Falkirk’s ‘hidden oasis’ full of life

Westquarter Glen will be full of life on Saturday
Westquarter Glen will be full of life on Saturday

The official opening of a lay-by doesn’t usually inspire excitement, but an event at Falkirk’s “hidden oasis” on Saturday will change that.

The regeneration of Westquarter Glen is gathering pace and a massive day of fun and activity is planned to celebrate the attraction’s beauty and biodiversity.

Westquarter Wildlife Group (WWG) has joined up with the Helix Trust and registered the glen with the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad’s ‘Discovering Places’ campaign, which will be launched on Saturday.

The winners of a Westquarter and Laurieston primary schools competition will cut the ribbon for the new path and lay-by before taking part in family festivities.

These include: meeting birds of prey, exotic reptiles and spiders, bats and fire service dogs, studying glen wildlife through a microscope, garden and environmental advice, slideshows and face and nail painting among a host of others.

WWG secretary Amand Jane Cameron said: “There is so much going on during this and I’d like to thank everyone who is taking part and has helped to make it happen.

“The glen is a beautiful area with so much to offer and will look even better once all the planned regeneration is done. It will be a community space for everyone to enjoy.”

Saturday’s event runs from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.