Create a lasting legacy
Published on: Monday 3rd March 2014
Following a visit to Lang Craigs woods in Dunbartonshire, Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister, Shona Robison explains the importance of getting active and creating your own legacy.
It’s an exciting time as we count down and prepare to host the largest sporting and cultural event in Scotland’s history, the Commonwealth Games. It’s important that we embrace the Games in years to come and ensure it delivers a legacy that brings health benefits to people across Scotland.
We’re committed to securing a lasting legacy from this year’s Commonwealth Games through dedicated legacy projects such as the Commonwealth Woods programme, which aims to encourage local people to get active outdoors and explore their local woods.
During the recent Legacy Week, a partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow 2014, individuals, communities and organisations in Glasgow and across Scotland held events to raise awareness of their Commonwealth Games Legacy.
The Commonwealth Woods is one such project vital in contributing to the legacy of the Games as it offers a range of activities and events for the local community and schools. People of all ages can learn about their natural surroundings and try something new, including photography walks, arts and crafts and cycling. These will hopefully develop into hobbies or life-long passions people will continue to participate in and share with friends and family.
I recently visited Lang Craigs, owned by the Woodland Trust Scotland. I experienced the walking trails and planted a tree in its dedicated Commonwealth Grove. This is part of a community initiative that has involved over 2,000 people from local groups and schools and will see over 200,000 new trees planted, another sustainable legacy for the future.
It was great to see such work in practice as it encourages people to be part of the community and enjoy a local wood which they can visit regularly and watch flourish in years to come.
As we lead up to the Games, I hope projects such as this will urge everyone to get active, walk more, and make the most of the woods, and outdoor spaces, which exist within their local communities, to help build a legacy beyond 2014.
With now less than 150 days to go until the Games, I believe it’s the perfect opportunity for people to venture into the fresh air and take part in something new, which can improve health and have a positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing.