The Heritage Lottery Fund allocated a £250,000 development grant for the planning of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park. The funding will enable Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green network Partnership to continue to develop the project and will support work on a second application for £4.2 million of HLF funding to deliver the Seven Lochs vision.
The Seven Lochs Wetland Park will be the largest urban park in Scotland and will span the Glasgow City and North Lanarkshire boundary between Easterhouse and Coatbridge. Along with the lochs the area includes one of Glasgow’s oldest buildings, the medieval Provan Hall in Easterhouse, and the woodland walks of Drumpellier Country Park on the edge of Coatbridge. The Seven Lochs project has the potential to make a significant contribution to the Central Scotland Green Network, and CSGN Development Fund support has been crucial in securing the HLF award. CSGN funding helped develop the initial Seven Lochs vision and masterplan, including community consultation and engagement, and on-going CSGN support provides some of the match funding for this final development phase.
The vision for the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is to restore and highlight the area’s heritage buildings and nature reserves. At the same time path and visitors facilities are planned in order to create a versatile and welcoming visitor attraction of national significance.
Scott Ferguson, Development Officer for the Seven Lochs Wetland Park said;
‘This HLF award is fantastic news for the Seven Lochs area. It recognises that it is a great place for heritage and wildlife, and that the area should be protected and improved so that more people can enjoy and learn about it. We now want to work with local people to find out how plans for the Seven Lochs can help bring a range of benefits to communities in and around the park.’
Over the next 12 months the GCV Green Network Partnership will work with the Seven Lochs Partnership, which brings together Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, and Scottish Natural Heritage, to develop the plans and strategies, and secure the match funding, needed to support a second-round HLF application.
Planned development in and around the Seven Lochs area will see 4500 new homes build by 2025, and working with developers to integrate these developments into the park through the creation of new green infrastructure will be crucial to the success of the park. The involvement and support of people living in and around the park is also vital, and TCV Scotland will lead on a programme of community engagement and volunteering to help develop plans for the park. Alongside this Glasgow Building Preservation Trust will advise on restoration plans for the medieval buildings at Provan Hall.
The HLF award coincides with the launch of a new Seven Lochs project website. For more information please visit the Seven Lochs website.