Paths being upgraded in North Lanarkshire

An area of North Lanarkshire is being upgraded after we awarded two grants totalling £3000 to a volunteer-led community improvement project.

Members of Northern Corridor Community Volunteers

Northern Corridor Community Volunteers (NCCVols) have been awarded the funding in recognition of their efforts to reconnect communities separated by neglected pathways.

Residents from Gartcosh, Chryston, Moodiesburn, Muirhead and Mount Ellen have installed signposts along the local path network and are working to reopen an unstable core path on land at a local golf club.

The group meet weekly to decide on their next project and will be carrying out maintenance work throughout the winter to regenerate more forgotten paths in the area.

Claire Williams, volunteer and fundraising officer at NCCVols said:

It’s fantastic to have such amazing support from our funders and the volunteers, who have really outdone themselves in their efforts for our community pathways.
Seeing it all come together in such a positive way has been fantastic and we really could not have achieved all that we’ve done so far without the amazing support we have received from Paths for All.
We’d love to have more people in our community get involved - we’ve volunteering opportunities to suit everyone, and particularly want to hear from people who have faced barriers in getting involved in community projects in the past.

Between September and October, we awarded £90,000 worth of grants to 48 groups across Scotland who will transform neglected parts of their local path networks in the coming months.

The projects will be carried out mainly by volunteers and charities and their work is expected to be finished by early 2019.

As part of a Know Your Routes campaign, money will be used for wide-ranging work including structural improvements, installing signage, hiring tools or contractors, promoting hidden routes and improving biodiversity along path networks.
This year’s three grant schemes have been funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government.