Last tree planted at Lang Craigs
Published on: Wednesday 21st May 2014
Scottish mountain bike champion Lee Craigie has planted the final tree within new native woodland near Dumbarton.
The Woodland Trust Scotland has planted a total of 200,000 native trees at Lang Craigs to create the new woodland. Local people and schoolchildren have planted 10,000 of the trees.
To mark the completion of the project the charity held a public tree planting event which was supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery on Saturday 17 May. Activities included woodland games and archery, as well as tree planting.
Carol Evans, director of the Woodland Trust Scotland said: “In just a few years the trees planted at Lang Craigs will form a flourishing native woodland that will be enjoyed by both people and wildlife. It’s an amazing place and I’d like to thank everybody who has made our project possible.
“Thanks to fantastic support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery we have been able to give hundreds of local school children the chance to dig deep and plant a tree. I’m sure people will come back to see the new trees as they grow into thriving woodland.
Jackie Baillie MSP said: “The new woodland at Lang Craigs is a great thing for West Dunbartonshire. I love coming up here and as the trees grow it will become more and more beautiful.
“Planting trees is a superb way for people to make a difference for the environment. It's an important part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.”
Lang Craigs is one of 14 Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow. These woods form a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games for generations of people to enjoy.
A special Commonwealth Grove forms part of the new woodland at Lang Craigs.
Hugh McNish, health advisor for the Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “The trees planted in the Commonwealth Grove will stand for hundreds of years, providing a lasting legacy to all those who enjoyed the Commonwealth Games.
“Lang Craigs is just one of 14 Commonwealth Woods across the Glasgow area playing a vital role in encouraging people from local communities to get active outdoors on their doorstep.
“These symbolic trees will transform this landscape into rich, vibrant and flourishing woodland and will stand proud for generations to come.”