We want to raise money to pay for a professional structured plan of our local greenbelt area to apply to local council to change it into a nature and country park. We have 245 hectares of beautiful greenbelt situated next to the M8 between Coatbridge and Chapelhall.
The area has a national monument, The Monkland Canal was a 12 1⁄4-mile-long (19.7 km) canal designed to bring coal from the mining areas of Monklands to Glasgow in Scotland. It was opened progressively as short sections were completed, from 1771. It reached Gartcraig in 1782, and in 1794 it reached its full originally planned extent, from pits at Calderbank to a basin at Townhead in Glasgow. The north Calder water also runs alongside the canal making this area a massive diversity of Wildlife and Flora.
To the South of the canal we have Woodhall House and Estate. This was built, or possibly rebuilt, by Daniel Campbell of Shawfield sometime between 1711 and 1727. The house was demolished sometime after 1924, and the pavilions more recently. On the estate there was two walled gardens which have the original fruit trees still producing fruit to this day. Next to the walled gardens there is a small pond which is the home for hundreds of inscects and minibeasts not to mention the fish and birds.
Many types of creatures live in this land and a lot of them are on the endangered list because of pollution and building. Many of the trees are more than 100 years old and have protection orders placed on them but we need to protect all of the trees and all of the wildlife.
This is why we need your help. All of this area is very valuable to our wildlife and to Us. The pollution levels in Carnbroe, Sikeside, Cairnhill, Calderbank , Chapelhall and Holytown are all, way above the acceptable levels.
Our proposal to turn this area into a Nature and Country park is Essential to the health and wellbeing to the local communities .
“Cuts in air pollution in US cities over recent decades have added an average of five months of life to their inhabitants”, BBC News reported . It said that a study had matched air pollution in 51 cities with the life expectancy of their inhabitants between 1980 and 2000. It found that people in cities with the biggest shift from polluted to clean air had an average 10 months longer lifespan.
This study has some limitations, including the fact that it looked at populations rather than individuals. As such, it cannot conclude that an individual living in an area with high pollution will have a shorter life than someone living in a cleaner area. However, it does provide evidence of a general link between particulate pollution and life expectancy that needs further study. The study found that for every decrease of 10 micrograms per cubic metre of particulate pollution, life expectancy increased by more than seven months.
The Trees Surrounding the Estate Stop Pollution and produce oxygen.THEY KEEP US ALIVE!
SCOTLAND’S outgoing top doctor has warned a lack of physical activity is as damaging to health as smoking, alcohol abuse and diabetes combined. Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns said international research had shown a lack of physical activity was a major risk factor for early death. By Turning this piece of greenbelt into a Nature and Country park would save the NHS Millions by giving us somewhere to walk and relax.
Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.
Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.
You don't have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.
This area is very easily accessible and is used now by the local communities by joggers, walkers, fishing, bird watchers and is steeped in Historical interest. Its only natural that its used as a nature and country park.