Wood­land paths net­work is all set to be up­graded

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Henshaw

The next phase of the re­gen­er­a­tion of the Malls Mire wood­land between Ruther­glen and To­ry­glen has been an­nounced.

Malls Mire, which sits between Ruther­glen and To­ry­glen, is bor­dered by hous­ing and the rail­way line, and Ur­ban Roots, an eco group based in To­ry­glen, say the site is of im­por­tance for na­ture con­ser­va­tion due to the wildlife found there.

An­i­mals found in Malls Mire in­clude deer, foxes, spar­rowhawks and gold­crests.

And now the path net­work within Malls Mire is set to be up­graded, giv­ing res­i­dents eas­ier ac­cess to the wood­land.

Tom Cooper, com­mu­nity ranger with Ur­ban Roots, said: “This is the next stage in our devel­op­ment of Malls Mire, we want to put in the path net­work to give peo­ple easy ac­cess to the area.

“Al­though we will be up­grad­ing a lot of the paths that run through the wood­land, we will still be leav­ing some of the paths that are quite rough, so peo­ple can still get their feet muddy if they wish!”

Ur­ban Roots, who op­er­ate out of To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Base, are in dis­cus­sions with both South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and Glas­gow City Coun­cil to turn the wooded area of Malls Mire into a lo­cal na­ture re­serve which will be pro­tected by Euro­pean Law.

In July last year, Ur­ban Roots were awarded a £ 78,000 grant from the Na­tional Lot­tery.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Ur­ban Roots, or to get in­volved with the group, visit their web­site: http://www. ur­ban­roots.org.uk/

Mov­ing for­wardTom Cooper at Malls Mire

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