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This 134 ha former open cast, surface mining site is being restored throughout 2018-19, with the aim to return it to a similar form before the mining works. This will create a productive conifer forest; with the addition of having an element of a mixed woodland (conifer and broadleaved trees), as well as a pure broadleaved woodland and shrubs. The retention of features such as the large headwall, showing exposed geological strata, highlights the underground geology which is of educational interest both in the natural landscape as well as for the site's historical setting in industrial use. Open water habitat, with the creation of further wetland areas, aim to enhance the biodiversity potential of the site. The land management plan for Mainshill was formally approved in April 2019 and is scheduled for renewal by 2029.

Mainshill photo panoramaV2


  • Summer 2018 - site survey, site analysis
  • Autumn 2018 - initial design concept for the woodland including tree species choice and shapes
  • Winter 2018 - community consultation undertaken in conjunction with Scottish Mines Restoration Trust (SMRT)
  • Early Spring 2019 - application submitted for formal approval
  • Spring 2019 -  plan formally approved

Land mnagement plan documents

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