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A Wishaw community sports group which offers cycling activities at Wishawhill Wood pump track has a new set of wheels thanks to Central Scotland Green Network Trust’s (CSGNT) kind donation of a van.

CSGNT gifted the van to Socialtrack, a community interest company that organises cycling and mountain biking activities for local residents. The donation of the van will enable organisers to easily transport bikes for local children and teenagers attending the fun sessions.

Since its launch in April this year, Wishawhill Wood pump track has been enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages and is a regular fixture for Socialtrack which provides out of school and holiday recreation activities for Wishaw residents on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council.

CSGNT worked closely with North Lanarkshire Council and key partners to help transform the once derelict site at Wishawhill into a place where the local community could come together and enjoy the space. As well as the creation of a purpose-built pump track for BMX bikes, mountain bikes and skateboarders of all abilities, a local wildflower meadow was also created.

Commenting, Mark Smillie, Head of Partner Support and Finance with CSGNT, said: “The bike track provides a great space for people of all of ages, especially youngsters, to get out and enjoy the local outdoors and we are thrilled to be able to continue our support with the provision of a van. We hope it provides a useful resource to help boost accessibility and promote leisure activities amongst North Lanarkshire’s young people, helping them make the most of this fantastic facility.”

Dan Scott from SocialTrack, added: " This is a fantastic gesture by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust. This van will be used to transport bikes and equipment to help deliver cycling activities to the heart of the communities who will benefit from it most. We will also be able to take equipment on trips, so these young people can experience Mountain Biking and BMX in other settings and in Scotland's great countryside."