Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park celebrates a triple success: firstly as finalists in the Renfrewshire Quality Awards with their ‘Windows on Wildlife’ project; then as part of the ‘Branching Out’ team led by Forestry Commission Scotland that gained the ‘Innovation Award’ in the prestigious Nature of Scotland awards; and becoming a Centre of Excellence for disability sailing.
The awards, organised by the RSPB, were announced at a presentation dinner in Edinburgh, hosted by the BBC’s Fred MacAulay.
The award citation reads:
“It was the unique partnership between conservation and the health service that impressed the judges when it came to the winner of the Innovation Award."
Forestry Commission Scotland’s Branching Out provides opportunities for people attending mental health services to take part in conservation and greenspace activities on referral.”
The Park was the first outside partner for Forestry Commission Scotland. Park’s staff have hosted 5 Branching Out programmes across the Park and are now in the planning stage for the next programme in Inverclyde over the summer of 2012.
The Park has also been awarded the accolade of 'Centre of Excellence' for disability sailing by the Royal Yachting Association, the first ever award in Scotland.
Charles Woodward, Parks Manager said: “Everyone working at Clydemuirshiel Regional Park is delighted. These awards recognise the breadth of our activity in conserving the landscape and wildlife value of the Park and providing recreational activities which also deliver demonstrable educational and health & well-being outcomes for visitors to the Park."