Update on the development of Greenoakhill community woodland

We received the below update from consultants Golley Slater:

Hi BCC, hope you are well.

We wrote to you in January to give you an update on where we are in the development phase of potentially transforming Paterson’s landfill site into a community woodland for recreational and educational use.

As explained throughout the community consultations, Greenoakhill is a long term project with an anticipated time scale of twenty years to fully restore and complete. 

The project has a number of key steps to be resolved and we are working very hard behind the scenes to progress this complex project.

One of these key steps has been to reach an agreement with SEPA about how the project could allow public access on the restored landfill.  The access will be controlled in the initial few years with increasing access as the gas production on the site stops.

We hope to be able to report back later in the summer to let local residents know how the project will proceed.

As mentioned in our January communication, if the project is given the green light we will hold a public meeting to give local residents the opportunity to see the proposed design plans, time scales and answer any questions on the landfill restoration.

Again, many thanks for your enthusiasm and interest in this project. Please share this email with local community groups and on your Facebook page.

Kind regards

Stuart Chalmers

District Forester

Scottish Lowlands Forest District

Forestry Commission Scotland


Update on the development of Greenoakhill community woodland

We have received the following letter from Forestry Commission Scotland via Golley Slater:

20th January 2015

 Dear Sir/Madam

 Update on the development of Greenoakhill community woodland

 I am writing to give you an update on the community consultation conducted before Christmas to gather local opinion towards the potential development of Paterson’s landfill site into a community woodland for recreational and educational use.

 We would like to thank you for your enthusiasm and support in helping us reach local residents.  By sharing our research materials with your contacts, encouraging participation on your social media and giving us the opportunity to attend your meetings, it has provided invaluable feedback at this first stage in the development.

 Over the four week period, we gained feedback from 250 local people.  The initial response has been very positive with suggestions of what local people would like to see developed as part of the project.  Around three quarters (76%) of people said they would definitely use the site with the majority of the rest saying they would probably use the site. 70% of people felt the development of the community woodland was very important.

 As explained throughout the community consultations, Greenoakhill is a long term project with an anticipated time scale of twenty years to fully restore and complete. Our next step is to secure approval and funding for the project’s development. We are currently developing a report, which will include findings from the community consultation, and expect to find out whether the project is approved or declined in April.

 We will keep you updated on the outcome of this decision.  If the project is given the green light, we plan to hold a public meeting in May to update you on the design plans and time scales and answer any questions on the landfill restoration.

 STV is doing a news report on the project’s development which should be broadcast sometime this week – you might recognise some local faces.

 Again, many thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and opinions with us.

Kind regards

 Stuart Chalmers

District Forester

The original letter can be viewed here – Greenoahkill update 200115

Greenoakhill Community Woodland Proposal

We’ve been contacted by Forestry Commission Consultants, Golley Slater.

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is conducting a community consultation exercise regarding the potential development of large landfill site and old quarry in your area into community woodland for recreational and educational use. We will refer to it as Greenoakhill Community Woodland.
You may already have heard of the site and know it as Paterson’s landfill site or simply ‘the coup’.
Forestry Commission Scotland are very keen to understand how interested the local communities around the site would be in seeing it developed and to understand if it would be used and valued by the community. The development of the whole site will happen in phases over the next ten years, with Phase 1 and 2 shown below being completed first.
We are very interested in hearing what you think about the development of this site and we would be most grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill in this simple and quick questionnaire – it should only take you a few minutes. If you feel you cannot fill in some questions, please just do what you can, all responses are useful.

Please fill in this questionnaire and give your opinion on the development of Greenoakhill Community Woodland

If you have anymore questions or queries contact ELiddle@golleyslater.co.uk

Map 1 Ord Survey+entrances-1 Map 1 Ord Survey+entrances-2 Map 3 - Phases of Development Mood board concept images

Also see this story from 2005 – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4493327.stm

Cuningar Loop

Cuningar Loop is a £5.7 million Legacy 2014 project that will provide an exciting new woodland park in the east end of Glasgow.



Located opposite the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, it will transform 15 hectares of derelict, unused land, the size of15 large football pitches, into an attractive community greenspace.

Due to open in Spring 2015 it will give local people and visitors opportunities to get involved, get active and be inspired by the outdoors with key features including:

• Extensive path network
• Adventure play facilities
• A bike pump track
• Scotland’s first bouldering park
• Trim trail outdoor gym
• Large meadow and picnic areas
• Amphitheatre for outdoor learning
• Boardwalk running parallel to River Clyde
• A new bridge linking the wood to the Athletes’ Village

Set within beautiful surroundings, 15,000 trees will be planted including native oak, silver birch, maples and lime trees and a wild flower meadow. Expected to attract over 100,000 by 2021 it will be an important legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

Watch a short video on plans for Scotland’s first bouldering park at Cuningar Loop here http://youtu.be/GFHoHECI_Ak

To read the latest Cuningar Loop newsletter click here


A new pedestrian and cycle bridge will link the Athletes’ Village, set to be a new residential development after the Games, with the Cuningar Loop. There will be an additional entrance just off Downiebrae Road, the road on the right before going over Dalmarnock Bridge, enabling access from Rutherglen.

Images by Artist James Winnett, who has been closely involved with engaging the local community with the project, can be seen on a series of banners on Downiebrae Road, Rutherglen near the entrance to the site.

Taster tours

Forestry Commission Scotland will be arranging taster tours in quieter periods of the development. Please contact us to express your interest or request a copy of our leaflet contact: cuningar@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

– See more at: http://www.commonwoods.org.uk/cuningar#sthash.H0j3SxOP.dpuf