Tree-sy Does It! Woodland Planting Around Golf Course

UK Steel Enterprise funding unique environmental initiatiove for young volunteers

Filed under News
Date posted: Friday, 31 October 2014

Published in the Wishaw Press, Wednesday 29th October, 2014

Lynn McKenna

UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) is a part of the team funding a unique environmental initiatiove for young volunteers that will transform the landscape and benefit players, wildlife and community at Carluke golf course.

UKSE, the South Lanarkshire LEADER Programme's Developing Local Communities Fund (DCLF) and the Heritage Lottery Fund's Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership have teamed up to donate £11,000 to fund the Woodland Creation Project. It involves planting two hectacres of new woodland over nine areas at the golf course.

Six young people supported by Barnardos received a 12-day training programme in tree planting and aftercare provided by project managers Central Scotland Green Network and Artscape. They were further joined by 27 volunteers of all ages from the golf course community before planting deciduous and coniferous trees across the site.

The new woodland will enhance the golf course as well as benefit the wider community by providing shelter for walkers along the public footpaths. Wildlife will take advantage of the new habitat and the natural food in the form of nuts and berries which will grow in the forestry.

To ensure that the new woodland will flourish and survive, each tree was individually tubed for protection from the animals and to encourage growth. Staff at Carluke Golf Club will maintain the woodland for 10 years and volunteers have the opportunity to look after the areas they planted.

Anne Clyde, regional manager at UKSE, said, "We have been a funding partner of DLCF since 2009 and this project at Carluke golf course was an investment which offered a multitude of benefits.

"The Woodland Creation Project not only offered a fantastic work experience fo rthe young people of the area, but will provide valuable green space for the community and wildlife for years to come as the woodland grows."

UKSE is the Tata Steel subsidary set up to help growing companies operating in former steel producing areas and a funding partner of DLCF.

Yvonne Howley from the South Lanarkshire LEADER programme's Developing Local Communities Fund said: "We exist to assist community-based projects and therefore we are thrilled to be supporting the Woodland Creation Project at Carluke Golf Course.

“This project has brought together the community surrounding the golf club from the members to the young volunteers who got involved with the planting.

"We have created something where we can watch the hard work grow and transform the course year on year.

“Once again UKSE has shown continued support for the Developing Local Communities Fund. For this, we and the various communities we help are exceptionally grateful.”

UK Steel Enterprise, formerly British Steel (Industry) Ltd, was established in 1975.

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