Youngsters launch Commonwealth Woods medal routes in Easterhouse
Published on: Tuesday 4th March 2014
Youngsters and community groups have launched the Commonwealth Woods Medal Routes at Bishop Loch in Easterhouse today (Tuesday, 4 March).
Pupils from St Benedict’s Primary School and local walking groups have taken part in a series of short walking routes of different lengths at the wood - bronze (15mins), silver (30mins) and gold (60mins).
Bishop Loch is one of five woods in Easterhouse, which are part of a network of 14 Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy free events and activities to get active, learn or just have fun.
It has been created as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy to encourage people to get outdoors, foster community pride in local green spaces and improve the quality of life for local communities.
Ros Mills, Commonwealth Woods Walking Development Officer, said: “The Commonwealth Woods project has teamed up with Ramblers Scotland’s Medal Routes Legacy Project to create a series of short walks at Bishop Loch. This is a fun activity for all the family that will help us deliver a lasting legacy of the Games by encouraging people to visit their local wood and complete a medal route walk.
“It’s a good way to spend time with your family and become familiar with your local wood and learn about the trees and wildlife.”
Local health groups and the wider community are invited to try the medal routes. A free leaflet and map with directions of the gold, silver and bronze walking routes is available from The Bridge Community Centre at Bishop Loch in Easterhouse or to download at www.commonwoods.org.uk.
Commonwealth Games and Sports Minister Shona Robison, said: “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 lasting legacy that brings health benefits to people across Scotland.
“These walking medal routes launched today will offer the opportunity for all the family to get active outdoors and explore their local woods. With now less than 150 days to go until the Games, venturing into the fresh air and taking part in something new can improve health and has a positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing.”
There are more than 200 Medal Routes in over 75 locations throughout Scotland.
Rob Burns, Medal Routes Project Officer for Ramblers Scotland, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people in the Easterhouse area try the Medal Routes. It’s a beautiful area and these three routes give a perfect opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy their local surroundings.”
The Commonwealth Woods network is a partnership project between Forestry Commission Scotland, Woodland Trust Scotland, the Commonwealth Forestry Association, Glasgow City Council, Clyde Gateway, Cassiltoun Housing Association, West Dunbartonshire Council, South & North Lanarkshire Council and Paths for All.