SLCT's masonry training squad have recently completed work to save the doocot situated in Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Cumbernauld Glen Wildlife Reserve. To celebrate, an open day was held within the Glen on Saturday 15 March.
The 17th century doocot was in desperate need of repairs following recent vandalism and inappropriate work undertaken in the 1950s. The project was supported by the Landfill Tax Community Fund.
Rachel Avery of the Scottish Wildlife Trust commented ‘The doocot is hugely valued by so many people in Cumbernauld, and it’s brilliant to see it looking so beautiful after its careful restoration. The old cement mortar used to repair the doocot in the past has all been carefully picked out and replaced by lime mortar, similar to what would have been used originally. This is much better for the stone work and shows the doocot off to perfection.’
Malcolm Ward of the Friends of Cumbernauld Glen group said “What a pleasure to see the doocot returned to near original condition and enhancing the glen once again. The work wouldn’t be possible without the successful partnership of all the organisations and the local community. Hopefully it will stand for another 400 years.”