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Kids club in woods will be sum­mer fun

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Will Hen­shaw

A To­ry­glen com­mu­nity group are hold­ing a sum­mer club to get kids in­volved with the out­doors.

Ur­ban Roots are based at To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Base and of­ten en­gage with the com­mu­nity and lo­cal schools to pro­mote the im­por­tance of na­ture in the area.

And dur­ing the sum­mer months the group will hold the For­rest Schools Club. This will run on week days from 10.30am till 2.30pm and chil­dren at­tend­ing will be given a va­ri­ety of na­ture re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy.

Ur­ban Roots com­mu­nity Ranger Tom Cooper will be help­ing to run the pro­ject, for chil­dren aged five-11-years-old at the wood­land area of Malls Mire.

Malls Mire, which sits be­tween Ruther­glen and To­ry­glen, is bor­dered by hous­ing and the rail­way line.

Ur­ban Roots 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 a path net­work has been re­cently in­stalled and the area has been granted Lo­cal Na­ture Re­serve Sta­tus.

The path net­work was in­stalled ear­lier this year and the whole pro­ject cost around £70,000. A grant the group re­ceived from the Na­tional Lottery made it pos­si­ble.

The group de­scribe the land, say­ing: “It is a lit­tle piece of beauty and tran­quil­ity in amongst ur­ban mad­ness and sprawl.”

Tom says that the changes make Malls Mire the ideal place to host such ac­tiv­i­ties.

He added: “Ev­ery­thing with re­gards to Malls Mire is go­ing great. We’ve got the path net­work in, we’ve cleared it out and it’s a lo­cal na­ture re­serve and there’s ev­ery chance the chil­dren will get to spot some an­i­mals.

“We have a club for kids which will run dur­ing the sum­mer, it’s called the For­rest Schools Club, we’ve run it for the past three years.

“We want to en­gage more peo­ple with Malls Mire and this is a great way to do that. We’ve got a lot of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties like climb­ing trees, mak­ing camp fires, build­ing dens and en­vi­ron­men­tal arts. Ev­ery year we’ve run the club it has been very suc­cess­ful.”

In fact, kids have en­joyed the club so much that they are look­ing to hold some­thing sim­i­lar for adults and tod­dlers in con­junc­tion with Health ‘n’ Happy.

Tom added: “We’re go­ing to run a club in Au­gust for par­ents and tod­dlers with Healthy ‘n’ Happy, it’s about get­ting the wider com­mu­nity to make use of Malls Mire and pro­mot­ing the wood­land. Chil­dren have al­ways loved the For­rest Schools Club so we thought we’d try to in­volve par­ents and younger chil­dren. We also do a lot of work with schools in the wood­land. A lot of pri­mary and sec­ondary schools are go­ing for the eco schools por­gramme and we can help them with their jour­ney.”

Spa­ces for the For­rest Schools Club are lim­ited. For more in­for­ma­tion and to book con­tact Tom on tegcooper@hot­ or call 0141 613 2766.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Ur­ban Roots, or to get in­volved with the group, visit their web­site www.ur­ban­

Wood­land space Tom Cooper at Malls Mire

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