As the sun broke through the trees at Auchengillan Outdoor Centre on Sunday a group of young people from the Glasgow Disabled Scouts along with volunteers and supporters gathered to open a very special new path that’s accessible to all.
Designed by young people based on their experiences of going on adventures using a wheelchair, the more than 300m long ‘Path of Possibilities’ has been created with help from The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) with financial backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
It’s taken more than two years with young people participating in all aspects of its design and construction, as well as activities to learn about the wildlife and habitats along the length of the path.
As well as the path itself the young people have been building a dead hedge, sowing wildflower seeds, planting native wetland plants and helping to construct a pond dipping platform and bird watching station.
They have also been learning about the heritage of Glasgow Disabled Scouts – which is celebrating its 85th birthday in 2018. They interviewed former Scouts and volunteers and looked through photos taken in 1933 and onwards.
Two young people – Michael (21) and Gabriel (8) were on hand to officially open the path. Afterwards, Michael said:
“Some of us were involved in doing the drawings for the path a while ago when this was nothing but a muddy field with lots of trees, so to see it in real life was really exciting!
“Before we couldn’t get around here at all but now we have a path that is good for wheelchairs so we can explore a bit more.”
Lead volunteer of the Glasgow Disabled Scouts, Michael Shanks added:
“This project has opened up the outdoors so that more young people of all abilities can explore and see and experience the natural environment for themselves.
“This is a great example of how Scouting gets young people outdoors, experiencing new things and gaining skills for life”.
To find out more about The Conservation Volunteers, visit their website here.
Glasgow Disabled Scouts provides one to one support for young people aged 7 to 25 with complex disabilities and additional support needs. We believe everyone is entitled to an adventure. You can get in touch with us here.