Last orders at drinking den

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Volunteers came from all over Glasgow to help tidy up a former drinking den in Cairnhill Woods in Bearsden recently.

The 12 enthusiastic helpers which included local people and TCV (Trust for Conservation) volunteers cleared rhodedendrons and picked up discarded beer cans and glass bottles near the Goat Fell viewpoint near post 3 on the Cairnhill woodland trail.

They took advice from community safety police officers and East Dunbartonshire Council to clear the area so that there were less places for people to hide.

This had been used as a drinking den for over 5 years but thanks to Cairnhill Woods group it’s been reclaimed for dog walkers and recreation.

The group of volunteers also planted woodland flowers near the ever popular Cairnhill bear sculptures which were created by local woodcarver Iain Chalmers who runs a business called Chainsaw Creations. This project was possible thanks to funding from Jackie Gillespie of East Dunbartonshire Council neighbourhood services. She helped the group successfully apply to CSV Action Earth Wonderful Woodland Flowers fund. Emma Sheppard from Cairnhill Woods Group, said: “With so many keen volunteers they had time to clear more of a former drinking den which was really great.

“We’d like to say a special thanks to Campbell Murphy of Bearsden West Community Council.

“In the run up to this event he had removed barrel loads of glass and cans from the view point area, helping make the woods an even better place for dog walks.”

Everyone is invited to attend Cairnhill Woods Group’s AGM on Sunday, November 30 at 6pm at Bearsden Inn.

Emma added: “This a chance for people to help shape future ideas for Cairnhill Woods and other local green spaces, and find out how you can get involved.”

Residents of Bearsden West all have voting rights.

Visit the Woods Group pages at or 07961320292 for more details.

Some say a cairn by post 3 with a view across to Goat Fell may have been an ancient burial place. This was investigated by a local historian but not substantiated.