Woodland Trust Scotland improve Butterdean Wood

by | Oct 19, 2015 | Featured Slider, Latest, News


Sculptures of a Celtic wild boar and a billy witch are among a series of improvements made to a woodland near Gladsmuir.

Funding worth £38,860 from Biffa Award has allowed Woodland Trust Scotland to improve access and visitor information at Butterdean Wood, opening it up to greater use by the local community, schools and other groups.

The all-abilities footpath through the wood has been renewed, with improved drainage and benches, and information boards have been installed.

 Four imaginative metal sculptures by artist David Freedman have been created, featuring wildlife including a Celtic wild boar, billy witch and a wood wasp.
Site manager Gary Bolton said: “Butterdean Wood is a beautiful place, home to a wide range of wildlife. It’s one of the only large woods in this part of East Lothian and, thanks to the Biffa Award, we’ve been able to improve access to help people explore it.”

The wood improvements were admired recently by pupils from Macmerry Primary School.

Since 1997, the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) has been awarding grants to environmental and community projects through the Biffa Award. The fund administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd, an integrated waste management business.

Biffa Award programme manager Gillian French said: “We are really excited to be able to support in the preservation of such an important natural landscape. This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help to protect and restore beautiful places across the UK.”

Woodland Trust Scotland is part of the UK’s largest charity championing native woods and trees.

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