Greenhall Park in High Blantyre is set to undergo a huge transformation commencing later this month as a large area of tree felling and woodland clearance takes place from the park down to the river and across towards the Salveson Homes.
Whilst this may initially cause concern to some people, like Chatelhearault it is being done absolutely with the best of intentions for safety and to prepare the area for further development. There are HUGE benefits to the community as a whole with betterment planned, but people should also be aware that in the short term, there may be some disruption and it may look unsightly for the next year or so.
The Friends of the Calder Environmental Group have been working closely with authorities to ensure work is in the interests of everybody in Blantyre and of course for the environment itself.
Please see a statement below from Linda McConaghie of Central Scotland Green Network Trust.
The tree felling and timber extraction at Greenhall – Path and Car Park Closure from 14th August 2017
Tree felling work will be taking place at Greenhall during August and September 2017. The work will start on 14th August and will take 6-8 weeks to complete.
The dark shaded area on the map (http://bit.ly/2vtRVvy) shows the area of conifer trees to be felled. About 1000 tonnes of timber will be felled, taken out to the main drive and stacked in an area near the East Gate (B). It will then be collected by timber lorries for transport to the sawmill.
Tree felling work involves large machinery and is very dangerous so Greenhall car park and adjacent paths will be closed while felling operations are in progress in the interest of public and worker safety. Warning and path closure signs will be in place to let visitors know when and where operations are taking place. For you own safely please heed warning signs and do not use paths that have been closed to allow tree felling work to take place even if machinery is not operating in the area.
The area is an active forestry site and is closed to the public until the contractors have completed all felling operations. Path diversion signs will be in place.
The conifer trees in this area are being removed because they are too tall and unstable. The trees were planted in the 1950s as a timber crop and they are now over-mature and many have already blown down. Removal of this timber crop will also allow the native, broad-leaved wood to re-establish and support a greater number of plant and animal species.
The forestry contractor will also be removing dangerous trees and cutting back over-grown rhododendron throughout the woodlands and removing the log-jam in the river.
IMPORTANT!: The timber from the felled trees will be sold and the money re-invested to improve Greenhall, Millheugh and Barnhill for people and wildlife.
Path improvement work at Greenhall, Millheugh and Barnhill will also start at the end of August. The contractors will start work at the Barnhill and work towards Greenhall to re-instate the paths once forestry operations have been completed. The work will take approximately 6 weeks. We will confirm a start date and provide more detailed information on the path works nearer the time.
The work is funded by Forestry Commission Scotland through the Woodlands In and Around Towns (WIAT) funding programme, WREN’s FCC Scottish Action Fund and South Lanarkshire Council through money raised from the timber sales.
The work will be managed on behalf of South Lanarkshire Council by Central Scotland Green Network Trust.
I’ve been closely following developments on this for a couple of years now, attending meetings and I’m 100% behind the work, which should soon see safe, better quality woodland paths created with correct species of trees in their natural environment. It paves the way for making this a better park and hopefully will set groundwork for pursuing things like the play equipment back.
Whilst felling may look unsightly though this winter, next Spring should see an abundance of growth and without the large canopy overhead, will give the native species a chance to thrive. It won’t be long again before we’ll be walking under tall trees once more.
Earlier in 2016 and 2017, I extensively photographed the existing, current woodland in advance of this work, so there is a permanent record of how it looked.
For further information please contact Linda McConaghie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01501 824796. Photos by Paul Veverka.