Work was required on St Maurice’s Pond as it is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).
Created on the site of a former quarry, the space now features a boardwalk and Woodland Path thanks to the Cumbernauld Living Landscapes project in conjuction with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and St Maurice’s High School.
Dragonflies, damselflies, mayfly, caddisfly and stonefly can be found here. These are indicator species and show that the water quality is unpolluted with high oxygen content.
The boardwalks and paths were not as accessible as they could be, with tight turns and no passing places
The works required the construction and installation of a new boardwalk at the Pond, the upgrade of the existing paths around the pond and the Woodland Walk.
The paths also required upgrading at the Westfield Play Park area.
The existing boardwalk had to be dismantled and a new boardwalk created with two passing places. The existing boardwalk had to be demolished and disposed of offsite.
The works had to be carried out in a busy public area, therefore site traffic management had to take this into cognisance.
Around the pond, the vegetation had to be scraped back to reveal the existing paths which required upgrading and widening.
The paths along the existing woodland also required upgrading and widening. Again, all vegetation was scraped back to reveal the existing paths.
The boardwalk was narrow and followed zig zaging lines making it nearly impossible for anyone to pass each other. The new boardwalk is now wider and follows a more curving line.
The anti slip surface on the new decking boards makes for a more safe experience for all users.
The two new passing places makes the whole experience more user friendly
The new boardwalk and path upgrade means that St Maurice’s Pond can now be enjoyed by the community and helps to maintain a high quality natural environment for wildlife and people to enjoy.
These open spaces allow people to reconnect with the natural environment.
This Project and ones similar to these, promote the local area through encouraging new business to move their premises to Cumbernauld. Having Greenspaces also encourages people to live in an area with such amazing natural woodland habitats.
And, spending time outdoors and with nature, helps people feel better about themselves and improves their mental health and welllbeing.