Queensferry set for another Green Flag

GREEN FLAG: Station Road Park in South Queensferry
GREEN FLAG: Station Road Park in South Queensferry
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plans are in motion to recognise the extensive work that has been carried out at the Ferry Glen in Queensferry.

Hopes are high that within the coming year, the woodland area will be put forward for a prestigious Green Flag award.

The news comes just days after the announcement that the Green Flag award for Station Road Park has been renewed in recognition of ongoing improvements to the park.

If the Ferry Glen did achieve Green Flag status, it would be a “dream come true” for local man Gordon Wood, who instigated the revival of interest in the woodland glen more than a decade ago.

Since then the woodland in Queensferry has had a complete transformation. The city council took over the management of the Ferry Glen and Back Braes area in 2005 and since then the woodland setting has blossomed.

With the Dalmeny to Queensferry cycle pathway running parallel to it, moves were made to create a woodland walk within the glen, the undergrowth was cut away, wildflowers and bulbs planted. New paths leading down into the glen were also created as was a new path along the Back Braes which offers views across the Forth that haven’t been seen for many a year.

Gordon, who is chairman of the Friends of Ferry Glen, said: “The transformation of the Ferry Glen and the Back Braes has been amazing and in such a short period of time. It is a dream come true to me and many other people in Queensferry.”

He said: “The Friends of Ferry Glen are working in partnership with the city council’s in order to increase biodiversity and improve the amenities in the glen and the Back Braes area. We are working together with the intention of submitting an application for a Green Flag award for both to complement the award for Station Road Park. If this aim can be achieved it will bring substantial benefits to this area of the town. With much of the work carried out by volunteers, local people can rightly have a sense of pride in what has been achieved.“

Gordon added: “In preparing a fresh management plan for the area, we now need to introduce interpretation boards and the like and we want to hear from anyone who has memories of the old railway line and and its engine Maude.’’

SETTING THE SCENE: The Station Road Park transformation, above right.