfill site sees it join forces with existing park

A FORMER landfill site near Glasgow has been ‘greened’ and joined to a 12-hectare park.

In total, eight hectares of “vacant and inaccessible former landfill” has been added to the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, which is described as the largest park in what is known as the Clyde Gateway, covering a stretch of land between the east end of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.

The new, £3.16m extension includes 1,722 metres of footpaths and an extension to [a River Clyde] walkway, a teaching amphitheatre created with tree trunks, 167 specimen trees and 11,000 square metres of wildflower meadow and grassland.

Says the Scottish Government agency, NatureScot, here: “The major extension has been supported by the Scottish Government’s Clyde Mission, which contributed £2.3m as part of its wider aim to revive the Clyde corridor and rejuvenate the local economy. 

“This was in addition to Green Infrastructure funding from NatureScot, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and part of a wider £15 million investment in urban Scotland (as noted, here).”

Picture credit: Keith Hunter Photography

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