Mugdock Park praised in survey report

Councillor Graham Lambie from Stirling Council; East Dunbartonshire Councillor Eric Gotts, Chair of Mugdock Country Park Joint Management Committee and Mary Coulshed, Team Leader at Mugdock.
Councillor Graham Lambie from Stirling Council; East Dunbartonshire Councillor Eric Gotts, Chair of Mugdock Country Park Joint Management Committee and Mary Coulshed, Team Leader at Mugdock.

A woodland and park popular with people throughout East Dunbartonshire and beyond has been praised in a new survey.

Mugdock Country Park attracts more than 600,000 visitors per year.

A new survey - commissioned to help guide future development - has found the majority of users come from within a 20-mile radius of the park - with family activities, dog walking and exercise very popular.

Around 670 replies were received, with most respondents using the park for jogging, walking or a day out with children.

The majority travel by car and spend up to three hours in the park.

Satisfaction with most of the facilities was high - including theatre/room hire, the new playpark, the Victorian walled garden, Mugdock Castle, paths and the Stables Tearoom.

However,respondents flagged up a desire for improved car parking, toilets and adventure trails.

Paths proved a topical subject with users either suggesting that more maintenance was required or too much intervention had been carried out and paths should be left as grass. More signage has also been requested.

The highest rated services within the park were countryside and theatre events, and conservation and ranger-led activities. There is a desire for more nature, walking and children’s activities.

Respondents flagged up dog bins, grounds maintenance and the park’s booking system as areas for improvement.

Councillor Eric Gotts, chairman of Mugdock Country Park Joint Management Committee, said: “Mugdock Country Park offers a superb range of leisure, conservation, retail and cultural activities.

“I am delighted with the results of the survey, which show the great number of visitors who value the natural and unspoilt wilderness within the park.

“Responses to questions about Craigend Castle demonstrated overwhelmingly that respondents did not want the castle to be demolished.

“A range of uses was suggested by respondents and information will be fed back to Strathblanefield Community Development Trust, which is aiming to bring the castle back into sustainable use for community purposes.

“Mugdock is a key local asset in terms of both the natural environment and leisure and cultural attractions. It is also an important part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s Economic Development
Strategy.”

Questionnaires were designed and distributed by the park management team to customers, community councils, voluntary groups, government bodies, local schools, libraries, public buildings and events.

Councillor Graham Lambie, who represents Stirling Council on the management committee, said: “It’s clear that Mugdock Country Park is a well-used, popular and much loved local asset.

“It’s reassuring to know just how much people value this wonderful resource - from Stirling, East Dunbartonshire and beyond.”