Langlee Woodland Nature Trail
We are proud to announce that Langlee Woodland Nature Trail is now officially open to the public. Nature Unlimited secured funding from Tesco Bags for Help, who donated £8,000 after a public vote. We worked with children from Langlee Primary School and Galashiels Academy, who helped design and create the trail. We were also assisted by local young people and adults, who carried out woodland management and gained employability skills.
The nature trail is a family friendly space, which we hope will encourage more people to connect with nature and take advantage of this free natural resource on their doorstep. When we first started work, last year, the team would never see anyone while working on the trail. As the months went on, more people began to use the woodland. We were delighted when one passer by, upon coming across the team working in the woods, said, ”Ah, you’re the ones that are doing all this – we thought it was the night fairies!” Other local families are already visiting regularly and the story telling area has become a “gang hut” for two wee boys and their grandad.
Around 50 children and parents attended the opening, taking part in activities such as making whistles, a bug hunt, den building and creating natural art. Local actor, Scott Noble was also there as a green man, telling stories about trees who once were giants.
The trail, which starts at the top of Hawthorn Road, at the bus terminal, features a bug hotel, fairy village, story telling area, a giant xylophone, a hide for listening to the birds and more. Nature Unlimited will be maintaining the site and adding to it over the coming years, working with volunteers and partipants on their employability programme which will be up and running this September. Scottish Borders Council have also supported the project and their Countryside Rangers Service will be erecting a sign at the entrance.
To view a map of the trail, please click here.
To view the location of the trail, please click here.
For an information sheet on the trail, please click here.
To read the trail press release, please click here.
Tesco has teamed up with Greenspace Scotland to launch its Bags of Help initiative. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. Nature Unlimited has been awarded a grant of £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. https://www.facebook.com/GWKSouth/?fref=ts