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The Wildlife Woodland Walk


what is it?

In August 2000, hundreds of native trees were planted around the eastern fringe of the Allanton grounds, to create a wildlife corridor. Our wonderful volunteers made a path, in the winter of 2014-15, by cutting down some trees and removing low branches. They were careful to leave dead wood, essential to wildlife, including woodpeckers.

 The Allanton Wildlife Woodland Walk was launched on the 6th June 2015 at the 17th World Peace Festival. Colin Mitchell, the then Chairperson of Solway Heritage, cut the ribbon, and a procession of 100 people, small and large, followed the Moniaive Samba Band through the woods.

By leaves we live. Some people have strange ideas that they live by money. They think energy is generated by the circulation of coins. Whereas the world is mainly a vast leaf colony, growing on and forming a leafy soil, not a mere mineral mass: and we live not by the jingling of our coins, but by the fullness of our harvests.
— Patrick Geddes (1854 – 1932)
Lime leaves turning, September 2018

Lime leaves turning, September 2018


The woodland walk is open throughout the year.
All Welcome

Scots Pines ( Pinus sylvestris) , September 2018

Scots Pines (Pinus sylvestris), September 2018


Thank you to our funders: Solway Heritage, Auldgirth District Community Council, and the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are also grateful for the help given by Sanquhar Academy, and many individuals, including Jake, Archie and Richard, who helped us to increase the local biodiversity, and made our Wildlife Woodland Walk accessible to many more people.

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For further Information please contact Jessica: