Hamilton High Parks: Restoring an Ancient Treescape Talk

Once referred to as, ‘a Jewel in the Landscape,’ Chatelherault Country Park – centred around the Hunting Lodge of the former Hamilton Palace – is one of Scotland’s oldest and greatest designed landscapes.

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Date posted: Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Join Malcolm Muir, the Countryside and Greenspace Manager with South Lanarkshire Council as he holds a talk at New Lanark World Heritage Site on Friday 19th June discussing the regeneration project that seeks to restore historical features and viewpoints of Hamilton High Parks at Chatelherault Country Park over the next 25 years.

Once referred to as, ‘a Jewel in the Landscape,’ Chatelherault Country Park – centred around the Hunting Lodge of the former Hamilton Palace – is one of Scotland’s oldest and greatest designed landscapes.

The designed landscape includes some 170 hectares of ancient woodland in the gorge of the Avon water, alongside more formal elements of designed landscape such as parterre gardens, and is part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve with SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and SAC (Special Area of Conservation) designations.

However, much of the old native woodland was replaced with non-native conifers in the 1950’s, having a detrimental effect on the native biodiversity of the site as well as blocking a number of breath-taking vistas over the countryside.

“A Long Term Forest Plan has been prepared which sets out a programme to remove the conifers progressively and restore the native broadleaved woodland,” explains Donna Marshall, Programme Manager at the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. “The removal will initially have an impact on the aesthetics of the area, but the plans will increase native biodiversity of the nationally important woodland and restore stunning views for generations to come.”

The project will be led by South Lanarkshire Council who own and jointly manage the County Park with South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust Ltd., in association with the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, Central Scotland Green Network and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Tickets for the talk are £4 and this includes the chance to explore New Lanark’s current ‘Homecoming' exhibition and a glass of wine or refreshment. Tickets can be booked in advance by calling 01555 661345, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., online via www.newlanark.org or on the door on the night. The talk is in Robert Owen’s School for Children at New Lanark, which is located past the waterwheel.

For more information on New Lanark’s programme of 2015 talks please visit www.newlanark.org

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