Roughcastle Community Woodland

Roughcastle Community Woodland
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Roughcastle Community Woodland

Lying to the southeast of Bonnybridge, immediately to the south of Roughcastle Fort on the Antonine Wall is Roughcastle Community Woodland. Created on the site of an open cast coal mine, which was worked until 1996. The restored area covers 90 ha (222 acres) of which one third, comprising the eastern section of the area, was restored to farmland and the remainder to form the Roughcastle Community Woodland.

The woodland includes a network of footpaths, picnic areas and viewpoints. The tree planting comprises native species intended to give examples of different woodland species found throughout Scotland.

The woodland was created by Coal Contractors Ltd. who had worked the opencast mine, with design and management assistance from Scottish Woodlands Ltd. and partial funding from the Forestry Authority.

In addition to its recreational uses Roughcastle Community Woodland is used for education, and to promote conservation, by local schools and community groups.

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