Greenhall Conifer Woods – Farewell

IMG_2958Twenty two local residents turned up today, Sunday 13th August 2017 to bid their collective farewell to the Greenhall Conifers, which are scheduled to be felled from tomorrow.

The successful walk through the woods down to Milheugh and back was well attended by families and the weather thankfully stayed dry. The event, organised jointly by Bonnie Blantyre and Blantyre Project gave people a chance to photograph the trees and find out more local history of the area and what’s planned in the next 6 weeks and beyond.

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Over 1,000t of timber will be felled and extracted in the coming weeks, primarily unsafe, tall conifers at the end of their life, paving the way for more native tree species and the forrest floor (e.g ferns, bluebells and many other species) to flourish. Greenhall Park will be closed off to the public entirely for 6 weeks and people are asked to respect this given the dangerous work ahead.

Once felling is complete, attention will turn to upgrading the paths and woodland trails, making them more accessible and safer, through the new, smaller, emerging wood. South Lanarkshire Council is returning all the money obtained from the timber, back into this area on this project.

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With the council also obtaining £8,000 grant subsidies for each home being built in the nearby Avant Estate, there has also been renewed calls to reinstate the playpark at Greenhall, something Councillors are thankfully onside with. Lets watch this space.

Meantime, we bid farewell to these trees that so many people will remember from childhood, with these photos, capturing how they looked today, on their final days.

Photos: Courtesy Blantyre Project

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,

Alan Baird i was a last walk up through them on thursday
Chris Ladds Went up a few days back to get photos – would have attended today but back to back with the anti-planning reports. Sounds like it was a heartfelt farewell from all involved.
Jean McIntosh Sorry I could not be there xxx
Jean McIntosh It would be great to have a play park again xxx
Dave Currie was a great walk thanks again
The Blantyre Project glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming.
Colette Currie What a lovely way to spend an afternoon. I’ve been in blantyre for 9 years and so impressed by the local community and the work they are doing.
The Blantyre Project Some great people organised into many community groups. We’re lucky to have so many of them at present, making a real difference to entertaining events, galas, festive events, environmental projects, caring for people, for children, for the elderly and infirm. Its hoped the annual Blantyre Oscars event each march recognises all those kind, caring people every year.
Ann Boyd I remember going up there as a child to the play park on a lovely day. and i always got an ice cream from the wee shop that was there, good memories would be good to have those memories back….

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