Vandals have caused extensive damage at Dumbreck Local Nature Reserve near Kilsyth.
A new boardwalk was deliberately set on fire and destroyed on Saturday 11 December at the site where we are carrying out a major project to re-naturalise the Garrell Burn, improve the path network and enhance the local habitat for wildlife.
Police Scotland are investigating the incident and the council is asking anyone with information that may help find those responsible to contact the police.
“This is extremely disappointing and frustrating for everyone involved in the project, as the boardwalk had been replaced in recent weeks to allow visitors to explore the reserve and wetland area more easily,” said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environment and Transportation Committee.
“I would like to thank the local community for their support during this project, as access has been limited while the work is carried out. The £2million project, funded by the council and SEPA via the Water Environment Fund, is creating a new channel through the wetland for the Garrell Burn to meander through and improving fish ecology by removing barriers to allow salmon to return to their spawning ground upstream.
“Despite this vandalism we expect the project to be complete by April 2022 and more people will be able to enjoy the wonderful wildlife and environment here at Dumbreck.”