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Visiting Teucheen Wood

Teucheen Wood is not only cherished by our local community but is also an area of great ecological value, being recognised as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) and legally protected by a Tree Preservation Order.

 

It is important that visitors to Teucheen Wood also do their part when passing through, making sure to ‘Respect, Protect and Enjoy’ the woodland. We ask that those visiting do so responsibly and keep in mind the following guidance:

Please respect, protect, and enjoy.

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Getting here - environmental responsibility.

Teucheen Wood has no formal car park and visitors must be considerate of residential and emergency services parking bordering the woodland. If you cannot reach the woodland on foot or by bike, please make use of nearby public transport links as opposed to driving. The path network within Teucheen is not suitable for cycling, riding bikes through the wood increases disturbance to wildlife and damages pathways (leaving them muddy and unsteady for walkers).

Minimising impact - be aware of your surroundings.

Ensure that you are not causing disturbance to wildlife with your presence, this is especially important in the spring and summer months - key breeding seasons for many species (including red-listed birds) with lots of young wildlife present in the area. Keeping dogs on lead will also help to minimise impact during your visit, this is particularly relevant to ground nesting birds present in and around the woodland during the breeding season.

Tree Preservation Order - protecting our trees.

Teucheen Wood’s Tree Preservation Order provides legal protection to the woodland, making it a punishable offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy trees without permission from local authority (Renfrewshire Council). Anyone convicted of causing damage to a tree likely to destroy it, is liable to a fine of up to £20,000 (in more serious cases, a person may be committed for trial and, if convicted, is liable to an unlimited fine. 

Outdoor Access Code - avoiding fires.

Follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, this includes never lighting open fires on the ground in woods/forests as this puts the woodland, wildlife and the public at risk. It states: ‘Wherever possible, use a stove rather than light an open fire … fires that get out of control can cause major damage, for which you might be liable. Never light an open fire during prolonged dry periods or in areas such as forests, woods, farmland.’ More advice on responsible and safe use of the outdoors at www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot

Leave no trace - take it with you.

As with any greenspace or woodland, don’t leave anything behind - this means leaving with what you came with, ensuring any litter is properly disposed of. Dumped rubbish or litter does not only harm the environment of the woodland but poses a great risk to wildlife which could become injured by or entangled in debris. You could also help us in our efforts to keep Teucheen clean by picking up a piece of litter on your walk - everyone doing a little helps a lot!

Teucheen in bloom - preserving bluebells.

Sticking to footpaths is also essential to preserve Teucheen's stunning display of bluebells over spring. Bluebells are a particularly delicate plant and are sensitive to damage and disturbance from footfall - trampling can impact the production and dispersal of their seed, it can take years for affected plants to recover. They are also protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981) so we ask that you do not wilfully damage or pick any bluebells on your visit.

Tread carefully - stick to the path.

Keeping to the established footpaths is important to minimise disturbance to wildlife, protect growing plants and for your own safety. There are various hazards which could be hidden in the dense vegetation off-path. We ask that you stick to paths where possible, and exercise caution if you (or any of your pets) must go off-path, to ensure safety and avoid injury. 

Getting here..

The main entrance to the woodland is signposted and located at:

 

Teucheen Wood

Greenock Road (A8)

Inchinnan, Renfrewshire

PA4 9NH

There is no formal parking for the woodland but there are ample bus links in the surrounding area, the nearest bus stops are located at: Inchinnan Bus Depot and Inchinnan Village (Old Greenock Road). 

The main pathway stretches from the entrance at Greenock Road towards the heart of the woodland and out via the main entrance (for further guidance, please refer to our path map).  While the pathway is well-used, terrain can be uneven and quite muddy, so please take care and ensure you are wearing appropriate footwear for your walk.

Make sure to have a read of our handy tips above before visiting to help us preserve and protect our community woodland!

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