A good news story for Blantyre’s woodlands. Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) and South Lanarkshire Council have just completed work on a woodland creation project at the edge of Blantyre Parish, to enhance the environmental and landscape quality of the area.
The new Trough Linn woodland, located on the edge of the Rotten Calder, near Laighlyock Farm, spans an 18.86 hectare site which comprises of almost 38,000 broadleaved and coniferous trees, including Juniper and Aspen due to their priority species status in the area. The project also involved the removal of stands of non-native conifers from the mature woodland in nearby Calderglen Country Park to enable re-planting with native species.
The project has the aim of extending the woodland habitat network and increasing the biodiversity value of the local area. The planting has also opened up the possibility for the future extension of the path network from the neighbouring Calderglen Country Park which if bridged at this location, could extend back over into Blantyre Parish.
The ‘Trough Linn’ is a waterfall on the Rotten Calder river, as pictured here in 2011 by Jim Brown.
The full article is here, which unfortunately incorrectly talks about the location being in East Kilbride. http://www.csgnt.org.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/52-csgnt-and-south-lanarkshire-council-complete-woodland-project