Greens are concerned about recently announced plans to build an "environmental tourist attraction" on the Cuningar Loop of the Clyde near Rutherglen. The development would remove an all too rare local area of wild ground which is home to some of our native wildlife and see them be replaced by a high-tech zoo housing exotic species from polar, tropical and temperate zones in "biomes" where they never experience the outside world. Earlier this year, the Forestry Commission had revealed that it had plans to develop woodland on the site. It is not clear whether the woodland would be able to be created if plans for the Wild Side development go ahead.
Green candidate for Clydesdale East, Janet Moxley, was one of the presenters at a Community Empowerment event held recently in Biggar. Janet, who chairs Friends of Burnbraes Park, and members of Lanark Playpark Action Group shared their experiences of improving their local parks.
There was considerable interest from community groups working to improve their parks at the event which was attended by representatives of groups from across Clydesdale as well as a range of politicians.
Parks and recreation facilities provide more than just fun!
Organisations can apply for part of the £750,000 available for projects which promote healthier lifestyles, regeneration and enterprise, and help to join up the network, especially in areas suffering from deprivation and dereliction.
Friends of Burnbraes Park in Biggar are celebrating after securing funding to develop a neglected area of the park into a wildlife area. The area will be terraced to improve accessability and planted with a range of wildflowers and plants. Bird and bat boxes will also be installed. The groundwork will be carried out by Clydesdale Community Initiatives which provides training opportunities for young people, and various youth groups will be involved in planting. Once complete the whole community will be able to enjoy this area.