Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:34 GMT on Tuesday, 13th November 2012.
Forest Trust research shows Cumbernauld’s Broadwood Loch is an essential local facility


CUMBERNAULD’S Broadwood Loch is a popular outdoor facility, with a survey revealing that eight out of ten people who use the site do so on a weekly or daily basis, according to research by the Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT).

 

According to the new data, nine out of ten respondents use the green space for leisure walks whilst other uses include general relaxation, 36%, dog walking, 33%, and wildlife observation, 28%.

 

Mike Batley, sustainable development officer at CSFT, said: “Our community consultation project has provided us with a greater understanding of the importance of Broadwood Loch to the local community, as well as the range of activities the site is used for.

 

The environmental charity’s consultation project on Broadwood Loch in Cumbernauld aimed to identify the reaction to proposals for the woodland, as well as ascertain the priority areas of improvement for the local community.

 

“The survey has revealed the variety of motivations people have for using the woodland including relaxation, health and environmental benefits amongst others, and we are encouraged by the fact that eight out of ten respondents have said they will be even more likely to use the area if their preferred improvements for the site take place,” Mike added.

 

“We strongly value the opinion of the local community and will endeavour to incorporate the constructive feedback within our plans. Feedback on the consultation and recommendations for early action will be given at the Cumbernauld Environment Society’s November meeting.”

 

The findings also revealed that the Loch provides an important backdrop for achieving health benefits, with more than half of respondents, 52%, declaring that they use Broadwood Loch for health walks, with more than one third, 34%, using the area for active exercise.

 

Further evidence shows that the site also offers a valuable environment for families with 35% using the area for family time and 23% for children’s play.

 

The Broadwood Loch project is a partnership between CSFT and North Lanarkshire Council and the proposals seek to deliver a range of improvements to the woodland area, ranging from enhanced signage and interpretation to the creation of natural play and fenced picnic areas.


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