If you go down to the woods today … bring your smartphone.
In 2019 we completed a new interactive wildlife trail in Linn Park, one of Glasgow’s largest dear green places. It uses smartphone technology to help people better understand the rich natural diversity of this part of the city.
The trail winds through a woodland area in the park with colourful doors designed by local children with attached QR codes that can be scanned to reveal information on the local wildlife.
The project was led by Friends of Linn Park in co-operation with pupils from four local schools and the Countryside Ranger Service. It received funding from Paths for All who seek to create a happier, healthier Scotland through encouraging walking opportunities.
Dorothy Buchanan, Chair of Friends of Linn Park, said:
“Linn Park is a great place for children to get fresh air and learn about local wildlife. We’ve been delighted with the enthusiasm for the project from local pupils who have come up with some amazing door designs that will be used to guide visitors around the new trail.”
Since the trail opened Friends of Linn Park continue to look after the path through the woods with regular litter picking, removal of invasive plants, lopping where needed and further path improvement work. We have engaged with other schools to get involved with looking after the area and will continue to ensure the trail is a friendly and inviting woodland walk.