New lease of life for woodland
Footfall at East Kilbride Community Trust’s (EKCT) K-Woodlands is on the up thanks to engagement with the local community.
Over 3200 individuals have visited and taken part in the woodland engagement programme packed full of events and activities.
Prior to this, only 50 visits were recorded in 2016/17.
Supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, EKCT’s woodland engagement officer role aims to encourage the local community to visit and make use of their local green spaces.
Stephen Porch, who currently is in the role, works with a range of community groups, schools and the public on a regular basis, promoting events and attracting existing and new users to EKCT’s K-Woodlands.
Last year, popular events and activities organised by Stephen included Barking Mad in partnership with Dogs Trust and the recent tree planting event with free trees provided by the Woodland Trust, which attracted over 250 people.
Stephen said:“Historically these woods were neglected and forgotten and became a bit of a haven for anti-social behaviour, but by having a presence on the site, reintroducing some woodland management and engaging the local community through an exciting programme of events, we have made the woods a safe and relaxing place for everyone to enjoy and reconnect with nature.”