A FORMER overgrown woodland in Queensferry which has been transformed in recent years has been recognised by being awarded a Green Flag.
The Ferry Glen and Back Braes area was awarded its Green Flag status last Thursday when the flag was erected on a pole at Station Road.
Thanks to generous funding from various environmental bodies and commitment by the city council, the area is no longer a place to avoid and is instead a haven of wildlife and natural beauty.
The transformation of the woodland area was the brainchild of Gordon Wood, chairman of Friends of Ferry Glen. And now 10 years on, he was there to see the Green Flag being raised.
He said: “What has been done to the area in the past 10 years is down to the commitment of the city council’s West Neighbourhood Group and the Friends of Ferry Glen.
‘‘I also wish to praise all those who have helped us over the years to maintain these areas by way of regular litter picking and other maintenance. Without them the Ferry Glen and the Back Braes could not have been maintained.“
Last Thursday’s ceremony saw pupils from St Margaret’s Primary, Queensferry Primary, the local Sea Cadets, local councillor Norman Work and community council representatives attend the event.
Councillor Norman Work said: “I was delighted to be asked to take part in the flag raising ceremony.
‘‘A very big thank you must go to all involved in getting Green Flag status to compliment Station Road park which also kept the Green Flag status for the third year in a row.
‘‘This follows a lot of hard work from the Friends of Ferry Glen and Back Braes Committee, supported by the West Neighbourhood Parks Team and local community groups over many years, to provide a wonderful wooded space for walking, group talks, community events and an outdoor education area for the local schools and playgroups.”