The marsh is an open area of countryside, including ponds and large areas of grassland. It is an ideal place for a gentle walk or for wildlife watching.
In the past it was covered with coke and coal waste and crossed with mineral railways lines. It is now home to grassland birds, including lapwing and skylarks, and the water rail.
Work started in September 2020 to re-naturalise the Garrell River, create new paths and conserve threatened habitats and species.
The £2 million project is being managed by the council and SEPA, through the Water Environment Fund.
As part of the path and habitat improvements at Dumbreck and along the Garrell Burn path closures will be required to ensure the safety of the public. These closures will be updated as work progresses. It is planned that the closures will reduce as work progresses.
Unfortunately over the last few months there have been some delays on site owing to poor weather and also detail design issues, which we are in the process of resolving. These issues have pushed the completion date back several months and the most recent frustration has been vandalism to the newly installed boardwalk adjacent to Bogside Pond, which was set on fire and largely destroyed. Although construction on site will gradually reduce through January and February, some work may continue into March 2022 and we therefore cannot safely open up access through the site as we had hoped to, we do appreciate that this is disappointing. We know how valuable this greenspace is to you. It may be April 2022 before the public will be able to fully access the whole site again
Works have been progressing well and the whole area has seen substantial change. The new river channel is complete and water has now been flowing within it for several weeks, new bridges have been installed, invasive weeds have been treated and removed, the original burn channel has been filled in, 2 fish passes have been installed and progress is continuing on the path improvements.
Over the Christmas period the contractor will be off site (with daily checks being made of the site) and will return on 6 January to recommence works to paths. Please adhere to path closures as they are for your safety.
The patience of the community is much appreciated throughout this work and we look forward to welcoming you back in Spring 2022.