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Shotts community is being encouraged to get involved with their local nature park.

We are calling on the support of the local community to help us protect the teaching circle in the woodlands at Hillhouseridge in Shotts Nature Park. The popular community resource, which is regularly used by local groups including schools and nurseries, has been repeatedly targeted by vandals in recent months who are now putting its future under threat.

Tara Fraser, project manager at CSGNT, said: “We know how important the teaching circle is to the local community and we want to protect this valuable resource for current and future generations.

"We have already had offers of help to restore and maintain the circle and we would call on the local community to lend their support.”

A volunteer group is now being set-up to look after the circle and the surrounding nature park. A local nursery has also pledged its support.

A drop-in information session has been arranged by CSGNT and everyone is welcome to come along and find out how they can get involved. The drop-in session will be held on Thursday 17 September at Shotts Community Centre from 10am to noon.

If you are unable to attend the session but would like to get involved in safeguarding the future of the teaching circle please contact Tara Fraser on 01501 822015, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..