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Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) and South Lanarkshire Council have just completed work on a woodland creation project on the edge of Calderglen Country Park to enhance the environmental and landscape quality of the area.

The new Trough Linn woodland 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 Calderglen Country Park to enable re-planting with native species.  

The £130,000 project has been developed by CSGNT in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council and supported with funding from the Scottish Rural Development Programme, with 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.

The new woodland will help central Scotland to play a role in the challenge against climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen so after 50 years this woodland could have locked away approximately 10,475 tonnes of carbon dioxide and provided us all with cleaner air to breathe.

CSGNT’s mission is to drive forward the delivery of Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN), and Simon Rennie, Chief Executive of CSGNT explained the importance of projects such as Trough Linn in South Lanarkshire.

“CSGNT supports a wide range of environmental enhancements across the central belt of Scotland to increase woodland creation in the area.  The new Trough Linn woodland will boost local biodiversity and improve habitat networks, as well as helping to mitigate climate change.” 

Stephen Kelly, Head of Facilities, Waste and Grounds Services at South Lanarkshire Council said:  “South Lanarkshire’s ancient woodlands are nationally important and are one of Scotland’s richest wildlife habitats.  This new woodland represents a 30% increase in the native woodland at Calderglen and will be of great value to local wildlife and people.  South Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd. would like to thank the Central Scotland Green Network Trust for their help in delivering this project and securing the funding from the Scottish Rural Development Programme.”