Get Up Close To Your Landscape: Local Events on Heritage and Path Improvements

Communities in Larkhall, Millheugh, Ashgill and Shawsburn will have an opportunity to benefit from a range of learning and training opportunities as

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Date posted: Friday, 15 November 2013

Communities in Larkhall, Millheugh, Ashgill and Shawsburn will have an opportunity to benefit from a range of learning and training opportunities as well as input ideas and comments to local heritage and path projects at two Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) events coming up in the area.

CAVLP is a Heritage Lottery funded initiative which aims to conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique landscape and cultural heritage of the Clyde and Avon Valley. To date in the local area, CAVLP has part funded a landslip repair at Millheugh which allowed the re-opening of the Avon walkway to Chatelherault and, through the CAVLP training programme, unemployed people gained skills in path maintenance at Morgan Glen.

Visitors to the two CAVLP events will be able to find out about other funded learning and training opportunities and also give their comments on a new CAVLP project that will link the communities of Rosebank, Ashgill, Netherburn and Dalserf with the Clyde Walkway by upgrading existing footpaths. The CAVLP team will be visiting Larkhall Leisure Centre on Monday 18th November from 12-2 as part of the wider Family Health Day and also Ashgill’s Rorison Hall on Saturday 23rd November from 2-4pm.

The proposed route improvements are the first phase in a programme of works to better connect local communities to the unique landscape of the Clyde and Avon valleys. Elements of the work will provide employability training as well as opportunities for a wide range of volunteering. The project, which is expected to start Spring 2014, will result in an improved access network of 6.25km with footbridges renovated, waymarkers and finger posts installed and a heritage trail guide published, informed with local knowledge.

Kirsten Robb from CAVLP said, “This is a lovely route which when done up will give much improved and clear access for local people to get out and about enjoying their local heritage and greenspaces. We hope locals will come along to either event and have a look at the details and provide any comments, information or knowledge about the route.”

In addition to the route display, Kirsten will be there to talk to local people and find out what is special to them about their local area with a view to developing projects to conserve and enhance the area’s unique heritage for present and future generations. Projects could include a local history guide, recording the oral history of older residents, wildlife surveys or improvements to other local walking routes.

The tour will also provide free activities for kids, refreshments and the chance to share local knowledge of the area and find out more about heritage related events, volunteering and skills development opportunities.

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