West Lothian’s country parks are an antidote to seasonal stress

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West Lothian Council’s countryside section has encouraged people to enjoy its country parks in the coming months.

All three of West Lothian’s country parks are great places to get out for a walk and away from the crowds.

The red deer are roaring impressively now during the rut and children love the wide open spaces.

Executive councillor for culture and leisure, Jim Walker, commented: “This is a really nice time of year to visit the country parks and there is a lot going on for all ages.

‘‘There are also volunteering opportunities to help plant trees at Almondell and Calderwood Country Park.”

Orders are now being taken for Christmas trees which are on sale at Beecraigs.

You can choose your own Norway spruce, Nordmann fir, Fraser fir or lodgepole pine ranging from four foot to 14 foot.

The popular nine-hole golf course and the driving range have special offers on.

You can play 18 holes for the price of nine before noon Monday-Friday and the driving range is a favoured alternative during wet weather and for practice.

You can g9o along for “Happy Hour” from 6-7pm and hit 100 balls for the price of 50.

*The Ranger service is looking for more friends to join their group.

People who are interested in the environment and green spaces and want to get involved in conservation volunteering, fund-raising and improving the parks will be made welcome.

Diary dates: Saturday, November 12, plant trees at Amondell and Calderwood Country Park (phone for details 01506 882254); Sunday, December 11, Christmas crafts at Beecraigs Country Park; Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18, Beecraigs Christmas red deer walk (phone to book 01506 844516)

All of the country park events for November and December and the volunteering opportunities can be found online at www.beecraigs.com or telephone: 01506 844516.