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Media Release / 01/11/2017

Paths for All

Volunteers required to assist with community project!

Mount Vernon Community Hall (MVCH) volunteers are calling for all volunteers across the local community to join them after being successful in receiving funding £1,500 from

Scottish Charity Paths for All

to improve local paths in Mount Vernon Park

This fantastic project will encourage more people to get active outdoors and get involved with their community.   The volunteers will assist with plans to create a nature trail within an existing woodland area behind Mount Vernon Community Hall located within Mount Vernon Park in the East-end of Glasgow.  The area was once part of a railway line linking Glasgow to Lanarkshire and is now owned by Railway Paths Ltd.  The area has been left unloved for a number of years and has sadly become neglected and used for fly tipping.  The MVCH volunteers would like to create a nature trail through the area which will link up with existing paths within the Park to create a natural walking loop.  The path will also link into the ongoing community garden growing space project.  Plans include the creation of some seating, a learning area and if funding can be sourced, an outdoor gym area.  The group plan to sow wildflower meadows, plant native trees and shrubs to develop and improve existing wildlife habitats and the general biodiversity of the area.  Tidying the woodland area would allow this area to be used and enjoyed by the local community including children who attend the playgroup in the Community Hall and other local groups and schools.  We hope to create a better place for people to explore and enjoy as well as improve the community’s health and wellbeing by getting people more physically active outdoors and in contact with nature.

This path is currently unused by the majority of the local community as it is at present difficult to access and the group hope that by making this part of the path more accessible they will see an increase in people making full use of this great community asset.

Mount Vernon Community Hall (MVCH) volunteers are hosting a volunteering day on Wednesday the 22nd of November 17 between 10am and 3:30pm and are inviting everyone to come along and take part!

The volunteers are required to help with clearing the site of debris and removing some of the overgrown plants and trees in preparation to creating a path for our nature trail.  Give one hour of your time a morning, afternoon or the entire day, it really doesn’t matter.  No previous experience necessary, and all ages and skills levels are welcomed you may even learn a new skill in the process!

Ian Findlay, Chief Officer of Paths for All said:

We were really pleased to be able to support this project through our Community Path grant fund. We would now encourage anyone who can to support the group by joining them on their volunteer day.

Getting involved in a path development project like this is a great opportunity to feel part of the community and really gives a sense of pride and achievement to volunteers.  As well as feeling like you have contributed significantly to the place where you live, it is the perfect chance to have fun and share a laugh or two with other likeminded people.“

If you are interested in taking part  or want to find out more please get in touch by email on or telephone one of our existing volunteers on 07734 429064.

MEDIA RELEASE / 06 October 2017

Action Earth

Railway Path Nature Trail

 Mount Vernon Community Hall (MVCH) Volunteers is calling on everyone to lend a hand to improve their local environment, and get involved in their forthcoming Volunteering Matters Action Earth project.


MVCH volunteers will be holding a Community Engagement Day to improve local paths in Mount Vernon Park on the 22nd of November 2017 from 10am onwards


The activity is part of the Volunteering Matters Action Earth campaign which is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.


Volunteering Matters Action Earth will be supporting around 170 projects in Scotland in 2017 with grant awards of up to £500. These grants are aimed at groups who support and encourage volunteer activity through practical environmental projects.


Mark Donohoe, who is Chairperson for the Mount Vernon Community Hall, wants to see as many people as possible come along to help their activity. .


Everybody can get involved in their local outdoor spaces. They are a shared resource and a shared responsibility. From the smallest individual action to a national campaign, every contribution helps!  The Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants are designed to help groups of volunteers take practical action to improve and create places for wildlife.”


If you are keen to learn new skills, improve your local environment and have fun at the same time, email :

If you think you might have your own great idea for a project call the Volunteering Matters Action Earth team on 0131 622 7766 or register at

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