Plans for the park were given a major boost in the summer following the announcement that it was successful in a £4.5 million funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Since then plans for the creation of Scotland’s largest urban heritage and nature park have taken a bold leap forward with the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership, who developed and championed the project, handing over the reins to the Seven Lochs Partnership.
To celebrate, a special screening of the film ‘Seven Lochs – Scotland’s Urban Wildlife Park’ was shown. The film revealed plans for the park include creation of 4 Visitor Gateways at Hogganfield Loch, Provan Hall, Drumpellier Country Park and Glenboig Life Centre.
The Seven Lochs Wetland Park will become a major new hub for heritage conservation and learning and engagement, and will leave an important legacy for the communities within and neighbouring the park. When complete, the project will enable local people and visitors to experience the natural and cultural heritage of the Seven Lochs area like never before and help local communities to take ownership of the park for generations to come.
The project also includes the development of walking and cycling routes linking the gateway sites and improvements to paths, signage, interpretation and management across the whole park, as well as a range of activities for people to enjoy and learn about the area’s heritage, including opportunities for training and volunteering.
Max Hislop, Programme Manager for the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership said, “The Seven Lochs Wetland Park is an exemplar of Green Network planning and delivery. It is a place with an abundance of natural resources; important natural habitats, historic sites and established places for recreation.
“This major new urban wildlife park will be the jewel in the crown of the wider GCV Green Network and bring a host of benefits for local people and visitors alike.”
The Seven Lochs Partnership is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Forest Enterprise Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and The Conservation Volunteers Scotland.
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