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Motherwell heritage trail scoops award

Local Landscape Heroes Phoenix Futures trail

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    20 February 2018

Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) Heritage staff scooped the prestigious Partnership Award for the creation of the Local Landscape Heroes heritage trail, leading from Strathclyde Country Park to Dalzell Estate, in the Phoenix Futures New Year’s Honours ceremony, on Tuesday 6 February in London.

The team with the Phoenix Futures New Year Honours Partnership Award. L-R: Phoenix Futures service user, Dr Paul Murtagh (CAVLP Heritage), Rachel McRae (CAVLP Heritage) and John Deeney, Phoenix Futures Service Manager
The team with the Phoenix Futures New Year Honours Partnership Award. L-R: Phoenix Futures service user, Dr Paul Murtagh (CAVLP Heritage), Rachel McRae (CAVLP Heritage) and John Deeney, Phoenix Futures Service Manager

The annual ceremony takes place to recognise dedication and success in helping thousands of people tackle substance misuse, through Recovery Through Nature initiatives.

The Local Landscape Heroes heritage trail was created in partnership with CAVLP Heritage and Phoenix Futures, and was opened by North Lanarkshire Provost, Jean Jones, in December last year. It celebrates the people and communities that have shaped and been inspired by the landscape of the Clyde and Avon Valley over the millennia.

The trail takes walkers past some of the most significant historical features in North Lanarkshire, including the Roman Baths at Strathclyde Park, Clyde Bridge, Dalzell Estate and St Patricks Kirkyard. It helps visitors learn about the people and communities that built or were associated with these important historical places, such as the Romans, the ancient Celts and the Covenanters, as well as more recent Local Landscape Heroes, such as Phoenix Futures. View the trail online at here and watch the video from the launch day below.

 

The project was managed by Northlight Heritage, working in partnership with Phoenix Futures, as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund and South Lanarkshire LEADER supported CAVLP.

Paul Murtagh, CAVLP Heritage Project Officer says, “It was a real honour to have been nominated for the Partnership Award and to have our work with Phoenix Futures recognised in such a way. The trail will serve as an important legacy for the project and a symbol of the hard work of Phoenix Futures staff and service users who physically cleared many of the historic sites as well as researching the history.”

Phoenix Futures service users set to work at the Roman bath house, Strathclyde Country Park
Phoenix Futures service users set to work at the Roman bath house, Strathclyde Country Park

John Deeney, Recovery through Nature Scotland manager for Phoenix Futures says, “This has been a fantastic venture working in partnership with CAVLP to create a Local Landscape Heroes trail for the benefit of the local community. The groups that have worked on the trail have left a legacy that will be enjoyed by the local communities for many years to come.  I was very proud that we gained a partnership award at Phoenix Futures New Year’s Honours. Winning the award was a fantastic achievement for the partnership, service users and volunteers who worked extremely hard to make the trail possible.”

Follow the trail markers to find out about the Romans, Celts and Covenanters that helped shape the area
Follow the trail markers to find out about the Romans, Celts and Covenanters that helped shape the area

The Local Landscape Heroes trail booklet will be available in local libraries, lifestyle and leisure centres throughout North and South Lanarkshire. Digital copies can be downloaded from here.

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