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Commonwealth Maze brings legacy to life

Published on: Tuesday 15th July 2014

Commonwealth Maze brings legacy to life

A giant woodland maze in the shape of the Commonwealth Games 2014 logo was officially launched at a wood in New Stevenson in Motherwell today (Tuesday, 15 July).

Youth Legacy Ambassadors raised £40,000 and secured permission to use the official Games logo for the environmental project at Riccard Johnston wood, one of a network of 14 Commonwealth Woods.

Designed to create a beautiful natural attraction it will also function as a maze, an outdoor classroom and provide a woodland area for people of all ages to learn, get active and enjoy the outdoors for years to come. The project won a top accolade at the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2014 in the environment category.

Chairperson of the Youth Legacy Ambassadors and local Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Jordan Linden MSYP, said: “This is an incredibly exciting moment, not only for us as Youth Legacy Ambassadors but for the people of North Lanarkshire. This maze will be a lasting reminder to all in the community of the impact that the Commonwealth Games can deliver to communities across Scotland.

“The maze is an attraction for all the family to enjoy. The object is to find your way to the centre of the maze which is in the shape of the Games logo, without taking a wrong turn. We urge locals and visitors to come along to Riccard Johnston and try out this new adventure.”

The whole community have helped create the maze with school children and community groups planting trees and locals donating historic, named bricks to create the path around the maze, linking the future legacy of the Games with Lanarkshire’s industrial past.

Spanning an area of 2,000 square metres the maze has been planted in the four distinct parts of the Games logo, namely:
• the outer red ring made out of local 19th and 20th Century bricks from Lanarkshire’s industrial history forms a path
• the inner yellow ring from planted golden sedge grass
• the blue arc with planted blue cypress trees
• the planted “G” in the middle of Scots Pine, recently declared Scotland’s national tree.

Funding for the project came from the Environmental Key Fund (EKF) with additional support from North Lanarkshire Council as the woodland owner, and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Councillor Harry Curran, Chair of the Environmental Key Fund, said: “We are delighted to support the Young Ambassadors in their work to develop the Commonwealth Logo Maze. This will be a spectacular display that will leave a positive and sustainable legacy in the heart of a North Lanarkshire community long after the games have gone.”

Riccard Johnston, a former farm holding that was planted as a community woodland in the early 1990’s, was recently transformed following a Forestry Commission grant in 2013. It’s the latest wood to join the network of Commonwealth Woods that are an official 2014 legacy project of the Games.


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