A trip back in time
Published on: Monday 2nd September 2013
Richard Bolton, Community Woodland Officer, discovered more about Castlemilk’s interesting past when he met the great, great granddaughters of a forester who managed the estate in the 18th century. He says:
Castlemilk is steeped in history and many of the events and activities we organise focus on exploring the ancient area and its wildlife. Following some research into the estate’s past, I came across William Gilchrist, a forester, who looked after the area during the 1860’s. As I delved deeper, I found published documents by William Gilchrist describing his work and passion for the estate, along with other details about his life and sadly his death.
To mark William’s hard work, I arranged an event last year, nearly 130 years on from William’s death, to share my discovery about the forester. Through this, I was contacted by his great, great granddaughters, who travelled from England to visit the wood he created and cared for.
William’s work is still prominent as there are still five sequoias trees in the park, which we collected seeds from during the event and replanted. One germinated and is currently standing at 5cm tall. Throughout his time at Castlemilk, he was responsible for planting over 390,000 trees.
Castlemilk is such a diverse wood with its attractive waterfall and ancient paths; it’s definitely worth a visit to see what you can find.