A beautiful area of mature woodland adjacent to Kilsyth Primary is about to be reclaimed with the aim of protecting the future development of their Woodland Learning Project. North Lanarkshire Council has given approval for a new, taller boundary fence to be erected which means that the woodland will sit within the school boundaries and the wood will be the home of the new Kilsyth Woodland Centre - an outdoor learning facility for educators across the Central Belt.
“The woodland will continue to be a community asset for many of the local groups who already use it,” said Judi Legg, Executive Director, Wildside in Scotland. “This means that ongoing efforts to remove litter, broken glass, dumped waste, hoovers, and mattresses should reduce as the woodland is returned within the school boundary.
“Helped by our fantastic volunteers from Kilsyth Academy, who are doing their Saltire Awards with us, we can now move forward with more of the woodland maintenance, conservation and development of the Centre's learning and play resources, which are already being used for teacher CPD events, Kilsyth Kids Club and a nurture group. Teachers are also excited as the space will provide a rich and stimulating context for outdoor learning."
Once the fence has been erected, children will have free access to a green natural environment at break times, which will be an enormous change from the massive expanse of flat, grey hard surfacing.
Wildside in Scotland is very grateful to North Lanarkshire Council and Councillor Heather McVey for their help in supporting this project.