Almondell & Calderwood Country Park
Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is tucked out of sight in the valley of the River Almond between Broxburn and East Calder, Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is probably the best kept secret in West Lothian!
The NCN75 cycle path from the car park off Pumpherston Road, Mid Calder to the Almondell Viaduct will be closed to facilitate construction of a new fish pass at Mid Calder Weir. The closure will be in place from 08.00am on 23 August 2021 until 26 May 2022 - NCN75 cycle path Almondell Country Park, Mid Calder - Cyclepath closure (Monday 23 August)
New fish pass to boost ecology of River Almond
Almondell & Calderwood Country Park
Based around two adjoining estates (Almondell and Calderwood) and with a history going back 340 million years to the time of the Carboniferous swamps, this area has much to offer its visitors.
Left undeveloped and unspoilt, Calderwood is a complete contrast to Almondell. This natural woodland, located on a plateau bounded by the Linhouse and Murieston Waters, is home to a wealth of wildlife. Roe deer, fox, heron and woodpecker all make their homes here, while the many oak and hazel trees provide food for the squirrels and wood mice. For this reason Calderwood has been designated a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Almondell History -
Most of the woods were planted as part of Henry Erskine's Almondell Estate and now form part of Almondell & Calderwood Country Park. In order to maintain the woods and public access in a healthy state for future generations, woodland management work is needed. A Woodland Management Plan was approved by, and grant assistance secured from, Scottish Forestry under their Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT) programme. Planned forestry work inevitably causes disruption in the Park but once restored will breathe new life into the woods. Information is also available in the Visitor Centre and a reference copy of the Almondell Woodland Management Plan is available at reception.
A great start has been made to the replanting of the woodland along the South Drive. Over 150 volunteers of all ages, including pupils from East Calder and St Paul's Primary Schools, the Young Police Volunteer Group, a group undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh badge and the Friends of Almondell & Calderwood, all lent a hand to plant and protect 2000 oak, silver birch, alder, sycamore and Scots pine trees. More tree planting events are planned. Ornamental trees will be planted along the drive to give Spring and Autumn colour, with fruiting trees and shrubs along the edge of the Calderwood Development. Trees will be planted in gaps in the former Larch Wood as well as allowing young trees to grow up naturally from seed in the soil.
Interested in helping
If you are interested in helping, please send your email or telephone contact details for "Almondell Tree Planting" to email@example.com or call at the Visitor Centre.
The path along the former Larch Wood has been completed, and the renewal of the path from the North Drive to the Mandela Bridge has also been upgraded. The landscaping of the North Car Park is still underway. Tree safety work followed by path improvement works are planned along the canal feeder to Powies Path as per notices on site.
Please take care and heed the safety notices or directions from the contractors.
Mobile sawing unit demonstration
In May 2021 a mobile sawing unit demonstration ran at Almondell with pupils from local primary schools attending and enjoyed seeing and learning about woodlands.
Grants and Funding
All the above projects would not be possible without the grants and other funding from NatureScot Better Places Green Recovery Fund, Scottish Forestry's Woods In and Around Towns Grant, planning contributions from Stirling Developments Ltd and West Lothian Council's Capital Fund.
Almondell Historic Wall Update
Thank you to visitors for your patience while work is ongoing.
Face coverings must be worn if you enter this building
Almondell & Calderwood is open throughout the year and admission is free.
|Visitor Centre Reception|
|Summer: 28/03/2022 - 30/10/2022||9am - 5pm|
|Winter: 31/10/2022- 26/03/2023||10am - 4pm|
Please note, Almondell Visitor Centre closes for lunch between 12.30-13.00.
The Visitor Centre is closed on the 25 December and 26 December and 1 and 2 January.
Contact - Telephone: 01506 882254
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