If you go down to the woods today, you’ll be in for a lovely surprise!

Children from Clober Primary and Bearsden & Milngavie Ramblers unveil new signs along a local trail

Clober Primary School waymarkRamblers Scotland has been working with Clober Primary School in Milngavie to design signage for a path around Mains Estate in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire. During the year the Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers have been making improvements to the path and on 30 October members helped the children to install their designs onto new waymark posts along the path.

“This is very much a community woodland used by the residents of Mains Estate,” said Bob Diamond, Chair of Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers. “Our group is delighted to have led this project which has involved the local school, the Residents’ Association and the local landowner – it’s been a great community partnership. We hope the children’s involvement in their local wood will continue and they will bring their families to enjoy the lovely walks the area has to offer.”

This project has led to greater involvement with other community organisations, as Bob outlined. “We are now working on an ongoing project with Milngavie in Bloom and East Dunbartonshire Council to re-generate the start of the West Highland Way, perhaps Scotland’s best known long distance trail. It’s another great example of what local community working is about and what voluntary groups like ours can achieve.”

Many Ramblers groups across Scotland take a lead in their community, whether it’s identifying access issues, building new paths, maintaining existing ones, promoting walking and its health benefits in a range of settings, or encouraging more people to be active. We're delighted to have supported Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers to develop a community initiative that enables more people to not only enjoy walking locally but also to actively engage with their local environment.

Jeannie Cranfield, Games Legacy Advisor explained that the organisation operates a paths fund to support Ramblers groups to buy equipment, undertake training and make improvements such as installing waymarkers, stiles or gates. “We are delighted to see more of our groups across Scotland volunteering to improve paths near where they live,” she said. “We are the representative body for walkers. We help everyone, everywhere to get out of doors and enjoy walking and improve walking environments.“