New Lanark vistas restored

Woodlands the way that Robert Owen intended

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Date posted: Thursday, 18 December 2014

After years of neglect, woodland paths which criss-cross large areas of mature woodland on the hillside above New Lanark Heritage site once again offer visitors tantalising views of the village below. 

Thanks to works recently completed by the Forestry Commission and funded through CAVLP, residents and villagers can once again enjoy the paths and woodland that were originally planted and laid out in the 19th century by Robert Owen, enlightened owner and manager of New Lanark Mills, for the benefit of his community of millworkers.

The New Lanark Woodlands contain a diverse array of native trees including ash, elm, goat willow, rowan and hazel and are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. They also form part of the Clyde Valley Forest Habitat Network and play an important role in linking the Falls of the Clyde and the Cartland Crags Sites of Special Scientific Interest. These woodlands, together with Cleghorn Glen, Nethan Gorge, Mauldslie Woods and Hamilton High Parks form a part of the Greater Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve. 

So go on, grab your walking boots and get an eyeful of New Lanark, the way Robert Owen intended.

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