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New homes help North Lanarkshire’s wild side

18 November 2015

Sanctuary’s regeneration of Cumbernauld’s high-rise blocks is helping neighbouring woodland.

The housing provider is working with Cumbernauld Living Landscape to improve the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s wildlife reserve in Seafar.

Sanctuary’s contractors provided two new gates, a new fence and the ‘missing link’ to complete the health trail’s walking path.

Ian Mackenzie, of Cumbernauld Living Landscape, said: “These improvements were only possible thanks to Sanctuary and its contractors.

“The green network is hugely important to Cumbernauld, both as a place for residents to enjoy the outdoors and as a habitat for local wildlife.”

Deer, badgers and foxes are among the wildlife visitors can see in Seafar. Pine martens may return after the recent work, as they have elsewhere in Cumbernauld.

Ian said: “Managing the woodland can help native species recover.

“The new fence, provided by Cruden Building and Renewals, prevents litter blowing into the reserve.

“The gates, provided by Ogilvie Homes, will help reduce antisocial behaviour.

“Ogilvie Homes also upgraded the path, linking land owned by the Trust and North Lanarkshire Council. This has allowed visitors to stick to a path to do a full walking loop of the health trail.”

Sanctuary’s high-rise regeneration project will see all 12 Cumbernauld blocks replaced with modern, affordable housing.

The first three blocks – Bruce House, Buchan House and Douglas House – were demolished in Allanfauld Road earlier this year.


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