West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) and Green Action Trust (GATrust) are working together to deliver a range of access and environmental improvements in Faifley Knowes.

Following a community consultation to identify improvements wanted by local people, funding has been secured and the works will start on site in March 2022.

Improvements to the site include:

  • Re-surfacing paths, improving drainage and cutting back overgrown and encroaching vegetation
  • Extending the hard surface tar paths from residential areas to the shops on Glasgow Road
  • Removing 2 flights of steps to improve access
  • Replacing or fixing bridges
  • Signage and entrance improvements
  • Thinning out areas of woodland and shelterbelts to create a more open feel and to preserve the long-term health of the woodland
  • Planting new areas of woodland for seasonal colour, shelter from the weather and wildlife
  • Removal of dead or damaged trees and invasive plants such as laurel and Japanese knotweed
  • Removal of rubbish and fly-tipping
  • a new community woodland on the area of unused land beside Douglas Muir Road will also be planted and will provide habitat connection between Faifley Knowes and Auchnacraig Woodland Park.  The location and designs for the new woodland is detailed in the map below.

The project included plans to include planting native broadleaved and conifer trees to provide seasonal interest, colour and provide shelter, formalising entrances to make the site more welcoming and installing a seating area at the highest point so people can enjoy the spectacular views.

If you would like to discuss the proposals in more detail please contact Linda McConaghie from the Green Action Trust at linda.mcconaghie@greenactiontrust.org.


The Green Action Trust (GATrust) is the trusted delivery partner focussed on environmental and regeneration outcomes for Scotland. We plan, collaborate and deliver positive action across the country to achieve Scotland’s climate change ambitions. We turn ideas into tangible change to build more sustainable communities and a greener country.

Faifley Community Woodland

Faifley Knowes improvement plans