Spectacular new crannog play area to be created

Work starts at Drumpellier Country Park

February 2017

A spectacular iron-age crannog will be the centrepiece of a new play facility being installed at Drumpellier Country Park.

The 6.5m high wooden play structure is based on a traditional dwelling house, which would have been constructed on stilts over water. The play area, however, will remain firmly on dry land!

The remains of a crannog were found in Lochend Loch within the park, when it was drained for maintenance in the 1930s, and this provided the inspiration for what will be one of the largest single play structures in Scotland.

 As well as the bespoke crannog structure, the play area will include a suspension bridge, double cableway, an enclosed slide, a double width accessible slide, climbing nets, hammocks, swings, boulders and logs, sensory play items and fully accessible ramps to allow everyone to enjoy the experience.

Local elected members recently visited the park to mark the start of construction.

The project is part of the wider Seven Lochs Wetland Park, which received £4.5million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Drumpellier Country Park is being developed as a gateway to the Seven Lochs and a hub for heritage conservation, learning and engagement.

"Children will love this excellent new adventure play facility," said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee.

"It brings the iron-age history of the park and Scotland to life, encouraging children to explore and learn while they play. The facility is fully wheelchair accessible so will be open to everyone.

"This unique play feature will be a focus for the continuing development of Drumpellier Park, which is very popular with local people, and will help encourage more visitors from further afield in its new role as gateway to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park."

Funding of £210,000 for the play facility has been provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with contributions from the council, Culture NL, Coatbridge Local Area Partnership and the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, via WREN.

Stretching from Hogganfield in the west to Drumpellier and Gartcosh in the east, at around 16 sq kms, the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is Scotland's largest urban nature park.

The development of the park is being overseen by a partnership of North Lanarkshire Council, Glasgow City Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland and community partners.

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