Devils Ditch and Wonderful Williamston Wood have been chosen by localÂ children as names for two woods in Livingston cared for by the WoodlandÂ Trust Scotland.
Pupils from the townâ€™s Carmondean and Williamston Primary Schools wereÂ invited to christen the previously un-named woods as part of a project toÂ connect people with woodland in West Lothian. The name of each wood hasÂ been carved into special signs by sculptor Robin Wood.
Alan Mitchell, site manager from the Woodland Trust Scotland said:Â â€œWe look after a number of woods in and around Livingston that are greatÂ places to explore nature. Thanks to funding from LandTrust weâ€™ve been able toÂ make a range of improvements to increase the connection betweenÂ people and their local woodland.Â We want people living near the woods to feel a sense of ownership ofÂ their own environment and encouraging local schoolchildren to get involvedÂ through naming their own local woods is an imaginative way to helpÂ create that feeling.â€
The new wood names are part of a wider project to reconnect local peopleÂ with the woods around them in Livingston, Stoneyburn, West Calder andÂ Whitburn, including creating new paths, installingÂ sculptures andÂ seating, and hosting outdoor learning events for local schools.
The project has been made possible thanks to funding provided by Avondale Environmental and West Lothian Council through the Landfill CommunitiesÂ Fund as administered by LandTrust.
The Woodland Trust Scotland is part of the UKâ€™s leading charity championing native woods and trees.Â It has over 400,000 supporters. The Trust has three key aims: i) to plantÂ native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife ii) to protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable iii)Â restoration ofÂ damaged ancient woodland, allowing native flora and fauna to return.