|The Penny Project|
The Penny Project was set up
to create and manage Northburn Community Park, on a local
greenbelt site, between Airdrie & Coatbridge, known as "The
These industries have long
since gone (we are not sure about the witches - they may still be
there?) and in 1984 the area was landscaped, embankments were
lowered, paths were created or improved, bridges were built, disused
quarries were filled. Some 16,000 trees and bushes were planted. Its
maturing landscape is now framed by woodlands surrounding meadows,
peatland and marshy areas.
The Community Park falls within the area of the Airdrie Woodlands initiative. Representatives of the Penny Project were invited by the Central Scotland Countryside Trust to participate at the official launch of the Airdrie Woodlands. They exhibited the story and pictures of the Penny Project. Later they were presented to H.R.H. Princess Anne who showed quite an interest in the Project.
The Project is supported by various conservation organisations including: The Central Scotland Countryside Trust, The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Department of Leisure Services of North Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Natural Heritage.
The Committee is presently seeking funding to develop the Park and to employ a team who will design, implement and manage the Park in future years. They will have the task of deciding what goes where and of determining how much finance is necessary.
The aim of the project to develop Northburn Community Park into a more valuable
resource available to the community. The new planting wouldl increase the
overall wooded feel of the site. The entrance points to the site would be
upgraded by vehicle exclusion measures to prevent dumping.
The area has already been ploughed and the tree planting was launched in May by Glen Rudman of the CSCT with pupils from St Andrews Primary in Airdrie.
The wildlife meadow, shaped as The Eyes, was restored last autumn by the CSCT. They organised a "Plug Day" in which members of the public helped to plant wildflower plugs on the site. These are being used to compliment any annual seeds.