Parkhead Community Woodland phase 1


2012 Winner: Community Woodlands category

 Parkhead is a community access woodland on the edge of West Calder, close to residences and businesses, and is one of several collaborations with the Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT).

The principle objective of the scheme is to deliver the Central Scotland Forest Strategy of increasing woodland cover within the region. Additional objectives are mitigation against climate change, and biodiversity and landscape improvements (which bring all the multi-purpose benefits of woodland to the local community).

The majority of the existing path routes have been left relatively open, with "rides" varying from 5 to 10 m wide. In addition shrub species have been concentrated along these woodland edges, which should also help to keep a more open feeling.

CSFT involved the local community / schools with the woodland establishment through organising planting events, and beyond this CSFT will deliver a further phase of work in the near future where the access within this, and neighbouring land belonging to West Lothian Council, will be improved.


Validated under the Woodland Carbon Code.

Project additional benefits:

  • community
  • wildlife
  • water quality
  • Trees planted:

  • 9,000 over 5.85 hectares
  • When:

  • Winter 2009/2010
  • Predicted CO2 capture:

  • 1,980 tonnes over 100 years
  • Species mix:

  • Oak 40%, Silver Birch 10%, Downy Birch 10%, Rowan 10%, Ash 8%, Hazel 8%, Alder 7%, Hawthorn 4%, Holly 3%